Caribbean Ports of Call: Western Region, 6th: A Guide for Today's Cruise Passengers

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The splendor of the Caribbean and the pleasures of cruising make an unbeatable combination. Accessibility, good prices, superb weather, and variety make cruising the Caribbean an ideal vacation choice. This guide, based on the author's personal experience, shows you how to plan a carefree vacation at sea. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 240 pages, b&w photos, maps, icons)
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Overview

The splendor of the Caribbean and the pleasures of cruising make an unbeatable combination. Accessibility, good prices, superb weather, and variety make cruising the Caribbean an ideal vacation choice. This guide, based on the author's personal experience, shows you how to plan a carefree vacation at sea. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 240 pages, b&w photos, maps, icons)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762711789
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Caribbean Ports of Call Series
  • Edition description: Sixth edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps v
The Caribbean & The Bahamas: Ports of Call vii
Part I Cruising and the Caribbean
The Winning Combination 1
How to Use This Guide 2
The Delights of the Caribbean 3
Locating the Islands 4
Enter Columbus 4
Caribbean Culture 5
New Cuisine 6
A Wealth of Activity 6
Diversity of Destinations 7
The New Caribbean 7
The Delights of Cruising 8
Changing Lifestyles 8
Onboard Activities 9
A Movable Feast 10
Cruising with Children 10
Family Reunions 12
Ideal Honeymoon 12
Selecting a Cruise
Hints, Tips, and Advice 13
Using a Travel Agent 13
The Built-In Value of a Cruise Vacation 13
Selecting a Ship 14
Cruise Discounts 15
Shore Excursions 16
What You Should Know Before You Go 17
Part II Caribbean Cruise Lines and Their Ships
A Guide 21
Part III Ports of Call
The Bahamas
At a Glance 39
Distant Neighbors 40
Fast Facts 42
An Introduction to Nassau 44
Port Profile: Nassau 45
Budget Planning 46
Drugs, Crime, and Today's Realities 46
Author's Favorite Attractions 46
Nassau Shore Excursions 46
People-to-People 47
Nassau on Your Own 48
A Walking Tour of Old Nassau 48
Nassau and Its Environs 54
Shopping 57
Dining and Restaurants 59
Sports in Nassau 60
Entertainment 62
Festivals and Celebrations 62
Grand Bahama Island 64
In Brief 64
A Drive around Grand Bahama Island 69
The Out Islands 70
Transportation Serving the Out Islands 74
Key West
At a Glance 75
America's First Caribbean Island 76
Fast Facts 77
Budget Planning 78
Port Profile: Key West 78
Author's Favorite Attractions 79
Shore Excursions 79
Key West on Your Own 80
Mallory Square and Vicinity 81
Duval Street 85
Caroline Street and Beyond 89
The Other Key West 91
Sports 91
Shopping 92
Dining and Restaurants 93
Entertainment 94
Jamaica
At a Glance 97
The Quintessence of the Tropics 98
Fast Facts 100
Budget Planning and Other Practical Tips 102
Crafts and Duty-Free Shopping 102
Cuisine and Dining 105
Sports and Entertainment 106
Nightlife, Cultural Events, and Festivals 106
Introduction to Montego Bay 107
Port Profile: Montego Bay 108
Author's Favorite Attractions 109
Montego Bay Shore Excursions 109
Montego Bay on Your Own 109
A Walk around Montego Bay 109
A Drive around Montego Bay 111
A Drive East of Montego Bay 111
A Drive West of Montego Bay 113
Restaurants 115
Sports 116
Introduction to Ocho Rios 118
Port Profile: Ocho Rios 118
Author's Favorite Attractions 119
Ocho Rios Shore Excursions 119
Ocho Rios on Your Own 120
A Walk around Ocho Rios 121
West of Ocho Rios 121
East of Ocho Rios 123
Restaurants 124
Sports 125
Port Antonio 126
Touring Port Antonio 128
Kingston 129
The Cayman Islands
At a Glance 131
The Diver's Mt. Everest 132
Fast Facts 133
Budget Planning 134
Port Profile: Grand Cayman 134
Author's Favorite Attractions 137
Shore Excursions 137
Grand Cayman on Your Own 138
Driving Tour of Grand Cayman 138
Shopping 142
Dining and Restaurants 144
Sports 145
Entertainment and Nightlife 149
Festivals and Celebrations 149
The Mexican Caribbean
At a Glance 151
Where the Past Meets the Present 152
Fast Facts 153
Budget Planning 154
Author's Favorite Attractions 154
Shore Excursions 154
Port Profile: Cozumel 157
Cozumel 158
Shopping 161
Dining and Restaurants 163
Nightlife 163
Sports 164
Riviera Maya 166
Playa del Carmen/Calica 166
North of Playa del Carmen/Cancun 167
South of Playa del Carmen 172
West of Playa del Carmen 175
Costa Maya 178
Port Profile: Costa Maya 179
Exploring the Interior 180
Chetumal 181
Natural Attractions 185
Central America and the Panama Canal
Central America 188
Belize 189
Fast Facts 189
Guatemala 193
Fast Facts 193
The Caribbean Coast 194
Honduras 196
Fast Facts 196
The Bay Islands 198
The North Coast 199
The Mayan Antiquities of Copan 200
The Mosquito Coast 201
Nicaragua 201
Fast Facts 201
The Mosquito Coast 204
Costa Rica 204
Fast Facts 204
The Caribbean Coast 206
The Pacific Coast 207
Cruises 208
Panama 209
Fast Facts 209
The San Blas Islands 209
The Panama Canal 210
Appendix Chart of Cruise Ships Sailing the Caribbean 216
Index 227
About the Author 232
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