A Caribbean island with a Latin American twist, Cuba is a riot of colour, music, heritage and culture. Chances are when you think of Cuba, an image of Old Havana springs to mind. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, its colourful architecture is both vibrant and beautiful with neoclassical and Baroque styles lining its charming streets.
Of course, Havana is also renowned for vintage cars that pepper every thoroughfare. Vintage cars are part of daily life here, with most being used as taxis. But for fans of classic cars, Cuba is the place to be.
With silky white beaches, excellent shopping and an array of water sports to try, the Cayman Islands really are the final word in cruising. Your ship will likely pull into the bustling port of George Town, a brilliant duty-free shopping destination situated on Grand Cayman, the main island. The two smaller islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman meanwhile are less populated and make an ideal trip for quiet beaches and excellent swimming.
Speaking of beaches, the Cayman Islands are home to some of the very best in the Caribbean. With its long stretch of powdery sands, the famous Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is unmissable. If you’re after a more secluded beach day then try a trip to one of the smaller islands such as Owen Island on Little Cayman, which can only be reached by boat.
Kayaking, speedboats and snorkelling are also popular pastimes on the Cayman Islands and there are plenty of operators available to help you organise tours.
The wealthy and cosmopolitan Turks and Caicos Islands are one of Britain’s smallest oversea territories – remnants of a vast empire that once spanned the world. It’s the destination of choice for the most sophisticated celebrities and once you’ve discovered its urbane delights you will appreciate why.
Of the nine inhabited islands, the gateway island of Providenciales is the busiest. Large, luxurious resorts are scattered across the eastern side of the island providing shops, restaurants and hotels, plus access to the 14-mile barrier reef on the north shore.
If you prefer your desert islands to be more tranquil, catch a plane or ferry to one of the nearby islands. Middle Caicos and North Caicos offer lush woodlands and cave networks, plus handicrafts woven by talented locals. Fishing is the main industry in South Caicos, though most visitors come here to relax on one of the soft white sands of a secluded beach.
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