Western Caribbean
The other Caribbean West of Jamaica

Let us tour now the Western Caribbean, west of Jamaica and Cuba. These area of the Caribbean has been, for a long time, a magnet for travelers interested in a unique kind of tourism where you may blend sun and sea with the visit to ancient ruins of lost civilizations and above all lots of water sports.

For those looking for a Scuba Diving Adventure nothing compares to Belize Islands or a great Cayman Islands vacations.

The Mexican Caribbean is also part of this area featuring some of the most beautiful beaches in the Planet like Cancun Beaches, Playa del Carmen or Tulum.




Carnival Mega Ship on a Western Caribbean Cruise

Carnival Mega Ship on a Western Caribbean Cruise


Getting to the Western Caribbean Islands

As we know one of the most common way to visit the area is by Cruise. The convenience of visiting one island a day enjoying the comfort and luxury of the big ships make it by far the easiest way to visit the area.

But if you want to really know and enjoy island by island you will have to fly and stay in one of the hotels and resorts and then you will feel the meaning of the word Paradise.




Ruins and Beach of Tulum in the Mayan Riviera

Ruins and Beach of Tulum in the Mayan Riviera


This area is a concept for a separate website all by itself. Is is so vast, the places are so important from the tourism point of view, that it is difficult to try to cover all these places in a couple of pages.

Let me mention a few of the most famous Mexican Caribbean spots and then go to each one’s page for more information

Also known as the Costa Maya it covers the Yucatan Peninsula’s coast from Cancun in the north to the border with Belize on the south. The beaches are spectacular with white sand beaches.

Inland you will find the famous Mayan sites of Chichen Itza, Tulum Ruins , and famous sites like Xel Ha and Xcaret Park. 


Western Caribbean

Aerial view of the the dream City of Cancun

Aerial view of the the dream City of Cancun


The resort town of Cancun, has become so famous, that it reminds me when we first went to Cancun in 1978 they had a couple of hotels and when we asked for some “tacos”, they told us that they couldn’t serve us because the “tortillas” didn’t arrive from Mexico City.

Thirty years later Cancun is known internationally and tourists arrive there from all over Europe, North America and the rest of the world in all kind of charter flights and schedule airlines. It features hundreds of hotels and a big downtown with all the amenities of any Mexican city. 

It is located a short distance off shore from Cancun. It has been developed in the last years to become a very important resort and beach place.


Playa del Carmen with endless stretches of white sands

Playa del Carmen with endless stretches of white sands


A mere 10 years ago it was considered a sleeping village. Today Playa del Carmen, across the waterway from Cozumel, accessible by ferry, is a thriving community of resorts, restaurants, condominiums and enough clubs to keep you awake all night. 

This is a common stop on the Western Caribbean Islands cruises. Once there don’t miss a quick ferry trip to Playa del Carmen and a visit to Tulum.


Isla Roatan the Caribbean's best kept secret

Isla Roatan the Caribbean's best kept secret


It is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands. Almost 40 miles long and just 2.5 miles at its widest point, the remote island boasts white sand beaches, pristine bays and spectacular coral reefs.

The island is a heaven for sea lovers, snorkeling and scuba diving. 

Belize's 185-mile barrier reef is the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and the scuba diving is world class. But, even if you're not a certified diver, you can simply swim, or try snorkeling.


Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands


Once your ship docks at Cayman Islands' capital, George Town, it may be tempting to simply relax under the casuarina trees along the white sands of Seven Mile Beach.

Maybe you’d like to enjoy some snorkeling and scuba diving in the great reefs surrounding the islands. 


Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios Jamaica

Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios Jamaica


Known as "MoBay" to the locals, Montego Bay is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, such as Doctor's Cave Beach.

Dunn's River Falls is the adventure in Ocho Rios. Hike 600 ft. surrounded by lush foliage as the falls come crashing down onto a sandy beach. The area features many luxury resorts. 


Bocas del Toro Islands in Panama Central America

Bocas del Toro Islands in Panama Central America


This is a group of islands off the Panamanian Caribbean Coast. You may reach there flying to Panama City and then a local flight to the islands.

Located across the coast of Nicaragua, they belong to Colombia and are becoming very popular for those seeking new adventures. 

The Western Caribbean is the other Caribbean. The beaches, the vegetation and the people are as good and charming as the Eastern Caribbean Islands.


Image Credits:
dunn river falls by poco a poco

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.





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