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GRAND CAYMAN: This

island remains part of the British

Commonwealth and it is famed for its

Scuba diving and white sandy beaches

- in particular 7 Mile Beach close to

Georgetown the capital. Snorkel with

sting rays or visit one of the few nesting

grounds of the loggerhead turtle. Ships

generally anchor off shore here and the

island is reached by tender.

GRAND TURK: About a quarter

mile from the western beaches of Grand

Turk, the sea floor drops 7,000 feet right

down into deep blue ocean. Just at

the edge of the drop-off, there's a reef

pocked with arches, turrets, and tunnels

called the Grand Turk Wall. The reef is a

haven for fish, and with its clear water,

for divers, too. Grand Turk is also fringed

with amazing white sandy beaches

making it a beach-lovers paradise.

GRENADA: Known as the Spice

island where the aromas of Nutmeg,

cinnamon and Cocoa hang in the air. This

volcanic island with tropical rainforests

and waterfalls lies at the southern end of

the Windward Island chain. The closest

beach to the cruise terminal is Grand

Anse beach -a two mile stretch of white

sand. Perhaps visit the Grand Etang

cobalt blue lake and take a refreshing

dip in the Royal Mt Carmel waterfall

or perhaps go river tubing on the

Balthazar River. There is also the unique

underwater sculpture park at Molinere

Point for keen snorkelers.

JAMAICA: Cruise ships will dock

at one of three ports on the north coast

of the island - Montego Bay,Falmouth

or Ocho Rios. There are some great

attractions on Jamaica - the biggest one

being Dunns River Falls made famous

by the James Bond film Dr No. Gentle

bamboo rafting on the Martha Brae

river (made famous by Errol Flynn) is

exceedingly tranquil and worth doing.

Another great trip is horse riding through

the sugar cane plantations, on to the

beach then swimming on your horse in

the sea. Perhaps visit the Blue Mountains

and the coffee plantations for a unique

souvenir or gift.

MAHOGANY BAY

(ROATAN ISLANDS). Roatán is

the largest of Honduras's Bay Islands, this

is a real beauty, built on a backbone of

volcanic rock and ringed by the world's

second largest coral reef. Honduras

promises superb diving and fishing and

swoon-worthy beaches. The main one is

Mahogany Bay - a silky sand beach with

diamond-clear seas.

SAN JUAN (PUERTO

RICO). San Juan is the capital of the

island which is 110 miles long by 40 miles

wide. In 1493 Christopher Columbus

claimed the island for Spain. Puerto

Rico is an unincorporated territory of

the United States where Puerto Ricans

are U.S. citizens. Attractions include

Bioluminescent Bay and Flamenco beach

which has waist deep water for at least

20 yards of crystal clear visibility. Perhaps

visit the El Yunque rainforest where you

can swim in the waterfall.

ST KITTS: St Kitts is a member of

the British Commonwealth and lies at the

top of the Lesser Antilles chain close to

Antigua. Cruise ships moor at the cruise

pier in the capital Basseterre. Get a good

feel for the island on the scenic railway

- originally built to transport sugar cane

or chill out at one of the best beaches

on the island Cockleshell Beach. Try an

invigorating natural Aloe Vera massage

on the beach - it does wonders for your

sunburn !!!

ST LUCIA: St Lucia is a lush tropical

island and part of the Windward Island

group. The capital is Castries in the

North West and there is a lush verdant

rain forest in the centre. This island

is volcanic and is most famous for

Les Pitons - two twin conical shaped

mountains. St Lucia became part of the

British Common wealth as recently as

1979. Trek through the rainforest, take

a refreshing dip in a waterfall or take a

jungle top zip wire adventure.

ST MAARTEN: This island was

settled at different periods buy both the

Dutch and the French so there are two

distinct halves to the island. The capital

is Philipsburg where the cruise ships

dock at the quayside. This is a wonderful

place to wander around starting in

Wathey Square where you will fund a fine

collection of West Indian Gingerbread

houses. The French Capital is Marigot-

worth visiting for its markets, café lined

waterfront and chic boutiques.

ST THOMAS: St Thomas is part of

the US Virgin Islands and THE duty free

shopper's paradise in the Caribbean.

Charlotte Amalie is the capital - and this

quaint town is a joy to walk around with

its cobbled streets and alley ways filled

with the best shops in the caribbean. The

best beach is Magens Bay (voted one

of the top 10 beaches of the world) and

is approximately 6 miles away from the

capital on the other side of the island.

TORTOLA: This is the largest of

the British Virgin Islands -Road Town is

the capital and is nestled at bottom of

a backdrop of mountains. Cane Garden

Beach is a lovely palm fringed sweep of

white sand situated on the other side of

the island. Another must here are the

massive volcanic boulders which form

secluded pools and grottos on Virgin

Gorda - a short ferry ride away.

Virgin Gorda

Dunns River Falls, Jamiaca

St Lucia

St Thomas

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