A bareboat Caribbean cruise is the perfect way to see the Eastern Caribbean, free from the constraints of “standard” cruise packages. You won’t have anyone telling you what you can and can’t see, or how long you can stay at one destination. There’s no rush, so you can enjoy your favorite ports of call as long as you like.
Where can your bareboat Caribbean cruise take you? Here are just a few of the many options:
- Bahamas: Most cruise travelers only get to see bits of Grand Bahama Island or Nassau. While these are fantastic destinations, filled with the culture, food and scenery the Bahamian Islands are known for, there are numerous other options for bareboat Caribbean cruise travelers. For example, the Exumas, which are south of Grand Bahama along the Tropic of Cancer, are home to the private residences of stars like Johnny Depp and Faith Hill. Cat Island, about 130 miles from Nassau, offers shark diving, regattas and nature hiking. And in Rum Cay, about 185 miles from Nassau, is a 45 square mile jewel studded with historical ruins and coral reefs.
- U.S. Virgin Islands: While on your bareboat Caribbean adventure, explore the U.S. Virgin Islands, which feature remarkable ecodiversity in a laid-back setting. For a cosmopolitan vibe, check out St. Thomas, the most developed of the Virgin Islands. Tiny St. Croix packs desert landscapes, rainforests and architectural wonders into its compact land mass. Hiking and snorkeling are favorite activities on St. John, the least developed of the U.S. Virgin Islands. And Water Island, the newest addition to the Virgin Islands, is an unspoiled tropical playground with a population of less than 500.
- Puerto Rico: Where else can you visit a 15th century Spanish fort and then relax in an upscale nightclub – in walking distance of each other? Puerto Rico is a sometimes confusing mix of the old and the new – but that’s precisely why this country is a “must see” destination for your bareboat Caribbean cruise. While you’re here, be sure to visit some of the picturesque beaches, offshore coral reefs and caves for some amazing photo opportunities.
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