I know this is probably a question that has been on the boards before and realize that the answer is an opinionated one. However, does anyone have advise for a first time cruiser (single in early 30's) on which destination would be better? I will be traveling on the Valor in April 2005, just need to decide between Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean.
I've found the eastern tends to be more shopping, beaches, etc. and the western seems to have more physical excursions. A lot depends on what you like to do. Are you more interested in seeing the Mayan ruins and climbing them and cave tubing in Belize or shopping in St. Thomas and St. Maarten (not that thats all to do there)? It comes down to individual preference. I like western as I can go snorkeling and hang out at the beach in some ports and to some physical activities in others. Hope this helps.
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If you've never been either place, it really doesn't matter much. There are great places to go and things to do in either location. If you wanted to do some shopping, it's everywhere, but personally I think the best shopping deals are in Mexico, more specifically , Cozumel. If you're into ruins, Mexico is the place for that. Beaches and all kinds of water sports are everywhere in the caribbean. Surfing and real waves are much better in the eastern caribbean, since it borders the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. The westen caribbean only has the Caribbean Sea and it's extension of the Gulf of Mexico. I personally prefer the eastern caribbean for the island atmosphere, but either choice would be enjoyable.
it all depends upon what you want to do.
If you want gorgeous white silky sandy beaches with turquoise waters, good snorkeling and great deals on shopping then you should pick the Eastern Route
If you want to swim with the Sting Rays, climb the falls, experience some awesome snorkeling, visit Mayan Ruins, hit some really great beaches or swim with dolphins and Sea Lions then you should pick the Western Route
Its your call.