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

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

by Kay Showker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762738861
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Series: Caribbean Ports of Call Series
Edition description: 8TH
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kay Showker has won numerous awards for her coverage of the Caribbean. She was the first to receive the Caribbean Tourism Association Award for excellence in journalism. She writes for leading travel magazines and newspapers across the country, among them Travel & Leisure and National Geographic Traveler. She lives in New York.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsv
The Caribbean & The Bahamas: Ports of Callvii
Part ICruising and the Caribbean
The Winning Combination1
How to Use This Guide2
The Delights of the Caribbean3
Locating the Islands4
Enter Columbus4
Caribbean Culture5
New Cuisine6
A Wealth of Activity6
Diversity of Destinations7
The New Caribbean7
The Delights of Cruising8
Changing Lifestyles8
Onboard Activities9
A Movable Feast10
Cruising with Children10
Family Reunions12
Ideal Honeymoon12
Selecting a Cruise
Hints, Tips, and Advice13
Using a Travel Agent13
The Built-In Value of a Cruise Vacation13
Selecting a Ship14
Cruise Discounts15
Shore Excursions16
What You Should Know Before You Go17
Part IICaribbean Cruise Lines and Their Ships
A Guide21
Part IIIPorts of Call
The Bahamas
At a Glance39
Distant Neighbors40
Fast Facts42
An Introduction to Nassau44
Port Profile: Nassau45
Budget Planning46
Drugs, Crime, and Today's Realities46
Author's Favorite Attractions46
Nassau Shore Excursions46
Nassau on Your Own48
A Walking Tour of Old Nassau48
Nassau and Its Environs54
Dining and Restaurants59
Sports in Nassau60
Festivals and Celebrations62
Grand Bahama Island64
In Brief64
A Drive around Grand Bahama Island69
The Out Islands70
Transportation Serving the Out Islands74
Key West
At a Glance75
America's First Caribbean Island76
Fast Facts77
Budget Planning78
Port Profile: Key West78
Author's Favorite Attractions79
Shore Excursions79
Key West on Your Own80
Mallory Square and Vicinity81
Duval Street85
Caroline Street and Beyond89
The Other Key West91
Dining and Restaurants93
At a Glance97
The Quintessence of the Tropics98
Fast Facts100
Budget Planning and Other Practical Tips102
Crafts and Duty-Free Shopping102
Cuisine and Dining105
Sports and Entertainment106
Nightlife, Cultural Events, and Festivals106
Introduction to Montego Bay107
Port Profile: Montego Bay108
Author's Favorite Attractions109
Montego Bay Shore Excursions109
Montego Bay on Your Own109
A Walk around Montego Bay109
A Drive around Montego Bay111
A Drive East of Montego Bay111
A Drive West of Montego Bay113
Introduction to Ocho Rios118
Port Profile: Ocho Rios118
Author's Favorite Attractions119
Ocho Rios Shore Excursions119
Ocho Rios on Your Own120
A Walk around Ocho Rios121
West of Ocho Rios121
East of Ocho Rios123
Port Antonio126
Touring Port Antonio128
The Cayman Islands
At a Glance131
The Diver's Mt. Everest132
Fast Facts133
Budget Planning134
Port Profile: Grand Cayman134
Author's Favorite Attractions137
Shore Excursions137
Grand Cayman on Your Own138
Driving Tour of Grand Cayman138
Dining and Restaurants144
Entertainment and Nightlife149
Festivals and Celebrations149
The Mexican Caribbean
At a Glance151
Where the Past Meets the Present152
Fast Facts153
Budget Planning154
Author's Favorite Attractions154
Shore Excursions154
Port Profile: Cozumel157
Dining and Restaurants163
Riviera Maya166
Playa del Carmen/Calica166
North of Playa del Carmen/Cancun167
South of Playa del Carmen172
West of Playa del Carmen175
Costa Maya178
Port Profile: Costa Maya179
Exploring the Interior180
Natural Attractions185
Central America and the Panama Canal
Central America188
Fast Facts189
Fast Facts193
The Caribbean Coast194
Fast Facts196
The Bay Islands198
The North Coast199
The Mayan Antiquities of Copan200
The Mosquito Coast201
Fast Facts201
The Mosquito Coast204
Costa Rica204
Fast Facts204
The Caribbean Coast206
The Pacific Coast207
Fast Facts209
The San Blas Islands209
The Panama Canal210
AppendixChart of Cruise Ships Sailing the Caribbean216
About the Author232

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