Art of Island Hopping explained in New Insight Guide Book

With the Caribbean Islands ranking as one of the most popular charter yacht destination the demand for reliable information on the myriad of routes, sites, destinations and related activities has never been greater.
For Captains who seek to have the most up to date information about cruising grounds the new, fully revised edition of the Insight Guide Caribbean Cruises is available from 4 January 2012.
The book begins with a snapshot of top attractions from the engineering genius that is the Panama Canal, to Trinidad’s flamboyant carnival and Humpback whale watching in the Dominican Republic.
A ‘best for…..’ section pinpoints features such as the top beaches (Barbuda’s 27km stretch of pink sand), adventures (the National Trail in Dominica), markets (central market in Castries, St Lucia), handicrafts (batik on St Kitts), on board highlights (watching dolphins race the ship at sunrise), architecture, views, and gardens.
Exploring every angle of the cruising experience, the Guide contains a wealth of know-how useful for seasoned voyagers
From Florida, Mexico and Central America to the many islands of the Caribbean, all the destinations on the major Caribbean cruise routes are covered – including the private islands owned by the cruise lines – and cross-referenced on a detailed map with individual sections outlining the culture, history, topography, languages and attractions, and who they are suited to.  They include:
Among the destinations covered in the first section are:
  • Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula
  • Belize
  • Honduras
  • Guatemala
  • Panama
  • Grand Cayman
  • Florida’s ports of call
  • Cayman Islands
  • Jamaica.

A section on Sailing the East takes in a culturally diverse range of islands complete with their patois, cuisine, wildlife, climate and culture, islands covered include:
  • Bahamas
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Rico
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Sint Maarten

The section entitled Southern Sailing – encompasses the contrasting large resort islands with the lesser-developed French and Dutch islands, the southern islands and include:
  • British Virgin Islands
  • St-Barths
  • Saba
  • Montserrat
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Dominica
  • Martinique
  • Guadeloupe
  • St Lucia
  • Barbados
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Grenada and Carriacou
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Aruba and Curaçao 

Caribbean Cruises offers recommendations on how to find the best for all interests, from beaches to gardens, scuba and snorkelling to history.
Insight Guide Caribbean Cruises is available from and all good book shops priced £17.99.