All Cruise Ship Ports in the Caribbean

All Cruise Ship Ports in the Caribbean
The Caribbean Islands stretch from Key West, Florida to Trinidad, seven miles northeast of the Venezuelan coast. They offer an amazing assortment of activities for the passengers of a cruise ship to enjoy as they pull in to each port of call. Whether you want the most sophisticated, cosmopolitan playground with fine dining and upscale shops or prefer to spend your time lolling on a white sandy beach and shopping at the local farmer's market, you can find it all in the Caribbean Islands. Most of the Caribbean enjoys the same temperate climate, with sunshine filled days and warm starry nights. Caribbean cruises, along with their respective destination ports of entry, are divided into five categories and/or regions.

Eastern Caribbean

The eastern Caribbean ports of call consist of Freeport; Nassau; the British Virgin Islands of Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada and Virgin Gorda; Key West, Florida; the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.

Western Caribbean

The western Caribbean cruise ship ports of call consist of Grand Cayman Island; Cristobal and San Blas Island in Panama; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Honduras; Calica, Cancun, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen and Progreso, Mexico; and finally, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Southern Caribbean

The southern Caribbean ports of call consist of Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bequia, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barths, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarrten/St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (a 40-mile stretch of 32 islands that together make up the Windward Islands), San Juan in Puerto Rico and Trinidad, the southernmost Caribbean Island.

Costa Rica

There is only one cruise ship port in Costa Rica and that is in Puerto Limon, where the dock is only two blocks from the center of the city.

Private Islands

Private islands are small islands owned by the various cruise lines for the exclusive use of their passengers. Most of these islands are quite small and the ship cannot dock at a pier, but must anchor out in the ocean and move the guests to land with small tenders. The only exception to that rule is Castaway Cay in the Bahamas which is owned by Disney. The ports of call for private islands include Castaway Cay, Great Stirrup Cay, Princess Cays, Coco Cay and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic; and finally Labadee, Hispaniola. A note about Labadee, Hispaniola: it is an island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The recent political unrest in Haiti has put it off limits to all but the most intrepid tourists, but Labadee is in a very remote section of the island, owned by the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines which have established a private compound to enable their guests to enjoy this beautiful region in safety and comfort.

Article Written By Savannah Groeneveld

Savannah Groeneveld has been passionately freelance writing for the past six years. Some of her articles have been published on,,, and in magazines such as Sunset and Architectural Digest. Groeneveld has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She received her M.A. in Education (Curriculum and Teaching) from Fresno Pacific University in 2008.

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