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Old August 5th, 2010, 09:49 AM
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Kuki asked the question are you sick of cruising to the Caribbean (I'm paraphasing here he asked nicer then that). That is when I realized I have cruise 8 times, but never to the Caribbean. My transaltantic cruise did stop at St. Marteen and that is the only Caribbean port I have been to. So I'm a newbie to the Caribbean, what carribean port would you recommend and why. Do you have a favorite thing to do in that port? I have to say the beaches in St. Marteen were nicey nice. I have cruised mainly the Mexican Rivieria and the Pacific Ocean doesn't hold a candle to the Carribean. Oh I like to Snorkel also. Thanks for the help.
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St. Martaan is very nice. There is a lot to do and see right at the port. You really don't have to wander off very far to have a good time. I like St. Thomas for shopping. The downtown area is nice. You can buy almost any type of jewelry and electronics. San Juan is ok;; my favorite is Barbados. It is beautiful, they have great shore excursions, and the weather is nice all the time.
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Snorkeling in Belize, and in the Bahamas,is wonderful I hear..Since I am not
a water baby, I go by what my swim diva girlfriend tells me.

I enjoy 99.99% of the Caribbean...each island has their own flavor. Martinique, Caracas and Nassau,are ports that are not on many top 10 lists, but I enjoyed them all.

Harrisons Caves, in Barbados is a very unique excursion, who would think that I would enjoya ride through a cave, but I really did....The people of Barbados are lovely,and there is beach called Sandy Lane,I have read about for years as being stunning! If I get there again,I want to investigate it!

For,now, I will say Barbados, for the charm of it... The French side of St Maarten, for the style, and St Thomas, for the "I'll take one of those" shopping factor
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I don't know if I really have a favorite. The Caribbean hasn't lost it's luster for me, I still love to sail there. I wish I had chosen a Caribbean cruise over my upcoming Mexican Riviera cruise on Carnival, but I wanted to sail on a Carnival Spirit Class ship.

If I had to chose a favorite, I guess it would be the US Virgin Islands. St. John to be exact, most beautiful Island I have ever been on! Although the government there really needs to fix and clean the public restrooms on St. John though.

I also enjoyed Belize a lot and Barbados. The French side of St. Maarten is really nice too.
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You can shop or find a nice beach on almost any of the ports of a Caribbean or Gulf cruise. However, I love scenery or ancient ruins, other than the one I see when I gaze into a mirror.

I particularly enjoyed the tours on Grenada and Dominica viewing mountains, jungle and waterfalls. In the Gulf, except for Grand Cayman, you can find tours to ancient Mayan sites from almost any port.
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katlady you mentioned snorkeling, for that i would choose Cozumel, we love to snorkel the Palencaar Reef it is an easy snorkel and the aquatic scenery is just amazing. It is so hard to pick a favorite each island has its own charm. For just beaches i would choose St. John Island hands-down, then the french side of St. Maarten. One of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean is Jamaica, it is beautiful, green tropical and lush, its too bad that it has such a drug, poverty and crime problem
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We usually snorkel at least once per cruise and I have to say that Tabania Beach on Roatan was one of the best we have been to. The reef is right there at the beach and there are numerious fish of all kinds.

At Grand Cayman there are many nice beaches you can snorkel from and we like Eden Rock, not much in sunbathing type beach but the snorkeling is great and you can walk to it from the tender docks, you can rent a locker for $5 for the day soyou can store your thing there while snorkeling and if you tire of snorkeling you can shop without having to carry any gear you may have with you, plus there is a very nice small resturant there.

Even though the area just had some bad press Coki Beach on St Thomas is very nice for snorkeling and we enjoyed it better than the beach we went to on St John's, much more to see under water at Coki. Plus there is Coral World right there and you can rent lockers there for the day.

The area at the dock at Grand Turk was also very nice. When we were there they were swtil in recovery mode from a hurricane so not much of the island had power.

At Barbados we did any excursion of snorkeling that went by boat to a cove not far from the docks that had sunken boats, We did normal snorkeling then with power scooters, what fun and there wer a lot of fish also.

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My favorite was probably Barbados and Martinique. Many people have had bad experiences on Martinique with vendors and people who didn't like tourists but we had no problem.

Both Barbados and Martinique had great beaches and Martinique had wonderful little cafes and food.

I'd like to go back.

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Ours would have to be Roatan, Honduras. You can get the Touristy thing on the west end, or get away from it all further east. The Snorkeling there is superb. Been back twice and still haven't see it all.

We found a resort, Paya Bay that offers everything. Diving, Snorkeling, even a clothing optional beach. And an excellent restaurant.

We are definitely going back.
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My favorite cruise port is Bora Bora. This island was full of beauty and history. I am sure that my mind will change as I take more cruises in the future. A close second would be Funchal, Madera. The guided tour we took showed divine scenery, a ride on the tram, a visit to a place that sold pottery, and the sight of an historic church.
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My favorite cruise port is Bora Bora. This island was full of beauty and history. I am sure that my mind will change as I take more cruises in the future. A close second would be Funchal, Madera. The guided tour we took showed divine scenery, a ride on the tram, a visit to a place that sold pottery, and the sight of an historic church.
Funchal, Madeira and Bora Bora are top-notch indeed, but they are not Caribbean ports as the question referred too.

