We are taking 7 night southern caribbean criuse in june from San Juan to St Thomas,St Maarten,Antigue,St Lucia,Barbados what are some memorable things to do or beaches to see? Are the ship excursions the best way to go or should we take a taxi to the beach? We want to see all we can and don't want to miss anything important. Got any suggestions? We may never see these islands again.Thanks Carrie
When you are in St. Thomas if you are into snorkeling and beautiful beaches, I'd suggest taking a taxi over to Red Hook Ferry, then over to St. Johns, Trunk Bay.
Great beach and beautiful islands with good snorkeling. Its very easy to do on your own as well, just be sure to save some time for shopping in St. Thomas.
When we went to St. Maarten, we took a taxi to Orient Beach, lots of water activities, enjoy another beach day there.
In San Juan, you can walk around Old San Juan and shop, visit the forts, all close to the pier. Although there are 2 different ports the lines use in San Juan, one is right in Old San Juan the other requires a taxi to get in that part of town. What ship are you cruiseing on?
If you have your heart on a big shopping day at St. Thomas, take a taxi to Maegen's Bay in the morning then return to downtown in the early afternoon for shopping. Same is true in St. Martin, enjoy Orient in the morning and leave some time for shopping for the afternoon. Antigua has 356 beaches, so hop a taxi and pick a few. In Barbados, my favorite tour was Harrison's Caves. At St. Lucia we took the all day Land & Sea tour which included the Volcano, Diamond Springs gardens, a beautiful luncheon then onto Soufrier to see the Pitons from the sea an some refreshing swimming in a bay. It was probably one of our best tours ever. Well worth the money.
In Barbados we went on the Malibu Rum Distillery tour and it was very nice. They have a private beach for you to use for the duration of your stay. On site they have a little grill and of course a bar. Some packages are open bar the whole time, while others are just one drink. While in Barbados we also went on the Jolly Roger Pirate cruise. That is a true party the whole time. The very strong rum punch is included in the price so if you don't like intoxicated people around you don't go.
In St. Martin we went on the Golden Eagle Catamaran and loved it. The crew was very nice. Don't go on this if you get seasick easily because it is very bumpy if it is at all windy. They sail fast on the way to the private beach, stay at the beach for a while (one of the crew leads a snorkel trip around a point to a coral reef), and then it is a leisurly sail back to the dock.
Been to St. Thomas many times and love it. Good things to do include Coral World/Coki Beach if you like marine life and snorkeling. Shopping downtown, cheaper then at the Havensight Mall when the ships dock. St. John's is awesome too, but I have a fear of getting left behind and don't really want to leave the island the boat is docked at unless I am on an organized shore excursion. The island tour is beautiful and reasonable. Pretty much can't go wrong.