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Old March 10th, 2011, 12:08 PM
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Default Advice on Eastern Carib. ports / excursions?

We're on the Oasis & going to hit Nassau, St. Maarten, St. Thomas.
Never been. Don't like to book excursions. Just plan on getting off boat & "wandering around". Can you do that in each of these ports?
Do you need transportation / taxis?

Any advice from thoise that have been, for what to do / see, or
NOT do / see in each of these ports?
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Old March 10th, 2011, 12:27 PM
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Well, if just getting off and wandering around is your thing, those ports should be no problem. But you are missing a lot in each port.

Nassau used to have a big flea market right at the dock. Not sure if it is there or not. If you are good walkers you can walk to the "Queen's Staircase" which is pretty nice.

St. Maarten has two sides. As I recall you should have no trouble walking around the side where the ships dock, but the other side of the mountain is the best place for just wandering. I would imagine there will be vans at the dock offering transportation over there and back.

St. Thomas, of course, is the place they would like you to spend the entire day without leaving the shopping area. If your ship docks at Havensight, there is a mall immediately as you walk off the ship! You can also take the cable car to the top of the mountain where there is ... a bar and a gift shop!

Now, frankly, I would suggest ship's or independent excursions on all those islands. There are lots of beautiful things to see on each one. But if just wandering is your thing, you should do fine.

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We were nearly mugged in St.Thomas and friends of ours were robbed there .
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You can always take the water taxi in Nassau over to Paradise Island and visit Atlantis, puchase a tour of the dig/aquarium, really something to see.
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Walking off the ship in each portand getting a tour is easy,and seeing it ths way, you get the lay of the land, picture opportunities,and a running monologue about what you are seeing.... well worth the money...

In St Maarten you can do the Americas Cup excursion, go to the Butterfly Farm, just beach it...or shop...if you smoke cigarettes are cheap here, or, at least they used to be..

St T...you can go up to Bluebeards Castle, take the ferry over to St John, shop again, or take the tram up the mountain.

In Nassau, take a taxi or water raxi over to the Atlantis, the Aquarium, and the Dig, are wonderful..the Straw Market is still there,and there is a terminal you walk through with local crafts sold.

Henry, I think you should expand on your St Thomas situation, so we can understand what happened.
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yes, henry - i'd be interested in more details ...
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Yea Henry,
We want to know how you were nearly mugged in Nassau, where you were, etc....???
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I was not thrilled with Nassau, seemed very expensive to get anywhere, expecially with multiple kids. We went to Atlantis and walked through it to see the aquarium, then we went to a beach down the street. I have heard people sayd that you can walk to Cable Beach (about a mile). The braiders and jewelry sellers were very persistent.

Never been to St. Maarten, but I hear it is lovely.

I have been to St Thomas both on a cruise and for a week. I didn't feel threatened, but tourists should not walk around at night.

Coki Beach is a great beach to go to, you can snorkel right off the beach - we kept going back there! There is food and drink stands on the beach.
You can search on the internet for St Thomas tours, and there are many reputable tour companies you can sign up with. Godfrey's is one of them. They have ones just to beaches, ones that do a beach and shopping. Transportation costs about $19 per person round-trip, Coki Beach is about a 20-min ride each way.

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