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BEST CRUISES LEAVING FROM MIAMI

Not only is Miami a popular travel destination in itself, it's also the gateway to unforgettable destinations in the Caribbean and beyond. Cruises leaving from Miami will send you to sea with flare, so pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.




From pristine beaches to tropical jungles, Miami can take you to the best Caribbean destinations. Start your cruise in one of the world's best party cities, then set sail to the Bahamas, Haiti or Mexico to see stunning views and have thrilling adventures. Head to Miami and embark on a journey you won't be forgetting any time soon.




1. NASSAU, BAHAMAS

Woman Enjoying the Pristine Waters of the Bahamas

Nassau is one of the most popular destinations for cruisers, and for good reason. Find yourself in the middle of Junkanoo culture when you arrive here, in a city where you can march to the beat of your own drum.

From the bustling straw markets to the glitzy casinos, you're sure to be in awe of all that makes Nassau unique. Surrounded by swaying palm trees and turquoise waters, go beyond the streets of this tropical city and submerge yourself in the legendary lost city of Atlantis. Cross the harbor on Paradise Island to visit acres of adventures, from underground tunnel aquariums to plunging waterslides to opportunities to swim with dolphins. If relaxing is more your style, head to Junkanoo Beach on the northern shore, where you can soak up the sunshine or stroll down the beach on horseback. When you've worked up an appetite, grab some local Bahamian dishes like fried conch or johnnycakes, the fried corn cakes that are the local comfort-food staple. You won't want to miss the Spanish, West African and British influences in this mouthwatering cuisine.




2. COCOCAY, BAHAMAS

A child paddleboarding at CocoCay

Unleash your inner adventurer on a cruise from Miami to CocoCay in the beautiful Bahamas. With endless things to do, from getting your adrenaline pumping on a wave runner or parasailing expedition to learning about the underwater world of reefs on a guided kayaking eco-tour, CocoCay offers something for everyone.

When you're running waves through the Caribbean Sea, be sure to head to the surrounding Berry Islands for unforgettable views of paradise. Or head to any of the neighboring sights like Great Stirrup Cay Lighthouse, Slaughter Harbor, Starfish Alley and the abandoned island community of Cistern Cay. Set out on a snorkeling adventure with certified PADI dive instructors to explore the depths of a sea that boasts beautiful coral reefs home to vibrant tropical fish and other marine life. If you're itching for a bite after all the adventure, indulge in the lunchtime BBQ at Skipper's Grill or grab some chicken wings at Captain Jack's.




3. LABADEE, HAITI

Ziplines on the Coast of Labadee

Labadee is where adventure abounds. Set your own schedule in this paradise, whether you want to zip-line through a jungle canopy, take a beach-side nap or unwind in a private bungalow.

Looking for a rush? Soar along the longest over-water zip line in the world, known as Dragon's Breath Flight Line, to catch endless views of Labadee from 500 feet above the ground. Or get your adrenaline pumping on the Dragon's Tail Coaster, where you'll zip down a mountainside at 30 miles per hour. If relaxing is more your vibe, recharge in the shade of a private bungalow overlooking Nellie's Beach. But don't forget to refuel at Dragon's Rock Cafe, Labadee Cafe or Columbus Cafe, all serving up chicken BBQ and rum-based cocktails. See what Labadee is all about on cruises heading out from Miami all year round.




4. COZUMEL, MEXICO

Two Girls Snorkeling at Mia Grand Beach

Where Mexican heart meets Caribbean soul, Cozumel can't be missed. Explore ruins of the ancient Mayans in Tulum, snorkel to great depths in Chankanaab, or simply stop and take in all the wonder around you.

If it's history you're seeking, get up close and personal with Mayan culture at San Gervasio. Dating back to 300 AD, this area is the largest Mayan site on Cozumel, and it offers opportunities to see the pristine coast of the Yucatan Peninsula while exploring ancient history. If you're looking to go down under, dive into adventure in Chankanaab National Park, where you'll find everything from snorkeling to scuba diving to swimming with dolphins. Then, reconnect with nature on a hike through Punta Sur National Park, where you'll trek through sea fan gardens and observe crocodiles in their natural habitat. From wildlife to thrills, Cozumel has it all.




5. PUERTO COSTA MAYA, MEXICO

Cave with Beautiful Ocean Water in Costa Maya's Cenote Azul

Another can't-miss Mexican hot spot is Puerto Costa Maya. You'll see where the past meets the present when sailing to this incredible area of the Yucatan Peninsula. Venture into the jungle and explore the Chacchoben and Kohunlich ruins, or kick back in the laid-back village of Mahahual. The best of both worlds awaits.

Cenote scouting is one of the most popular activities in Mexico. Maybe it's the sparkling blue waters or the mysterious allure of times past, but whatever it is, Cenote Azul pulls explorers to its turquoise waters. For a greater expanse of sea, grab your snorkeling gear and explore the underwater world of Banco Chinchorra, the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere. After diving the depths, head to Kohulnich and Chacchoben to see Mexico through its ancient past. At these thousands-year-old Mayan ruins, you'll find architectural feats and roaming wildlife, from spider monkeys to peccary, a breed of wild pigs that roam here. Adventure is everywhere on a cruise to Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico. Explore this wonderland on a cruise from Miami.




