Style, luxury, and ultimate relaxation await in these Caribbean ports


Kelly
Golf-loving cruisers should pick a sailing that visits Barbados – more of its land is devoted to courses than any other island.
Silky sands, stunning sunshine, and sparkling seas – a stylish Caribbean sailing combines the best of a tropical vacation with the luxurious amenities of the world’s top cruises. Make 2014 a year to remember by booking a cruise that stops in one (or more) of these top Caribbean ports.

Turks and Caicos
This island chain has a reputation as a bit of an off-the-beaten path destination that maintains a slow and relaxing pace of life. And while the exceptionally quiet port of Grand Turk is ideal for lazy beach days, shore excursions here still range from horseback riding to fly fishing and diving along the third largest barrier reef in the world.

Aruba
With white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters perfectly suited to rest and relaxation, it’s no wonder that Aruba is nicknamed “The Happy Island” – after all, who wouldn’t be happy here? Attractions on the island range from casinos and duty-free shops to notable dive sites and a championship golf course. Plus, consistent temperatures and no real rainy season mean there’s no bad time to visit.

Barbados
This easternmost Caribbean island is perfect for independent explorers. The less developed parts of the island offer sweeping natural vistas of picturesque sugar cane fields and remote cliffs pounded by surf. Other activity options include cultural visits to plantations and rum distilleries, Bridgetown’s duty-free department stores, and the white-sand beaches of the south coast.

St Kitts
This island is ideal for cruisers on a tight schedule, with plenty to offer within a relatively short distance. Bassetterre and Port Zante offer a variety of shops and restaurants, while taxis are readily available to take visitors a bit further out. A two-hour ride on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway is a great way to see a lot of the island’s gorgeous scenery.

Bermuda
Aside from a diversity of great beaches, the island’s art, history, and golf make Bermuda a well-rounded cruise stop. The island is home to a number of art museums, as well as the Bermuda Craft Market for handmade goods. History lovers can visit one of the dozens of ancient fortresses around the island, while golfers will be in heaven at the island’s many picturesque courses.