I am not going to lie, living in Florida has its perks! We might have some crazy news stories and social media challenges (think "Florida man + your birthday") but we also have access to some of the BEST cruise ports in the world. Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line as well as many others make their ships home within our state. It's AWESOME because what's better than having beautiful cruise ships that sail all over the Caribbean all within a 2-5 hours drive?
Here are our favorite ports of call in the caribbean and some of the fun things we have done when there.
1. Nassau, Bahamas
Whenever we are in Nassau, we make sure to head over to Atlantis Resort Bahamas and try our luck at the casino (in hopes of winning big and getting to shop at the amazing upscale shops on site), check out their amazing water park and eat at their incredible restaurants. We also check out the straw market for some awesome souvenirs and will grab a bit to eat at the Conch Fritters Bar & Grill.
2. Labadee, Haiti
Labadee, Haiti is Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's private resort. The resort is only used by Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise, and Azamara Club Cruise which are all apart of Royal Caribbean International. The port is home to the Dragon's Tail Coaster, Dragon Breath Zip Line, and the Arawak waterpark. We love coming here because it's a limited amount of people and a lunch buffet is included.
3. Mahogany Bay & Coxen Hole, Roatan, Honduras
Mahogany Bay in Roatan is a given for us. The country is so beautiful and the people are extremely friendly. You can choose to stay in Mahogany Bay or rent a car, like we did, and go explore the island.
4. Costa Maya, Mexico
We love Costa Maya! A quick, inexpensive taxi ride to the beach is a must do. There are great little restaurants, awesome beach bars with 11am margaritas and ladies giving awesome massages.
5. Falmouth, Jamaica
We did an excursion through Carnival Cruise for this port. It was the best! First we did Dunn's River Falls and then we explored a bat cave. Well worth it!
6. George Town, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is a familiar port to us since we have been a number of times. The island is really beautiful and everything is convenient to walk or take a quick taxi ride to. When there, be sure to stop and send your family a post card from HELL on your way to the turtle farm.
7. St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
St. Thomas VI is an incredibly beautiful island full of rich Danish history... and a K-Mart. Yes, we ended up at a K-Mart on our trip but honestly, it was really cool to see the difference in items being sold compared to the 48s. We also took a trip aboard the St. Thomas Skyride, a sky tram that brings you 700 feet above the town of Charlotte Amalie. The views were insanely beautiful (so beautiful that we feature them in our YouTube channel opening).
8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
If history & architecture is your cup of tea, San Juan, Puerto Rico is an ideal location for your to plan a cruise to. From the moment we got off our Carnival cruise ship, I was begging to move there. The building were beautiful. The fort was beautiful. All of it was amazing!
9. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, St. Martin
The Island of St. Martin is divided between the "French" side and the "Dutch" side, which means double to love! Our Royal Caribbean ship arrived in St. Maarten, which is on the dutch side of the island. While we were there, we tried our luck at the Coliseum Princess Casino. Well, luck wasn't on our side that day so we headed to the beach for an amazing view and relaxing day.
10. Oranjestad, Aruba
If we had to put a label of our "FAVORITE" port, Aruba wins the title! This gorgeous previous Dutch-colony has it all. Beautiful beaches, incredible terrain, amazing cliff sides and the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary.