4 Must-See Wonders on Caribbean Vacations

by Natasha Jervis

Caribbean cruise destinations are full of breathtaking places to explore, and cruises offer many opportunities to observe the natural and man-made wonders of each unique destination. Seven-day Caribbean vacations typically include three or four ports, offering the chance to visit a variety of locations. Check out these four must-see Caribbean sites at St. Lucia, Jamaica, Mexico, and Grand Turk that capture the region's spirit, natural beauty, and history.

See the Volcanic Twin Peaks of St. Lucia

St. Lucia is home to one of the most picturesque views of the majestic Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These twin volcanic mountain peaks, called Gros Piton and Petit Piton, are located on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia. Gros Piton is the taller of the two peaks, rising 2,619 feet above the ocean. Caribbean excursions through the mountains offer the opportunity to hike, explore, and snap fantastic photos at every turn.

Climb the Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica

Caribbean vacations are not complete without a visit to the famous Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios in sunny Jamaica. Many people make a point of visiting these gorgeous 600-foot falls during their cruise vacation, as they are considered one of Jamaica's national treasures. Climb some of the falls' natural rock steps or dip your toes into its thermal springs.

Explore Ancient Ruins in Mexico

Chichén Itzá is both a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. If you're cruising the Caribbean side of Mexico on Western Caribbean cruises, be sure to visit these awe-inspiring Mayan ruins, especially the Temple of Kukulkan, as they are definitely something you'll want to cross off your travel list.

Dive and Snorkel Among Grand Turk's Coral Reefs

Spectacular coral reefs, sparkling azure waters, and some of the finest diving in the Caribbean — what more could you ask for? Grand Turk offers numerous scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and snorkeling tours of the island's colorful color reefs. Take advantage of these tours to view colorful fish and other exotic marine life that live among the unique coral formations.

The Pitons are twin volcanic mountains located on the southwest side of St. Lucia.
The Pitons are one of St. Lucia's most picturesque sites.