Magen's Bay, St. Johns - Go there as soon as the ship docks. You can catch a cab in town for about 4 to 6 dollars. Great ride over. We got there around 9:15 am and were the only people on the beach for about 3 hours. Once locals, tours, etc started showing up we left and went shopping. The beach is beautiful. One of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Good luck and have fun.
While in St. Thomas we took a cab to the ferry and visited Trunk Bay, St. John. The journey was easy and locals very helpful. Trunk Bay was gorgeous but if i were to do it again i may have tried Cinnamon Bay as it might have been a bit less crowded.
In Barbados we took a cab tour ($50 for four hours). Our Cabbie, Casius, took us to Mullen's Beach where we swam, beachcombed and had a picnic lunch. We also drove over to Bathsheba on the Atlantic side. Didn't swim there as time didn't allow but it was much rougher (in fact there were surfers in the water).
In St. Lucia we did a Land and Sea tour....the beach we sailed into (Marigot Bay) was absolutely idyllic. Appeared to have all the amenities you could want, however we didn't have a swim break here so can't tell you more. There was also a lovely little beach at the town of Souffriere -- this is where we got on our catamaran for the "sea" portion of the tour. Have to say this tour and this island were our highlight of the trip!!
Was the Land & Sea tour on St Lucia a private tour or perhaps a tour from the ship
you were on??
We will be at St Lucia on the Destiny soon but the time in port is only from 12Noon
What would you recommend doing in that time span???
Can you view the Pitons by roadside driving?? Or must you do it by water??
Re: Re: Re: St. lucia, St. John, Barbados & beaches
Yes the Land & Sea tour was one that was offered by Princess. We docked from 8 am to 5:30 pm.
We saw the Pitons while on the bus driving, and then again they were behind us as we left on the Catamaran.
I'm sure you will find an adequate tour to be able to see as much of the island in the short amount of time you have. St. Lucia is more difficult to navigate than other islands because they do drive on the left hand side of the very hilly and winding roads.
Looking to my Princess Line "Adventures Ashore" booklet they offered a Scenes of St. Lucia tour which was 3 1/2 hours for $40 taking you to a sugar mill, stop at Marigot Bay, go to St. Marks (colonial house) and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.
They also offered a 3 1/2 hour $30 Northern Island and Beach Tour which took you to Reduit Beach, shopping, Rodney Bay with time for a swim and brief photo stop overlooking Pigeon Island.
Also available was St. Lucia Flightseeing for 4 1/2 hours $90 on a Twin Otter airplane with enlarged picture windows and headphones for a fully narrated island air tour.
They also had a tour to which winds its way thru small fishing villages until arriving at Mamiku Gardens 4 hours, $44; Four Wheel Drive Adventure 3 1/2 hours $62 where you visit a sugar mill and go offroad to some secluded hideaways.
For the more adventurous there was Rain Forest Cycling Adventures $64 for 4 hours or Jungle Mountain Bike Excursions $86 for 4 1/2 hours.
I'm sure you'll find something excellent to do in this lush tropical paradise.
have a great trip!