Lesser-Known Caribbean Destinations You’ll Visit With Star Clippers

10th May 2019

One of the best things about a Star Clippers cruise is that you get to visit some beautiful, lesser-known destinations that don’t typically feature on mainstream itineraries. Untouched by mass tourism, these ports give you the chance to see an authentic side of these countries and experience what it’s like to live there.

Our Caribbean cruises are the perfect example. They give you the chance to enjoy whatever type of holiday you like. Beach days offer some time to relax and gaze off into the endless horizon, whilst the water sports offered off the ship and a host of exciting shore excursions allow you to be more active if you wish. Here are just a few of the lesser-known ports we visit in this part of the world.

Deshaies, Guadeloupe

Deshaies, Guadeloupe

Whilst some cruise lines choose to dock in Pointe-à-Pitre, Star Clippers ships arrive in the charming fishing village of Deshaies. Secluded by mountains and with the deepest bay in the Caribbean, this was a prime spot for pirates to hide away during the period when they ruled the seas. Because of this, it is said that treasure lies on Basse-Terre, one of five islands that make up the French Overseas Territory of Guadalupe.

Whilst the glorious sands of Grande-Anse Beach promote the relaxing way of life that exists here, you may also want to visit the botanical gardens, where flora that was around when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1493 is protected.

Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Pronounced beck-way, this island is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and lies just south of St. Vincent itself. Admiralty Bay is one of the most picturesque spots in the archipelago and is therefore very popular with yachts and other sailors.

Beyond the beach, the town of Port Elizabeth provides a quaint waterfront promenade to explore. There are plenty of restaurants and bars here where you can enjoy some Caribbean cuisine or sit back with a rum cocktail or two.

White Bay, Jost Van Dyke

White Bay, Jost Van Dyke

This little patch of land in the British Virgin Islands is thought to be named after a Dutch pirate who used it as a hideout in the 17th century. White Bay, where Star Clippers ships dock, is one of the most beautiful spots here and was even named as one of the best Caribbean beaches to visit in 2019 by Forbes Magazine.

The water is impossibly blue and this sets the scene for the chilled out vibe which exists in the bars and shacks on the fringes of the sand. One of these, the Soggy Dollar Bar, is named for the state of most people’s money after they swim ashore having anchored their yacht off the coast. The activities in White Bay include a hike further inland along one of the many trails and diving trips around an offshore reef.

Cabrits, Dominica

Cabrits, Dominica

Roseau is the most popular port of call for cruise ships visiting Dominica, but our Caribbean cruises can take you to Cabrits, in the north of the island. Waterfalls and rainforests are a key part of the landscape here and you will get the chance to discover these in the Cabrits National Park. As well as the nature on offer, the park also includes Fort Shirley, a former British military garrison that has been well restored to provide an interesting look into the past.

The national park also protects an area of coral reef just off the coast. So, once you’ve enjoyed some breathtaking views from up high, you can admire life beneath the waves during a diving session.


If you would like to know more about the Caribbean cruises we have available, call the team on 0845 200 6145. You can also speak to us directly using our online chat.

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