Montego Bay, Jamaica
One of Jamaica's most fun-filled towns for travelers, beach goers and watersports the Montego Bay area is host to shops, restaurants and night clubs. Nature lovers take lazy raft rides down the Martha Brae River. There's even the possibility of a supernatural experience at 18th century Rose Hall, haunted by Annie Palmer, the famous "White Witch of Jamaica."
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Port Antonio is the capital of the town of Portland on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, about 60 miles from Kingston. The population is approximately 13,500.
Port Antonio is quiet and beautiful and very charming. However, if you have an eye for arts and crafts, and all the jewels Jamaica has to offer, you should spend time here. Visit the beautiful Blue Lagoon and the secluded Frenchman's Cove Beach, for example.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
It is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World. Santo Domingo came to be known as the "gateway to the Caribbean".
The city is the center of economic activity in the Dominican Republic. Many national and international firms have their headquarters or regional offices in Santo Domingo. The city attracts many international firms and franchises due to its geographic location, stability and vibrant economy.
Famous landmarks in Santo Domingo include the Calle El Conde, the Puerta de la Misericordia, the Catedral Santa María La Menor, and the Alcázar de Colón, all of which are located within the Zona Colonial district of the city. This part was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.
Other places of interest are Plaza de la Cultura, which houses the city's most important cultural venues such as the Teatro Nacional and the Museo de Arte Moderno; the Palacio de Bellas Artes , a neoclassical theatre that is the permanent home of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional; the Parque Mirador Sur, a six square kilometers park in the southwestern part of the city; the Faro a Colón, a cross-shaped lighthouse built in honor of Christopher Columbus; and the Boulevard 27 de Febrero, a pedestrian promenade located on the busy Avenida 27 de Febrero which displays many works of art from prominent Dominican artists and sculptors.
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy, France (overnight)
There was never any hope of lucrative sugar plantations in St.Barths. It was too dry, too steep, too rocky, and, finally, too small. Unsuitable for agriculture, the island was never coveted as a prize during the colonial wars of the 18th century.
The island did, however, have a serviceable harbor, and this allowed the town that grew around it, Gustavia, to play a key role in that intermittent conflict, a role that was to presage much of its future.
As a free port under Swedish rule, Gustavia provided a trade and supply center for the various warring factions. When a sea captain captured a prize or raided a settlement, he could sell the booty in St. Barths, and at the same time resupply his ship. Overflowing warehouses surrounded a harbor packed with ships from many nations, and a mercantile and architectural tradition was established that has lingered to the present day.
Today, the town has adjusted itself to satisfy the increasing number of visiting tourists. Restaurants, boutiques, and gift shops now line streets once busy with merchants, merchant seamen, and adventurers.
Falmouth Harbor/Antigua (& Barbuda)
Terre de Haut, Iles des Saintes
The Saints are an archipelago of 8 volcanic islets, tropical hideaways scalloped by white sandy beaches and sheltered coves. The 17th century Fort Napoleon is impressive, with fine views over the islands and surrounding seas. A charming and seductive atmosphere pervades Iles de Saints. It's enough to make you want to buy your dream villa and leave the world behind.
Cabrits National Park is at the north end of the island, north of Portsmouth on a peninsula. The park protects tropical forest, coral reefs and wetlands. There are hiking trails and an English garrison called Fort Shirley.
Marigot Bay, St. Lucia (AM)
"The most beautiful Bay in the Caribbean", said James Michener. All year round, Marigot Bay is the home of dozens of sailboats which choose this tropical fjord, a wonderful natural harbor and
yachtsman's haven. It's so picturesque in fact that it has been used for background shots in many Hollywood films.
The restaurants overlooking the bay are all unique, some laid back and mellow, others rowdy. The locals are very sweet and helpful, with real interest in showing you a good time. The beach merchants are definitely pushing their wares, but not in an obnoxious way.
The snorkeling is reported as excellent. You might like to try some scuba diving, as well
Soufriere, St. Lucia (PM)
Soufriere is a fishing town on St. Lucia's southwest coast. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, Soufriere sits below the Pitons, St. Lucia's landmark volcanic peaks. The town is small and simple, with a central square on which is located the Church of the Assumption, and narrow streets lined with bright-painted houses. You can wander with your camera, stop at a local seafood restaurant, or buy some treats to eat from a street vendor, or perhaps linger at a bar for a rum drink. The people are friendly and fun-loving. There are spas for massage, and hot, volcanic spring-fed mineral baths for soaking. Visit an old sugar plantation. Rent a trail bike to ride along the French Wall Trail, an old hand-built stone wall, or any of several other trails. Go diving among the coral formations on the reef in the Soufriere Marine Management Area. Or try snorkeling if you prefer.
Take a walk through the rainforest, visit a botanical gardens, or use binoculars to seek the elusive St. Lucia parrot. You'll not lack for things to do on this laid-back island.
Kingstown, St. Vincent
Mainland St Vincent is one of the few places on Earth that can boast about having black-sand beaches and white-sand in the same country.
It is composed of partially submerged volcanic mountains. La Soufrière is still an active volcano.
Admiralty Bay, Bequia
Bequia’s main harbor, Admiralty Bay, is a large, well-protected anchorage on the west side of the island, with Port Elizabeth, at its head. Strung together along a path extending down the southeastern shore from town, are hotels, bars, restaurants and shops spread along the beach. Admiralty Bay is a popular anchorage for the yachting crowd.
Bridgetown, Barbados (return)
Return to Bridgetown for disembarkation