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Old 01-27-2013, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thoughts on the "Saints" in the Southern Caribbean?

Hi there. We will very soon be cruising through the southern Caribbean and I'd be happy to hear any thoughts/advice you have about the Sts..St Thomas, St Kitts, St Maarten, St Lucia, and we are also going to Barbados.
We are on the Carnival Valor and we've picked a Segway tour of old San Juan before we embark and have narrowed down to a likely catamaran with sea turtles in Barbados and a speed boat/snorkle trip in St Marten but we will have free time at every island and are planning to just "wing it" and explore. We have 10 in our group with ages ranging from 11 to 72.
Please share your favourite spots, tours, beaches and also any that you might suggest we skip and WHY if you can. I have found over the years that I get much better advice from the people who have been somewhere than I do from a guidebook. (exception being the passporter, but there isn't one for everywhere else in the world!)
Thanks for your thoughts; wish I could send you a penny, but thanks will have to do!
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I just wanted to say that we did the Segway tour of old San Juan as part of our Disney cruise and if it's the same one we did, we absolutely loved it. I can't help on any of your stops though, as we haven't been to any of them.
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Make sure you visit Maho Beach in St Martin to see the planes landing right over your head. FYI - Orient Beach in St Martin is a nude beach. I'm cruising this September and was hoping to go in that area (southern Car., not the nude beach LOL!), but no go. Hopefully next time!
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YES, the beach by the airport on St. Martin is on our MUST DO list for our cruise in May So cool!
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I don't know how much time you have in St. Kitts, but the island of Nevis is a short ferry ride away and I can't say enough good things about Nevis. I won a trip there from work 10 years ago and I've been dying to get back there. It's so peaceful and beautiful.

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Thank you for the tips!; I forgot I posted the question and I was so happy to find it and to find such good answers!
I am going to check our excursion details and see if we go to Maho beach in St Martin - I know we stop at a couple. I'll tell the gang about Nevis too - that might be doable.
Getting close now, I can't wait! I will try to do a TR about it in the globetrotting forum when we get back and share what I have learned
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I'm looking at booking a cruise in either Eastern or Southern Caribbean so I would look forward to reading your TR !
I notice you are also from Ontario can you tell me about flying into San Juan. Airline, direct or not etc .
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Yes, part of our group is coming from Ottawa, actually...we are flying out of Montreal after watching flights from Syracuse, Ottawa, Toronto too. Had a bit of sticker shock when I saw how expensive it was to fly there versus to Florida so we watched for months and were able to grab the flights when they came up. We are on American Airlines with one stop at JFK in New York both there and back.
Usually to Florida, we have found the best prices are from Syracuse on JetBlue but not this time. We have booked a night at the Embassey Suites with a complementary park and fly which costs about the same as airport parking would but has the bonus of free breakfast and extends our holidays by one more night
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We've flown JetBlue to WDW a few times as well. I often see cruises where I like the ports but they often start from San Juan. A quick look and I didn't find much from Ottawa or Toronto at the times I was looking at.
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We loved spending the day at Magen's Bay when we were in St. Thomas. It was a great relaxing place. Free, too!!
On the way to the beach, there is a great little shack that sells alcoholic shakes! They can make them without the booze, too. It's called Udder Delight. We stopped on our way back to our resort, and the kids slept like angels all night! (we didn't realize there was booze in the shakes until after we'd gotten them)
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We loved spending the day at Magen's Bay when we were in St. Thomas. It was a great relaxing place. Free, too!!
On the way to the beach, there is a great little shack that sells alcoholic shakes! They can make them without the booze, too. It's called Udder Delight. We stopped on our way back to our resort, and the kids slept like angels all night! (we didn't realize there was booze in the shakes until after we'd gotten them)
I love that! Ya sure, you "didn't know"! I am a mom too....I get it
Thanks for the tip - most of us are old enough to endulge, so that sounds like a fun little pit stop!
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