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Old January 10th, 2004, 12:03 AM
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Default St Lucia, St Thomas,St Martin,Aruba,Antigua,Barbados,Curacao

Need info on which of these are "do-it-yourself" ports (ie wander around and shop) and which ones are better for excursions - we like to snorkel, sightsee, etc.

Thanks in advance - we're going in May, but like to plan ahead.
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Old January 10th, 2004, 01:11 PM
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Default Re: St Lucia, St Thomas,St Martin,Aruba,Antigua,Barbados,Cur

Hi Missy,
I can only comment on St Lucia, St Thomas, Antigua and Barbados. All good to do independently by taxi. Never really saw anything apart from the beaches and shops in St Thomas but comfortable enough to walk around the shops on my own [hubby doesn't do shopping]. St Lucia - about an hours drive to the Pittons area where the 'volcano' is [also a lovely garden down there] and you can make stops on the way. My favourite on St Lucia is Pigeon Island which is a short hop from the dock on a taxi [mini buses to share or normal cabs]. It is a protected area which is scenic with a beach and various walks also cafes - small fee to get in the reserve.
In Antigua the beaches are good but beware jellyfish! Nelson's Dockyard and Shirley Heights [in the same area] are very interesting to visit by taxi [again you can share which is good value].
Barbados is a great island and a general tour by taxi is good. The contrasting coasts and great scenery make a good half day out if not more. We once went to a plantation house which was interesting historically.

Hope to have been of help please email me if you want to know anything specific, sorry I don't know anything about snokeling
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Old January 12th, 2004, 06:35 PM
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Coki Point is good for snorkeling in St. Thomas. Easy walk in from the shore - swim out & around the rocks & towards coral world you will see nice coral & some colorful fish. Coki beach is free & you get to see the fish w/o having to pay @ Coral World.

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Old January 15th, 2004, 12:48 PM
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