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I am going on the Eastern Caribbean for the first time this coming December. I do not dive or snorkle...what other activites would some recomend? Which beacn in Antigua is the most beautiful and preferablly the least crowded?

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St. Thomas - since you don't want to snorkel then i would suggest spending some time at Meagan's Bay Beach - gorgeous beach - it tends to get crowded, so get there early. If you want to shop St. Thomas would be your best bet. There are two main shopping areas on the island. Havensight Mall (right at the pier) and downtown Charlotte-Amalie.
IF you want to tour the island all you need to do is hire a cab for a couple of hours.

San Juan - lots of beautiful beaches to choose from, the beach front hotels seem to have the best ones. Take the time to wander around Old San Juan - very interesting, and go out to Fort EL Morro - you will see this fortress on the cliffs as you enter the harbor - very interesting, its a great vantage point to watch all the comings and goings in the harbor - its also very windy here - very popular kite flying destination. You could also choose to book a tour up into the rainforest - beautiful.

Nassau - i would suggest getting over to Paradise Island and Atlantis Resort/Casino- go to the Aquarium/Dig - amazing. If you want to just hit the beach then go to Blue Lagoon. There is the straw market to explore in Nassau - government center is interesting to just walk around. There is also a pirate museum which is interesting.
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Miller's in Antigua is great

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Thanks for the advice!

I did the Blue Lagoon thing back in 1992 in Nassau and loved it but I am wanting to get into Atlantis (they were under construction back then)!

San Juan we don't arrive until 5pm so I think the beach would be out for that port!

What kinds of "bargains" are there in the Eastern Caribbean, any?

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I was wondering what you can do in Tortola? I checked the ferry schedule and it doesn't look like you can take the ferry there and back on your own. Our ship is in port from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cruise tour is expensive for a family of four to do the baths.
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Ferry service in the BVI's can be notoriously slow . Your 2pm sailing means a 1:30 all aboard. If you MUST go to Virgin Gorda, stick with the ship tour. Better yet, hop in a cab, get a brief tour of Tortola and get dropped off at Apple Bay, Brewers Bay or the very popular Cane Garden Bay and spend a nice day on a great beach without wasting the ferry and taxi time on Virgin Gorda. Save your trip to The Baths for a time when you can spend more time on Virgin Gorda. The Baths can get crowded when a cruise ship is around and they do not have the facilities at the bottom of the hill to handle the crowd. Cane Garden Bay can get crowded , but there are many beach bars and restaurants
shops and vendors to handle the crowd.
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Chyna- to answer questions about bargains in St. Thomas - liquor, jewlery,cigars, cigarettes, irish/british linens, cameras, china, crystal, leather handbags. Know your prices before you shop, attend the ships port shopping lecture.
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Are there any other nice beach spots in Tortola?
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Re beaches on Tortola.
Most popular is Cane Garden Bay, Tortola BVI. Nice beach, restaurants, beach bars, and shops.
Brewers has a bar or two and is next most popular.
Smugglers is small, out of the way , no real facilities. Nice snorkelling. Apple Bay , more for surfing and the world famous Bomba's Shack beach bar. Long Bay , sight of a local resort, has about a mile long stretch of beach (not wide , but long).
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