Caribbean cruise what to do on islands?

Old Jan 31st, 2001, 11:01 AM
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Caribbean cruise what to do on islands?

WeŽre traveling on the Monarch of the seas for our honeymoon, southern caribbean stoping at San Juan, Puerto Rico - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Philipsburg, St. Maarten - St. Johns, Antigua - Castries, St. Lucia - Bridgetown, Barbados. Don't know which island to get off and what to do, any suggestions?
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 11:11 AM
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Get off to visit all of them - no two islands are alike. You can generally walk to town from the ship at most ports - get maps at the "port lectures" and do your own thing or take ship organized tours. Enjoy!
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 09:54 PM
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You definately have to get off and get the feel of the islands and the people who we found to be colorful and warm. On St.Thomas you need to go to Magen's Bay. It's alittle crowded but one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. If you're in port overnight you might want to go to an Italian rest. in Charlotte Amalie called Virgilios. The food is incredible and it is VERY romantic. A local resident recommended it to us and we were not disappointed. Just don't walk the streets at night because it's off the beaten path. The help will make sure you get safe transportation. Enjoy the Caribbean as much as we did-CAN'T wait to go back!
Old Feb 1st, 2001, 07:20 AM
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Antigua is an island with beautiful beaches and a British historical flair. If you are even remotely interested in history, you will love the English Harbour (home port of Admiral Nelson in the 1700s') and the numerous old forts on the island. You can take a day tour with BoTours ( and they will pick up/drop off at the dock and show you all of the sights. Bring lots of film! The tour includes an hour's stop at Half Moon Bay,one ofthemost beautiful beaches on the island. Have fun!
Old Feb 1st, 2001, 01:45 PM
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on St. maarten, either take a tour or a taxi and go to Orient Beach ( our clothing optional beach) hang out at Pedro's for great ribs. or go to Oyster Pond Beach and go to Mr Busby's,Ms B's or Scavengers.. all great beach bars on a lovely beach. the taxi will come back and pick you up when you want.leave some time to stroll in Philipsburg on Front Street for some shopping. if you are into sailing, you could also spend a half day racing on the America's Cup 12 meter yachts.
Old Feb 1st, 2001, 02:32 PM
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Just did a similar itinerary. The only ship's excursion we took was in St. Lucia. It was a land/sea tour. First on a bus with a tour guide--saw all the sights--then lunch--then return on a catamaran which stopped for a swim. It was a great time. In all the other ports we just got a taxi and headed for a beach.
Old Feb 1st, 2001, 03:13 PM
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We went on a Cruise last APril...

St. Thomas, we snorkled at Coki Beach. It was a great beach, with good snorkeling. Stopped at Megans Bay. It was pretty. Shopped right at the stores when you get off the ship. Perfume is cheap there!

St. Maarten. I was less than thrilled here. We went to Dawn Beach. The locals wouln't leave us alone, trying to make us buy stuff. The beach is covered with chairs and umbrellas, that you have to rent. Hardly any room to lay your town in the sand... The reef was pretty much gone from hurricanes, so no fish in the water! And, they were doing construction nearby, so we heard a drill for the whole time...

Shopping in St. Maartin was fun. The little town is cute, and we got some fun stuff!

I suggest you visit the French side. We didn't but should have.
Old Feb 1st, 2001, 06:26 PM
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Hi: We have been to all these islands as part of cruise stops except for Antigua. Ideas for San Juan would be to walk throught the cobblestone streets to El Morro which is an old Fort with beautiful views. Walk back to town along the water it is lovely. There are some jewellery shops but the history of the town is the real draw here. In the evening before you set sail you may want to go to the Wyndham Old san Juan there is a casino and really nice balcony bar that overlooks the harbour. In St. Thomas , Magen's bay is lovely, shopping if you are interested is good. The island tour in St. John that goes by taxi van to the ferry then goes to Cruz bay ,St John to a beautiful beach to snorkle, Trunk Bay. Renting the snorkling equipment at Trunk's bay was cheaper than on the ship. In St. Maarten we have rented a car and toured the island, Marigot, Grand Case, Cupocouy beach ect.. Also we have taken a taxi to Orient bay for a beach day. There is a nice patio bar in Phillipsburg called the Holland Beach Hotel, through the lobby onto a beautiful patio that ov erlooks the harbour, nice music great drinks. In St. Lucia we took the best shore excursion, we went be sailboat up the coast to Soufriere. We stopped at the diamond falls and mineral spring, botanical gardens, we went to the drive in volcano(can't drive in any more). The trip included a Caribbean chicken lunch and drinks. The trip up the coast was beautiful we saw the Pitons, Marigot Bay (dr. doolittle spot)and stopped for a swim at Anse Couchon. It was a fabulous trip, not cheap but worth every cent. On the way back we danced ect. not a booze cruise but the punch did flow a bit. In Barbados we have rented a moke which was alot of fun. We stopped at any beach we desired, went to Farley Hill, Cherry Tree Hill, Windmill, Barclay Park Andromeda gardens, Codrington College, Bathesheba, the anglican church and cemetary. We stopped at Crane beach for a drink and to get that great view up the coast. We went to a number of beaches, Accra ect and stopped for a happy hour drink at the barbados Hilton for sunset which was fabulous. On another trip we went shopping, to the beach at the Boatyard downtown and then on a snorkling trip. The snorkling excursion was great really well run. we went to the underwater park for snorkling then to Sandly Lane Beach for swimming and a walk along the shore. We were able to carry drinks off the boat to the beach. We had singing and dancing on the way back to the ship. Again not abooze cruise but there was punch ect included. On the cruise that stayed late in port we went back to town to the boatyard for some banks on the beach and then out for a snack at a place on the Carrenage. The taxi dropped us off and made arrangements to pick us up. We went with 3 couples we met on the ship. At the Boatyard we ran into a number of the ships staff. Hope this gives you some ideas. Have a great holiday.Karen
Old Feb 7th, 2001, 09:05 AM
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Well thanks a lot guys! I'm sure this will be very useful. At least I feel a little more confident that weŽll make better choices during the trip.

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