Top 10 Cruise Ports on ResortPass


Cruises are awesome. With pools, activities, and restaurants, the fun never ends on the ship. The part of cruising that doesn’t always feel like a vacation? The hours off the boat can feel like a long stretch between the onboard excitement. That might mean needing to fill a few hours before hitting the high seas or having an entire day empty between an early morning docking and a night flight home (and finding a secure place to store luggage). Especially when traveling as a family, the port-of-call days can seem really long without a dedicated home base. That’s why so many veteran cruisers turn to ResortPass to book daycation experiences at top-rated hotels and resorts near popular ports, from Port Canaveral to Cozumel. 

Port of Miami, Florida

Miami is SoFlo’s most sizzling city with sandy beaches and buzzy hotels. So when your ship docks in this holiday hotspot, you’re going to want to have a game plan to take advantage of every sun-splashed second. Booking a day pass at the Kimpton Surfcomer Hotel or The Confidante Miami Beach – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt comes with access to pools, shaded cabanas, and craft cocktails.

Port Everglades, Florida

Port Everglades is located in Fort Lauderdale, a vacation-worthy South Florida city that’s known for its waterways, beaches, and bars along Las Olas Boulevard. Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort and B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale feature pools, beach access, food, and drinks – basically, everything you need for a first-class daycation off the boat. 

Port Canaveral, Florida

More than four million passengers pass through Port Canaveral each year. Rather than contending with crowds at the world’s busiest cruise port, why not sneak away to a resort in nearby Orlando?  Waterslides, pools, and private cabanas put Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate and Hilton Orlando in the running for the best daycation destination in the area for families, couples, and solo groups of pals. 

Nassau Cruise Port, Bahamas

The cruising gateway to the Bahamas, Nassau Cruise Port is the entry point to a Caribbean island paradise with picture-perfect beaches, vibrant culture, and family-oriented resorts. Lean into vacation mode from the moment you step off the boat with a fun-filled daycation full of waterslides, lazy river rides, splash pads, and swimming pools at Margaritaville Beach Resort – Nassau or Baha Bay Waterpark at Baha Mar Resort

Kauai Cruise Port, Hawaii

Say aloha to vacation vibes. Kauai – aka the Garden Isle – is the ideal Hawaiian holiday, err daycation, destination with lush tropical forests, swaying palms, golden sands, and blue waters. Slather on some sunscreen and settle in for a relaxing day of swimming, tropical cocktails, Hawaiian fare, and beach lounging at The Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue or Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.

Puerto Vallarta Cruise Port, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Cruise Port is just three miles from downtown. That puts passengers in proximity to some of Mexico’s most dazzling Pacific coast beaches, boutique shops, restaurants, and nightlife. It’s also easy to bop over to fabulous resorts such as The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta and Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa for tacos, ceviche, margaritas (or frozen treats for kiddos), swimming, catching rays, and hanging by the pool. 

Cozumel Cruise Port, Mexico

Cozumel Cruise Port has plenty of shops and restaurants to keep passengers busy for a few hours. But if your ideal day doesn’t involve navigating throngs of tourists, you’d probably be better served to book a day pass at a resort. The Westin Cozumel provides the perfect environment to unwind by the pool, while Iberostar Cozumel adds entertainment and activities for all ages. 

Port Zante, St. Kitts

Located on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Port Zante sits within walking distance of the National Museum, St. George’s Anglican Church, artisan shops, and excellent restaurants in Basseterre. It also makes it a breeze for cruise passengers to spend the day soaking up the sun, swimming, and sipping daiquiris at St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino or the five-star Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour.

Aruba Cruise Port, Aruba

Aruba Cruise Port puts the 18th-century Fort Zoutman, the colorful Willem III Tower, and the vibrant shop-lined L.G. Smith Boulevard in downtown Oranjestad within easy reach. Passengers with a fondness for gaming can hit the slots and blackjack tables. It’s also a hop, skip, and a jump away from the swimming pools, cabanas, food, and drinks that await at Radisson Blu Aruba and Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino.

Barbados (Bridgetown) Cruise Port, Barbados

Cruise ships dock in Bridgetown, the vibrant capital city of Barbados. Nearby are shops, bars, cafés, and some of the best beaches on the island. A short drive away sits Hilton Barbados Resort. With two pools, hot tubs, cabanas, white sand, and clear water, it’s the ultimate Caribbean daycation spot in between adventures on the ship. 

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