Very soon, DH and I are going on Glory's Eastern Carribean trip. We are trying to finalize our shore excursions. Should we "prebook" with an independent company before we sail into port? Most of the excursions that I have looked at like to have at least 6 people and there's only the 2 of us. Also, I think I want to "tour" St. Thomas and "beach it at Sapphire Beach" and in St. Maarten, maybe do the "Regatta" and Orient Beach. Does this sound good to any of you that have visited here before? Also, which island has the best shopping? Thanks for your advise.
We did an island tour and Orient Beach in St Marin it was very. You could probably set up a taxi tour at the port or just arrange for a taxi to take you to the beach. They will show you around as you go.. St. Marin is beautiful. Enjoy your trip.
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We just got back this past Saturday. We went to Orient Beach in St. Marteen and it is beautiful. I highly recommend it. It's easy to get to. You go outside on the pier and there is a taxi area. There are signs listed for all the main attractions. Get in line and they put you in a taxi van with other people going to the same place. It cost us $6.00 per person to get to Orient Beach (one-way). Once there, there are several beach front bars/restaurants that offer you a lounge chair for the cost of about $7.00. With this you get the chair, umbrella, a free drink and use of their washroom. Not a bad deal. I guess they may all have different deals, but that's mainly what I saw. We spent the entire day there, then headed back over to the taxi area where they assisted us to another car to take us back. One note: The beaches here are clothing optional. One side of Orient Beach is all nude, while the other is here and there.
As far as St. Thomas goes, unless you want to shop for diamonds and jewlry, then there isn't much to see downtown. They pressure you to come in the stores and i'm not joking when I say 80% of the stores are all about the diamonds. I heard it's a good place to buy - it that's what you're looking for I guess.
Here too you can just take a taxi. Downtown is about 10 minutes away from pier. We also went to Magens Bay Beach which is also very nice. Very crowded though. There is a place where you can purchase drinks / food here too. I would say it was roughly a 30 minute drive to the beach. We ended up doing an excursion, but should have just gone on our own I guess. I heard taxi cab drivers yelling out "$8.00 to magens bay" when we were down town St. Thomas. We paid $33.00 each to have the excursion take us shopping for 2 hours (too much time) and then 2 hours as the beach. I didn't realize how easy it would be until we got there and off the ship.
Paradise Point is a must in St. Thomas. Absolutely beautiful from up there. Try one of the Bushwackers. We bought tickets on board the ship with the understanding that for whatever reason you didn't get to use them they were refundable. I can't wait to go back to St. Thomas just for the sky ride up to Paradise Point and one of those Bushwackers.
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I did the America's Cup regatta in St.Maarten and had a BLAST!!It was an awesome adventure.Count on REAL sailing.The boat heels over and you're taking on water and getting wet and just having a great time. Highly recommend this tour.
in st thomas if you want a tour and the beach you don't really need to prebook. We walked off the ship and there were many taxis offering a tour. We payed i think 20 bucks each and got a tour and he dropped us off at sapphire beach. The beach is beautiful, one of the best we have been to, and we saw the main sights like mountain top where they serve the banana daquiris. We shopped first and then the tour. If you haven't been to st. Thomas the taxis are open air in the back of pick ups but covered so the sun isn't beating in on you but you get the breeze and everything. A neat experience. The driver also picked us up at the beach and took us back to the ship. The guy we had his name was the ladies man but there were so many to choose from, all in a row as you got off the ship.