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The Greater Antilles are a group of islands located in the Caribbean Sea. Some of the major masses include Cuba, Hispaniola, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. These are also some of the most popular islands in terms of holiday destinations, so it should only make sense that there are a number of Greater Antilles cruises which are offered during every season of the year. For the sake of this article, we will be taking a look at cruises which offer stops at Haiti, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Cayman Islands. What do each of these locations offer?
Haiti is a former French republic. Not only is French the official language here, but the culture still reflects the previous colonisation. Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake a number of years ago, but it is steadily recovering. Some of the moat impressive attractions include the historic Sans-Souci Palace, the lakes of Etang Saumatre, the National Museum of Art and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.
Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and therefore, English is quite commonly spoken here along with a dialect of Spanish. The beaches here are phenomenal and some of the best include Flamenco Beach, Playa Sucia, the sands found on Palomino Island and the clear waters associated with the aptly named Blue Beach. Some other sights not to be passed up during your stay include the shopping district of Old San Juan (in the capital), the Museo de Arte de Ponce, (The Ponce Art Museum), Condado Beach and its impressive board walk, the lighthouse located at Culebrita and the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista.
The Dominican Republic is another large island found within the Greater Antilles. This island is well-known for its all-inclusive resorts and a number of luxury golf courses; ideal for those who enjoy the finer things in life. It is actually considered to be the most visited destination in the Caribbean Sea, and for good reason. The beaches here are likewise not to be missed. Some of the best include Punta Cana, Puerto Plata (Silver Port), Juan Dolio and Las Terranas. Thanks to the amenable climate here, activities such as kite surfing, jet skiing, snorkelling and swimming are always possibilities.
Boasting a population of approximately 57,000 inhabitants, the Cayman Islands are a final tourist destination along many cruises. Some examples of what you can expect to enjoy include a stretch of beautiful sand known as Seven-Mile Beach, the massive Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park (owing to the British heritage), Stingray City ( a water park for children and adults alike) and the impressive Cayman Islands National Museum.
Although Cruises take place throughout the year, the Greater Antilles are known to be hit by hurricanes from time to time. In order to avoid any delays and to take advantage of the bets weather possible, it is best to avoid the summer months. Instead, try to make reservations for the late autumn or the early to the middle portion of spring.