Home to white-sand beaches, lush landscapes, sparkling waters and a laid-back atmosphere, the Caribbean beckons travelers from around the globe. While this inviting region is well known for its picturesque beaches, it offers several other postcard-worthy gems that should not be overlooked. Read on below to discover some of our favorites that you can experience on a Holland America Line shore excursion.
Castries, St. Lucia
Take yourself to the colorful city of Castries, the capital of St. Lucia where the raw beauty of the Caribbean is laid out below you, with its tropical greenery and natural wonders. In the sleepy village of Soufriere, you will find your way to the majestic view of St Lucia’s imposing Pitons (seen above) — two dormant volcano pillars, Petit Piton and Gros Piton. This impressive landscape is a must-see on your Caribbean endeavors, which is why Holland America Line offers the World Heritage Site Route: Beginning & Ending in Castries shore excursion to allow guests to experience these remarkable tropical escapes.
St. Thomas, U.S.V.I
A visit to St. Thomas is incomplete without stopping by the magnificent Magens Bay — acclaimed as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by the National Geographic Society. The soft, white sand, crystal-clear waters and spectacular palm-fringed coastline is unlike your regular weekend beach experience.
Magens Bay is the perfect place to truly unwind, slow down and feel like you’re on vacation. Relax in this paradise, enjoy the calm waters and snorkel for sea life. You can visit this sublime location through our Magens Bay Beach Getaway shore excursion.
St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda
With our Montserrat by Helicopter shore excursion, you have an exclusive opportunity to view Montserrat and witness its active volcano up-close, but from a safe distance.
The Montserrat Exclusion Zone is an area covering 30 square miles that is off-limits to both ground transportation and habitation, making helicopter the only way to get an up-close look at the Soufrière Volcano. This extraordinary natural landmark rises to 3,000 feet above sea level and frequently emits a combination of ash, smoke and steam—making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is a sight to behold.
St. Kitts Railway
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts Scenic Railway is the ride of a lifetime if you’re looking for a memorable journey around a beautiful island. The northeastern coastline of St. Kitts is where you can find fields of sugarcane that stretch from the shoreline up to the stunning mountains that dominate the horizon.
Roll across tall steel bridges and wind through small, charming villages and farms to see much of the island from the comfort of a double-deck railcar where you can enjoy panoramic views and fresh open air from the upper level. This scenic route is one you shouldn’t miss if you want to experience the diverse beauty of the Caribbean.
Martha Brae River
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Venture to one of the most picturesque places in Jamaica, the Land of Wood and Water, for a uniquely Jamaican experience.
Picture it — you’re on a bamboo river raft, gliding slowly down a river that meanders gently through whispering groves of bamboo and ferns. As your raft travels past shaded banks and through dappled sunlight, float along in a relaxing atmosphere of tranquility over the three-mile journey before arriving at the Rafter’s Rest. This unique river journey is not only relaxing but a beautiful, immersive experience that turns every second into perfect photo-op. Book our Rafting on the Martha Brae shore excursion to make your Jamaica cruise adventure one to remember.
Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or on-board connoisseur, a Caribbean cruise has got it all. Have you visited these locales? If not, which one are you most eager to see? Let us know in the comments below!