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Kat, we could never tire of the Caribbean. Love St Thomas, St. Maarten, Barbadoes and Aruba. Beautiful!!
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My favorite cruise port is Bora Bora. This island was full of beauty and history. I am sure that my mind will change as I take more cruises in the future. A close second would be Funchal, Madera. The guided tour we took showed divine scenery, a ride on the tram, a visit to a place that sold pottery, and the sight of an historic church.
Funchal is also one of my favorite ports. I do have relatives on the Island. We took a shore excursion around the island those roads are interesting. We stopped at the basket weaving factory in Camacha. I was asking about the Caribbean ports on this post. Because I have never taken a Caribbean cruise and was hoping to find some good spots. I would love to do a South Pacific cruise that included Bora Bora and Hawaii, but at this time the wallet won't allow it.
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Great information Barbados surprised me I haven't heard people talk about it much sounds like a great port. I love it that you guys are including your favortie spots to snorkel and eat. Because those are two of my favorite things.
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We usually snorkel at least once per cruise and I have to say that Tabania Beach on Roatan was one of the best we have been to. The reef is right there at the beach and there are numerious fish of all kinds.

At Grand Cayman there are many nice beaches you can snorkel from and we like Eden Rock, not much in sunbathing type beach but the snorkeling is great and you can walk to it from the tender docks, you can rent a locker for $5 for the day soyou can store your thing there while snorkeling and if you tire of snorkeling you can shop without having to carry any gear you may have with you, plus there is a very nice small resturant there.

Even though the area just had some bad press Coki Beach on St Thomas is very nice for snorkeling and we enjoyed it better than the beach we went to on St John's, much more to see under water at Coki. Plus there is Coral World right there and you can rent lockers there for the day.

The area at the dock at Grand Turk was also very nice. When we were there they were swtil in recovery mode from a hurricane so not much of the island had power.

At Barbados we did any excursion of snorkeling that went by boat to a cove not far from the docks that had sunken boats, We did normal snorkeling then with power scooters, what fun and there wer a lot of fish also.

Hope this helps you Katlady.
Great information thank you I like the information about the lockers because I always wonder what to do with my junk while I'm swimming.
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Western Caribbean port - Playa del Carmen (Calica port)

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Trouble with the Caribbean is that people get mixed up & expect the South Pacific or Indian Ocean, the beaches & scenery in the Caribbean rarely challenge these places & can be crowded & commercialised....so people are disappointed. I love Barbados, as we have visited several islands on land based holidays we can say that from experience of spending time there. We have spent a lot of time in the West Indies ...nice but the Med has more interesting ports I think.
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We, too, were really taken with Playa Del Carmen. I'm surprised that one doesn't hear more about it. PDC is both beautiful and charming.
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Barbados for me..I loved it so much when I was on a cruise, I went back and spent 5 incredible days/nights there
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We are lovers of all ports in the Caribbean, as we come from the Great White North!
However, my favourite was always St. Maarten, it has the nicest port arrival area, and my fave drink spot, Happy Hours for frozen Margaritas...
And then I visited Aruba a and Curacao, and I think Curacao with all it's new buildings and shopping, and its cleanliness has taken over as my new fave...

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RD, I am glad to hear about Curacao, because, everything you loved about it, was eveything it was not, when I was there..I look forward to seeing it anew.
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We, too, were really taken with Playa Del Carmen. I'm surprised that one doesn't hear more about it. PDC is both beautiful and charming.
I totally agree! I have loved Playa del Carmen from the first time I ever visited it. The beach and water are beautiful! So is the whole area! I love walking down 5th Avenue and just exploring the town in general. We thought about buying a small house there several years ago. I sometimes wish we had. I'm sure the prices have gone up greatly since then.
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Tortola wins hands down for me. Gorgeous beaches, and not over-run like St. Thomas.
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I totally agree! I have loved Playa del Carmen from the first time I ever visited it. The beach and water are beautiful! So is the whole area! I love walking down 5th Avenue and just exploring the town in general. We thought about buying a small house there several years ago. I sometimes wish we had. I'm sure the prices have gone up greatly since then.
I first went to Playa Del Carmen in 1994 and stayed at a resort. It was sort of a sleepy fishing village at that time. In 2000 we visited on our first cruise and it was more built up but still nice. I hadn't been there in four years but when I was there in May I was shocked at how built up it was. It was a completely different place then what I'd seen just a few years before. The sheer number of vendors, stores and other tourist attractions was mind boggling.

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Harrisons Caves, in Barbados is a very unique excursion, who would think that I would enjoya ride through a cave, but I really did....The people of Barbados are lovely,and there is beach called Sandy Lane,I have read about for years as being stunning! If I get there again,I want to investigate it!
Trip, did you have any "claustraphobic" problems in Harrison Caves? This I something we're looking at, but I hate being too "closed in" . Do you think the cave is open enough that I wouldn't have a problem? Thanks,
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Fern, the caves were closed for renovations for a couple of years. How one renovates a cave, lord only knows... did they put up wallpaper you think?

Seriously, I can bet they added more lighting, which is a saving grace for claustrophobics I can bet. You ride through on a line of trams, and there are large open areas, with wonderous, stalagmites,and stalactites. I thought it quite an interesting excursion, worth the visit...Thinking back on the large expanse, I don't think you will have an issue.
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Thanks, Trip! I feel better about booking that tour now .
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