When most people think of the Caribbean, they think crystal clear waters, all-inclusive resorts and soaking up the sun on the beach all day. But we’re here to share the vibrant towns and cities that also make the Caribbean the beautiful part of the world that it is. We joined Viking Cruises on their beautiful Viking Sea to explore these beautiful parts of the world with ease and comfort.
1. San Juan, Puerto Rico
With colorful, Spanish colonial architecture lining the streets of San Juan, white-sand beaches as well as rain forests in the surrounding areas has something for almost everyone. The El Morro fortress surrounds the city to watch over San Juan Bay since the 16th century and the its 20 foot thick walls and cannons are remarkable. A UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason, is one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean.
2. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
As the capital and cultural center of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo transports you to another time and place with its rustic facades and history. As the oldest settlement in the Americas, Santo Domingo is also home to the oldest churches, castles, homes and fortresses in the Americas. You’ll find tons of beauty by getting lost throughout its Old Town, the Zona Colonial.
– Cathedral of St. Mary of the Incarnation: oldest cathedral in the Americas
– Calle de las Damas: the New World’s first paved street)
– Calle El Conde: shop lined street
– Alcázar de Colón (pictured)
Dutch style buildings and vibrant facades, Curaçao’s harbor is one of the most picturesque harbors in the world. It’s like a Caribbean version of Copenhagen’s Nyhavn! It’s no wonder Willemstad, the island’s capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tow sides of the island are connected by a movable pedestrian harbor bridge crossing and it’s a joy to watch it open with people still on it! In addition to the colorful town, Curaçao is home to vibrant reefs, crystal clear waters and more.
4. Saint Kitts & Nevis
The lush, dramatic landscapes of Saint Kitts & Nevis will surely take your breathe away. Visit Timothy Hill (pictured below) to witness the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans all in one view. You can also take a sailboat to nearby Nevis and/or take in the views on board the oldest and the “Last Railway in the West Indies” departing from Needsmust station.
Old world and dutch architecture combined with stunning lush trees, cacti and stunning blue waters make Aruba one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean. Get in touch with nature by visiting the Natural Bridge carved out of stone by nature and soak up panoramic views from the Alto Vista Chapel.
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I was invited as guest by Viking Cruises. As always, all opinions are my own.