As you can see from my ticker, we'll be heading for the Caribbean in about three weeks on the Carnival Valor.
First stop - Nassau.. then to St. John and then on to St. Maarten..
We aren't really into the shore excursion type stuff but just like to get out and walk around..go to a few casinos, the beach, and especially lively, local casual bars and tiki-hut types of places.
I know most of you have some very interesting experiences that you can tell me about, right??, since you're all experienced cruisers..such as the $1 beers at Orient Beach and the best bars the locals go to for a sunset and a pina colada..!
Thought so..OK..?? Where can we have some fun off the beaten track in those three ports-'o-call..??
Well, you are only in Nassau from 7 AM - 2 PM - not much time to really head off on the unbeaten path at that port (I could give you some suggestions for late night stops - but not too much is happening in the morning).
If you choose to go to St. John for the day, for a little bit of local color and to hang out with the "yacht and boaters" crowd - have a burger and drinks at Skinny Legs on Coral Bay. Again one of my favorite stops in STT is Duffy's Love Shack - but it is only worth a stop in the evening.
Sunsets from Morningstar beach are pretty nice and it is not too far from port (they also have a nice beach bar there).
Nancy..?..that's great info and thanks for that..So..what about the casino at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau..?? Can we walk to it from where the ship ties up..??
Was also wondering about stuff to do in STT..Where are the jewelry stores ??
St. Maarten seems to be a cool place but I've heard that Orient beach isn't what it's 'cracked' up to be so what's the skinny there?? Shopping and drinking and what about the casinos? Are any within walking distance or does one need to take a cab..??
Tarponman...I am a virgin cruiser but i can tell you that i learned alot about nassau and the places to go on the other forum about the specific destinations...check it out there and see if you can't find more information.
I donít know much about cruising but thanks to this site, I learn about Frommerís series,
These two books help me a lot:
ē Frommerís Caribbean 2007
ē Frommerís Caribbean ports
The last one has all the info you should know before your cruise.
I mean for all I know their explanations of the ports and fun places at the Islands are amazing. Also they explain it in the way it should be; what you want to know and how to get it.
The last one even compare the different cruise lines (In a general way) and their services in order for you to make it easy to book your next Caribbean cruise. I think that the Frommerís series even has one book that is only dedicate to Cruising but at the moment I donít remember the name.
Maybe some of you have tried but I didnít know they even existed. You can get them at a very low price via internet.