6. KEY WEST, FLORIDA

Key West Florida Mile Marker Zero Close-Up

Even though it's close to Miami, Key West is nothing like the Magic City. Located at the end of the Florida peninsula, Key West is the very definition of laid-back living, a location full of color unlike anywhere else in the state. Pedal past charming homes filled with history on a bicycle tour, paddle board through lush mangroves or take in the sunset alongside locals. Whatever your fancy, Key West will charm you. To catch a glimpse of some feathered flyers, head to Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, a haven for rescued exotic birds like macaws and parrots. After, hop on the Conch Train and get a lesson in Key West history and local legends as you drive by some of the island's most iconic landmarks. As the sun begins to set, head to Mallor Square to see live acrobats, dancers and performers. It's your Key to paradise.




7. BELIZE CITY, BELIZE

Belize Woman Enjoying the Horizon On Top of Ruins

Find adventure when you cruise to Belize City from Miami. From hiking ancient Maya ruins to snorkeling the bustling and vibrant Belize Barrier Reef, endless fun awaits you. You'll witness a city unlike any other in the Caribbean, with its iconic views, distinctive culture and delicious local cuisine.

Be sure to snorkel or dive the Great Blue Hole, a famous undersea sinkhole that is actually visible from space. Seeking some more thrills? Hop on a boat to Shark Ray Alley, a shallow part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and snorkel alongside nurse sharks, southern stingrays and precious coral. If you're looking to get active, trek to the pyramid ruins of the Sky Palace, El Caana, an ancient temple built by the Maya that just happens to be the tallest building in the nation. Between the friendly culture and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Belize is a destination you will relive for years to come.




8. ORANJESTAD, ARUBA

Woman Posing Inside Massive Rock in Aruba

If you're looking for island charm, look no further than Oranjestad. The capital of Aruba, Oranjestad is sizzling with discoveries. From its picturesque beaches to its colorful Dutch Colonial "gingerbread" houses to the recently renovated California Lighthouse, this destination is sure to be a unique adventure.

Hop in a high-tech submarine and travel 150 feet below the sea to discover the vibrant Arubian marine life, including stunning tropical fish, lively coral reefs and historic wreck sites. For panoramic views of the windward coast, visit the California Lighthouse, named after the steamship that wrecked nearby. To spot the local plants and wildlife, take a beautiful coastline drive through the rocky Aruba Arikok National Park. Looking to taste the flavors of the island? Sample some delicious and nutty Dutch cheeses, Venezuelan empanadas, or salty, fresh fish.




9. GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN

Swimming with the Turtles in Grand Cayman

Home of laid-back luxury, Grand Cayman is the perfect balance between glamour and easygoing island life. Walk the Seven Mile Beach, swim with stingrays on a snorkeling safari or treat yourself to a little retail therapy at some of the best designer shops in the world. Whatever you're looking to do, Grand Cayman has it.

One of the few places you can swim with sea turtles is in Grand Cayman at the Cayman Turtle Centre. If birds are more to your liking, wander around the Caribbean Aviary to see exotic birds, including the national bird, the Cayman Parrot, up close and personal. For sun-soaked fun, head to the famous Seven Mile Beach. Not quite seven miles long, this five-and-a-half-mile-long beach has coral sands and crystal-clear shoreline. It's also peppered with restaurants, bars and upscale resorts, so it's no wonder that it was named one of the world's ultimate beaches by Caribbean Travel and Life. With beautiful beaches and wonderful wildlife, George Town is the place to be.




10. FALMOUTH, JAMAICA

Couple Having a Private Romantic Stroll in Falmouth

The irie (local slang for "pleasing") feeling is sure to overcome you when you visit Falmouth, Jamaica. Head to Chukkah Beach for some horseback riding, or get your culture fix at high tea at Good Hope Estate. Don't forget to try some jerk chicken and rum cake while you're here!

Falmouth and the surrounding area is home to so many different adventures. Swim underneath towering waterfalls at Dunn's River Falls, or follow a tour guide to plunge into the natural pools surrounding the falls. The rivers are perfect for tubing, and river cruising is the best opportunity to take in all the natural beauty that Jamaica has to offer. Just a few miles from Falmouth, Burwood Beach is a quiet and secluded stretch of shoreline that's perfect for a quiet escape. Cruising to Jamaica is all about being on or near the water, so be sure to pack your bathing suit.

Whether you're looking for a pristine beach and crystalline waters or underwater adventures and sky-high thrills, you'll find it all when you head to the Caribbean from Miami. As the gateway to paradise, Miami has you covered on your next trip, so be sure to pack your hiking boots and your sunglasses. You're going to need both on this vacation.



INSIDER TIPS

1 When you're waiting for your cruise in Miami, head to Little Havana for some of the best Cuban coffee beyond Cuba's borders.
2 Wynwood is the place to go in Miami for street art and street food. Take a stroll around the area to take it all in, then end your day at the beautiful Wynwood Yard.
3 Escape the city life and explore Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, located just a short drive out of the city.

 

MAKE IT
PERFECT

The Perfect Day exists, and it's closer than you think. Wake up to the brilliant blue waters and white-sand beaches of the Bahamas on Perfect Day at CocoCay Island, before relaxing in your private overwater cabana. Spend your afternoon taking in the view from a helium balloon, or dare to venture down the tallest waterslide in North America. As the sun sets on translucent waters, wind down on a beach walk or at the swim-up bar. Take off on a cruise from Miami, and you're sure to have the Perfect Day.

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