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My husband and I are in our late 50's/early 60's on our first-ever cruise on the Windspirit visiting St. Barths, St. Kitts, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda for one day each in early March.

We love to snorkel, swim, walk the beach and would like your advice on where the best places are to go to do that on St. Barths (or any of the islands on our itinerary) -- where is the best snorkeling you can get to from the beach?

Or are there snorkel trips you would recommend that would take us to better snorkeling off shore, as well as a fun day on the water?

Also please share with us what non-beach/snorkel things you think are "don't miss this" experiences on these islands.

Whether it is snorkeling, touring or whatever, do you recommend ship excursions or going on you own and if so, how to plan for that?

Thanks for your help and advice!

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    Sounds like a wonderful itinerary, have a great time on your cruise. An easy snorkling adventure would be to taxi or hike (good hike, but do-able) to Shell Beach near Gustavia. I understand the snorkling there is pretty good. The beach is covered with shells, and enjoyable for shell and beach glass seekers, too. The restaurant Do Brazil is there. Excellent choice for lunch, everything is delicious, but I usually get their signature salad. Light and refreshing. Another spot for snokling is the small Marigot Bay, located on the north side of the island (the port where you will tender to is on the west side). Ample parking and a small beach. It is located near Grand Cul du Sac Beach, home of Le Gloriette (casual outdoor lunch only), Le Serano (upscale hotel with seafood oriented restaurant) and O'Corail (very casual, sandwiches, cocktails). There are many agencies that will also coordinate your excursion, too. Sooo....depending on how much time you have, if it were me, I would rent a car, they can deliver to the tender area, and start out towards Marigot, snorkle, have lunch at Le Gloriette, drive around and explore a bit, come back through St. Jean and shop, drink a bit, come back to Shell beach and snorkle and have a few drinks, back to main part of Gustavia and shop, sit at Le select and have a beer and frits and watch that little corner of the world go by, return your car. Have fun!

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