We were there in May, only a 5 hr. stop, on Princess. I have heard there is a small beach area within walking distance from the ship, but did not see it. There is a big line of vendors on the side that had lots of things to sell and they were not pushy like some other islands. I was also told there is a Murano glass outlet in one of the warehouses, products are from Venezuela. This is also the isle of pearls, you can get some beautiful jewelry there. We took an excursion because of the short stop, Fiesta Party Bus. Went to a pretty beach (It was a long drive, but got to see some of the island) and they did stop for some shopping at one store. We enjoyed that tour.
The beach at the dock is shockingly better than it once was. We spent a couple of hours there on a recent cruise after our excursion. It was very nice and wouldn't mind spending the WHOLE day there. WSEA
Major waste of a port. We were there last year on Princess, with only five hours there. Everything is at least one hour away. There is no beach near the pier (don't let anyone tell you otherwise). Some vendors in stalls at pier , but nothing for sale you haven't seen in the other ports. Stay on board ship at this port!
I was told by others on our ship that there was a little beach down past the line of vendors and that it was worth going to for a few hrs. As I said in my other post, I did not see that because we took a tour to another beach but maybe when you get on the ship, they can tell you at the port talk. We were told by other passengers that it was within walking distance. I hope that the person who said they did go there can give you directions. I would never stay aboard at a stop. The whole purpose of travel is to experience new places in the world and each place has value. I liked this port and its people, though it would have been better if we had a little more time.
There is a beach at the port...
I would classify it as sand, water, bar and music.
Not Aruba style but jet ski's available for rental...
Yes vendors there also. Good value for those shoppers in the crowds.
OK this may sound a little strange but when we go on a cruise the first night we will go to the casino and play at the tables and talk to the dealers.WHY?Because the dealers are off when in port and they get to go to the beaches on shore and if there is a beach close to the ship they will know,because they have to be back early and dont go to far from the ship.
pop66ma, that's not at all strange to us. When we just want to do a beach day, we ALWAYS check with the casino staff and the bar servers on their favorite beach in the port. It has always worked well for us! ~WSEA~