Sailing: 5 Must See Treasures of a Caribbean Cruise

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Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI

This guest post brought back wonderful memories of St. John — I love Trunk Bay!

Do you remember the song Sailing by Christopher Cross? The yacht rock classic debuted in June 1980, just in time for a summer of margaritas and pina coladas. After that sun-kissed classic hit the airwaves everyone wanted a pink shirt, a shark tooth necklace and a super-yacht docked in the waters of the Caribbean. Chances are you never got around to buying that Gloucester schooner. Needless to say, every year you probably still hear that radio classic, and it makes you want to go island hopping?

Well, it is time to break out the spice rum because you are going sailing. A last minute cruise is your one-way ticket to paradise, and these top 5 highlights are the stuff that dreams are made of.

1. St. Maarten is divided between the French and the Dutch, so when you dock at this tiny isle you will be getting the best of two nations. Philipsburg is the Dutch capital, while Marigot is the French. Philipsburg is known for its world-class shopping. Marigot, on the other hand, is lined with upscale restaurants, and it is revered for being one of the best places to dine in the Caribbean.

2. The island of St. Vincent is less travelled than places like Barbados and Jamaica, and this is the number one reason why you should book a cruise holiday that stops in Kingstown, which is the island’s main hub. From deserted beaches and pristine forests to dormant volcanoes and the St. Vincent Parrot, the island’s national birds, there are ample things to explore. Be sure to stop at Wallilabou Bay. This is where the Johnny Depp film Pirates of the Caribbean was shot. Finally, it is said there are eleven different species of dolphins in the waters around St. Vincent, so hop on a boat tour for an excursion in search of an exotic pod.

3. Every year, travel magazines and guidebooks rate the best beaches in the Caribbean. Trunk Bay, on the island of St. John, and Carlisle Beach, in Barbados, are often at the top of the list. When you are island hopping, hopefully you will have the opportunity to see both beaches. Needless to say, do not even think about returning home without seeing at least one of them.

4. Tortola, which is located in the British Virgin Islands, is comprised of rainforests, botanical gardens and stunning beaches. In fact, this is Christopher Cross country, as the waters around BVI, combined with the trade winds, are said to be perfect for sailing. Road Town is the main village in Tortola, and it is a classic medley of brightly coloured bungalows, bistros and funky shops. Popular beaches include Apple Bay and Smuggler’s Cove.

5. Virgin Gorda, another of the British Virgin Islands, is also worth visiting. This island is known for the Baths, which is a one-of-a-kind geological phenomenon. The baths are a series of sea pools where you can swim and snorkel in caves and tunnels.

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