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inspiration:so. carib. excursion or on own at which ports?

Feb 23rd, 1999, 04:38 PM
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judyj
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inspiration:so. carib. excursion or on own at which ports?

portsuerto rico, sts.thomas/john, guadeloupe, st. lucia, grenada, and santa domingo. help,please,by individual ports on which you would do "booked" excursions, and the ones that you would recommend on own. could you give ideas on best excursions? MANY THANKS!!!
 
Feb 24th, 1999, 05:51 AM
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We went on a Southern Caribbean cruise in late December last year. We found that in all of the ports we stopped in that the tourism industry was such a big part of the economy that there were people lining up to take you anywhere you wanted on each of the islands and that it was much less expensive that what the cruise line offered.

That being said, the only ports we had in common with your trip are San Juan, St Thomas and St Lucia. On St Lucia, we hired a private taxi to take us snorkeling at Anse Chasenet (sp?) and then up to the volcano and gardens. It was a wonderful way to spend the day. On St Thomas, we took the ship offered trip to snorkel at Trunk Bay on St John which was also nice. San Juan you can easily explore by yourself-Old San Juan was filled with wonderful historic sites.
 
Feb 25th, 1999, 06:16 PM
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Hi: We went on a Southern Caribbean cruise in Jan. 97. In St. Lucia don't miss the boat excursion to Soufriere, it takes you along the gorgeous shore with a view of the Pitons that was spectacular. You get off at Soufrier to go to the Diamond Falls and mineral springs as well as the drive in volcano. We had a Caribbean lunch served as well as rum punch and great music. On the way back aboard ship we passed beaches and then stopped at Anse Couchon for a swim. The beach was a black volcanic sand beach. We then went to Marigot Bay where they filmed Dr. Doolittle it was picture perfect! It was one of the best excursions we've ever been on, worth every dollar! When you are coming into Grenada make sure you are up early and get a good rail view on deck. Don't be discouraged if you see rain clouds over the rainforest area (we could actually see a rainbow from the ship). As you arrive into St. Georges you will be greeted by one of the prettiest scenes in the whole Caribbean, as the sun rises it just illuminates the whole port ( we have spectacular pictures- it was well worth getting up early for!!) We took a ship excursion to Grand Etang and Annadale Falls as well as various other sites. The highlight was stopping at a stand to buy spices, the woman put on a great show selling her wares and explaining the processes involved in producing the spices. Don't buy spices at the dock until after the excursion as they are cheaper away from the dock. We took a water taxi to Grande Anse Beach one of the nicest in the Caribbean. People are a little pushing trying to sell you more spices ect.. We also walked along the Careenage to Nutmeg Restaurant it overlooks the harbour and serves a mean Rum punch. Karen
 
Feb 25th, 1999, 06:32 PM
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Hi again: I ran out of space on my last reply before I could comment on San Juan and St. Thomas. In San Juan a walking tour is a great way to spend time, We arrived at sunset so time was limited. We did see a Latin Flamenco show and did some gambling. When we go to San Juan in April as part of an eastern Caribbean cruise we will take in El Morro Fort as well as a trolly ride through Old San Juan and a walking tour of shopping area. We also plan to go to the new Wyndham Resort right at the dock to have cocktails and alittle gaming. We went on a snorkling excursion in St. Thomas as well as going to Magen's Beach. The beach is breathtaking and the taxi ride to get there is equally as beautiful as well as harrowing. This trip we will be going to St. John's and taking a taxi ride of the Island and then snorkling at Trunk Bay. Since we did not go shopping in Charlotte Amalie last trip we may try to walk around the town for an hour or so. St. Thomas would diffently be one of the islands that you could "wing it". I hope you have a wonderful time, if you wish more info please e mail me directly at [email protected] Sincerely, Karen
 
Feb 27th, 1999, 04:57 AM
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THANK YOU!!! really appreciate your most helpful messages and gorgeous email pictures. wish we were "independently wealthy" and could travel FOREVER!
 

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