St. John is really easy to get to on your own. You can take a ferry from Red Hook or Charolette Amalie (they run from Red Hook on the hour), then catch a cab to Trunk Bay. The ferry is $6/pp, the cab is around $5/pp, and entrance is $4/pp (I believe). Then you can come and go as you please, as long as you make sure you have enough time to get back to the ship. Don't forget to allow time for traffic.
Thanks for the reply Re Trunk Bay...we are also going to Puerto Rica arriving at 5:00pm , Antigua, Nassau and Tortola...I was told the Baths were not to be missed! Any ideas on the others not to be missed activities...8 and 10 year old in tow. Also...husband would LOVE to do some fishing which is NOT offered on any of the cruise ship excursions. Any ideas there? Best place for that? Thanks for being patient with all of these questions...first time at these particular ports.
We didn't do the Baths when we were in Tortola. Both times we took a sail/snorkel trip through Princess. We snorkeled over by Norman's Island and the snorkeling was fantastic. We did do a tour of Tortola, just hired a cab outside of the dock area. He took us to a restaurant that over looked where the Caribbean and Atlantic met. It was beautiful, it actually looked like someone drew a line in the water. Then he took us to a local beach on the northwest corner of the island. He showed us where Jimmy Buffet wrote Cheeseburger in Paradise. There were locals selling beer on the beach for $1/ea. I found a nice little bar on the beach and had a rum punch-yum! We're going back there this year, but we'll probably go snorkeling again-my favorite thing to do in the Caribbean. The snorkeling at Trunk Bay is awesome as well, the water is so clear, calm and warm! In Nassau, I'd visit the Atlantis on Paradise Island. The cab fare is very reasonable. Afterwards, there is a public beach next door that is really nice. There's also the Queen's Staircase and the straw market that are interesting. We've only been to Antigua once. We did a sail/snorkel trip. The snorkeling was not good because of all the jelly fish in the water. They did take us to a nice beach without jelly fish for about an hour. I wanted to tour the island a little more, but my hubby had one too many rum punches on the catamaran (probably more than one too many). There is another post from Scott Taylor, they went to Pineapple Beach (I believe that is the name) and really enjoyed it. I think I saw some fishing boats in Antigua, and I think you can do fishing in St. Thomas. But honestly, he'll kick himself for not going to Trunk Bay--it's awesome. I've never done deep sea fishing when we're there, but maybe if you google it you can find some vendors. Hope this helps some.
I am also going to the same ports as you..Will be on Carnival Liberty for East Caribbean during Aug...penny3333 gave very good suggestions..I also did some reaserch on this forum to see what I should be doing at those ports..I like to get some opinions from every one if possible...
1. San Juan: Stopping from 5:00pm to 12:00am..maybe just walk around old San Juan..doing Barcadi Rum factory at night may not be good.
2. St Thomas/St John: Definent going Trunk Bay on my own ( a lot of good advice from the forum)
3. Antigua: Go to Pinapple Beach Resort.. it seemed to be a pretty good deal $45/pp for every thing..
4. Tortola: Hessitate to do the BATH since just stopping from 7:00am to 3:30pm..maybe follow penny3333 to hire a cab for island tour.
5. Nassau: Stopping from 1:00pm to 8:00pm...Would just go to Atlantis ...
Yes, the Pinapple Beach Resort was pretty nice. Here's a link to the page we made with some pics below. Remember to bring your towels from the ship or you'll have to leave a deposit for the hotel towels. $45/pp was a good deal for an all inclusive day pass. I think they lost money on us with the drinks! Pinapple Pics