Tour help for St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba
Heading to our first S. Caribbean. Wouldlike some suggestions for tours. We like beaches, snorhling, and animals. What have you done??? Also, best places to shop--not straw markets,
In St. Kitts, I have only done the island highlights tour that includes Brimstone Fortress (known as "the Gibraltar of the West Indies") and the Anabelle Batik Factory and adjacent garden, along with some lesser points of interest. This tour is very worthwhile, but I won't push it since it apparently is not within your interest.
I have been to Grenada several times, but I don't recall going to a beach there. I found the tour around the island to be quite interesting on my first visit, but just went ashore on my own and wandered around the pier and the cruise termianl -- and, of course, to buy spices -- last time I was there. The spices are a great bargain and much better than what you find in your local supermarket, so be sure to stock up if you like to cook.
I have never been to Bonaire, so I can't advise you on that port of call.
In Aruba, I highly recommend the excursion called Sail, Snorkel, Barbecue, and Beach. On this excursion, a sail catamaran picks you up at the cruise ship pier in Oranjestad and takes you up the coast to a couple snorkel areas -- the first near a beach and the second over a wreck that's teaming with all kinds of fish. After that, the catamaran goes to the operator's pier where the operator has a barbecue shack that serves lunch. After lunch, you'll have some time to swim at the beach next to the pier (which is a very good beach) or browse the shops across the street from the pier before reboarding the catamaran to go back to the cruise ship pier. On this excursion, the crew of the catamaran serves beverages throughout but the alcoholic beverages are available only after the last snorkeling stop. When you return, you'll have some time to wander through the downtown shopping area right outside Aruba's cruise terminal.
Hope this helps. Have a great cruise!
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