Cruise NewsTop 10 Best Cruise Ports in the Caribbean

Top 10 Best Cruise Ports in the Caribbean

We asked the readers of to vote on the best cruise ports in the Caribbean in the annual Cruise Fever Fan Awards. The votes were counted and we compiled a list of the top 10 cruise ports in the Caribbean.

Before we list the top cruise ports in the Caribbean, here are the other winners in the Cruise Fever Fan Awards:

Top 10 Best Cruise Ports in the Caribbean

10. Roatan – An island located off of the coast of Honduras, Roatan is known for breathtaking coral reefs and is home to the second largest coral reef system in the world.

9. Ocho Rios – Located on the northern coast of Jamaica, Ocho Rios is home to the world reknowned Dunn River Falls.

8. Oranjestad – The capital of Aruba, this is port located in the Southern Caribbean and known for its turquoise water and white sandy beaches.

Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean
Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean

7. St. KittsSt. Kitts, an island in the West Indies, is known for its rainforest and also offers excellent scuba and snorkeling.

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Photo by Kayokayo via Wikipedia Commons
Photo by Kayokayo via Wikipedia Commons

6. San Juan – From the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan to the only rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System, a visit to San Juan is a highlight of any cruise.  A visit is not complete without a stop at Finca Cialitos, a local coffee house where the owner grows and roasts his own coffee beans.

5. Grand Turk – The perfect port for a beach day, you can have a relaxing day at the beach or join the fun at the beach-side Margaritaville.

4. Grand Cayman – Grand Cayman is not only known for world class snorkeling and diving, but it is also home to Stingray City.

3. Cozumel – One of the most visited cruise ports in the Caribbean, you can rent a jeep and drive the loop to experience all that the island has to offer.

2. St. Thomas – Although the port is known for its shopping, the true gem of stopping in St. Thomas is the close proximity to St. John. A visit to Trunk Bay should be on everyone’s bucket list.

1. St Maarten – For the 2nd year in a row, St. Maarten was voted the #1 cruise port in the Caribbean. A visit to Maho Beach (a.k.a. Airport Beach) will never be forgotten, especially when the 747’s come in to land.

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Cruise NewsTop 10 Best Cruise Ports in the Caribbean


  1. Carnival cruise#1 cruise line? Sure, if you have low standards & you want to go on spring break all year around. It’s worth it to me to pay a little bit more to cruise with Norwegian or Royal Caribbean.

    • Not so..our last 3 cruises with Carnival and we seniors found it to be just right! Been on all the major cruise lines from Florida and the food on Carnival is best!

    • I’ve been on a dozen Carnival ships and I’m Diamond with RCCL and Carnival isn’t my first choice. Last Carnival cruise was 2014 and it was nice but #1 wonder who was voting.

  2. I’ve been to 8 of these. I would rate Honduras much higher and Grand Turk a bit lower – possibly just switch them.

  3. Number 1 Port – St Maarten it is an unique Island as being the only one that is half French and half Dutch.

  4. Not a “private island” or manufactured village among them! Cruise Line companies please take note.

    • Private islands were voted on in a separate category. That is why none of them are included in this list.

  5. Bonaire is erg ongerept en heeft ook veel te bieden meer dan de mensen denken.
    Voor snorkelen en duiken moet je op Bonaire zijn.

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