Ft Lauderdale, FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale’s canals and charm have earned it the nickname “The Venice of America.” The beaches offer 23 miles of golden sand, lively with the spirited antics of happy vacationers. Sail the blue-green waters on a chartered catamaran, or dive beneath the surface to meet-and-greet the local sea life. Shopping and dining al fresco on Las Olas Boulevard is one of Fort Lauderdale’s greatest pleasures, thanks to adorable shops and prime people-watching.
Located closer to Cuba than to Miami, Key West is Florida’s irreverent southernmost subtropical paradise, a unique confluence of history, climate, natural beauty, cultural diversity, architecture and unabashed romantic appeal. Its known for its destinations, coral reefs, diving and snorkeling.
South of the country, where the Mexican Caribbean offers warm waters in turquoise shades and sandy beaches, is a land blessed by a contrasting ecosystem. Among the tropical forest, wetlands, white, sandy beaches, coral reefs, abundant wild life and wonderful archaeological sites lies the so called Costa Maya, ranging from Punta Herreros to Xcalak, passing through the Magic Town of Bacalar, the pristine beach of Mahahual and the city of Chetumal.
GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN
Imagine the stereotypical cruise port — one with white-sand beaches, a plethora of duty-free shops selling jewels and liquor, and de rigueur water activities like snorkeling and scuba — and Grand Cayman will likely come to mind. The cliche might just be based on the destination, with its lovely Seven Mile Beach, George Town’s retail center and plenty of sites for diving, snorkeling and other water sports.