Any excursions in eastern caribbean that don t involve ocean??
Going to Tortola,Grand Turk,St.Maartin,SanJuan,,,,and really not INTO ocean sports,,since I live in FL...and beach nearby....can snorkel and scuba here,,so want other ideas???Anyone just take island tour and shop,,visit attractions,,etc...??Looked at guidebook,,but not much listed...ex.ocean stuff....I know,,,why go...but love scenery,cruising,and getting away....
Last edited by alexandra cruiser; 05-02-2011 at 02:03 PM.
Reason: Eastern,,not westerncaribean
There is definitely sightseeing and shopping at those islands. Some are ON the water, as opposed to IN the water, if you're into boats of different kinds. I did a glass bottom boat on Tortola that anchored in a beautiful cove for an hour. Scenery alone was worth it. Also did kayaking in Grand Turk, in among a mangrove forest. St. Maarten has lots of shopping. San Juan's sightseeing includes El Morro fort, among other things.
Your cruise line probably has excursions online that include touring and other non-water sports. Or were you looking to do things on your own?
San Juan is wonderful to explore on foot. As Sandy mentioned, there are incredible forts, including El Morro and San Cristobal. A stroll down the promenade (Paseo la Princera) is lovely. Old San Juan is part of the U.S. National Park Service (designated a National Historic Site), and you can find more information here: San Juan National Historic Site - Places To Go (U.S. National Park Service). I've been to San Juan several times and have gone to the beach only once.
From what I've heard, there is a bar next to the beach in St. Maarten where you can watch planes land right over the beach, as the final approach to the airport in St. Maarten takes planes right over the beach, or maybe, depending on the traffic pattern, taking off right over the beach. I'm looking into doing an Eastern Caribbean cruise for my next cruise, and want to do St. Maarten for this experience.
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Thanks for hints,,,will look into them...yes,,,Regent offers "free" excursions,,but some not for me....the kayak sounds like fun,,,and glass bottom boat....have to book these 180 days in advance,,or "waitlisted"....so may just go on own....thanks,,,any others???
St Maartin is an easy place to rent a car. It's fairly inexpensive, they drive on the right and the rental agencies are right on the pier. There are many great reataurants and a butterfly farm on the French side. Just try to avoid the area right downtown in Phillipsburg, and watch out for farm animals in the road. Think 'Sunday drive' not commute.
The rain forest in San Juan is supposed to be spectacular, but I haven't made it there yet. Seem ever time I get there we don't dock until late afternoon.
Yes,we dock in Phillipsburg,,,so car rental and sunday drive good option,,,esp.since they drive on right side....
But will pass on rainforest,,,live right in front of one,,,so to speak...down here in FL>..great to wander,,,but we have lots of critters,,,to avoid....may try the forts,,,,went to San Juan once many yrs.ago,,,,but just took town tour,,etc....this time there for 6 hrs...thanks for hints....not going till Dec..but ,,as I said,,have to book some exc.in June....a little early,I know....
If you're in San Juan at night, the Bioluminescent tour is great. There is the Bacardi factory, the botanical gardens, the forts, and casinos. St. Maarten, Maho Beach is where the planes land practically on top of you. There is also great shopping there. Tortola is a nice island to just get a cab and have them give you an island tour. We negotiated with a driver for $30 and he took us to some great areas. There was a restaurant on top of the mountain where you could see the Atlantic and Caribbean meet. It was breath-taking, it actually looked like a line on a map. Grand Turk is a clean island, but was heavily damaged by the hurricane. Don't know how much site seeing there would be there. You could do a segway tour there, that would be a hoot. Oh, we also did the yacht racing in St. Maarten, that was so much fun. A bunch of tourists manning a racing yacht. Hope this helps some.