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trish1c
January 24th, 2008, 02:25 PM
It was OK. The music is LOUD. I felt like I was on an MTV Spring Break set -- lots of noise, busy bar scene, dumb drinking games.

For $15 pp you got a lounge chair, a "free" drink, use of their facilities & a ride back to the ship. It wasn't the worst day at the beach but we had rainy weather so it wasn't the best either.

Understand what you are getting into if you go.

SmokinActuary
January 25th, 2008, 09:07 AM
I do. That is why I am not going there! :)

barante
January 25th, 2008, 09:57 PM
Two years ago we went to Boatyard and had a nice time. Last year we went to Brighton Beach instead. It's a long deserted beach that has bathroom and changing facilities, chair rental and a restaurant. We enjoyed it.
This March we will go to Accra Beach. I expect it to be somewhere in between, with more local flavor.

trish1c
February 5th, 2008, 02:02 PM
It wasn't bad, it was just loud. I think I would have had more fun if it didn't rain but that certainly wasn't their fault.

Aplmac
February 5th, 2008, 04:08 PM
Two years ago we went to Boatyard and had a nice time.
Last year we went to Brighton Beach instead.
It's a long deserted beach that has bathroom and changing facilities,
chair rental and a restaurant. We enjoyed it.

This March we will go to Accra Beach.
I expect it to be somewhere in between, with more local flavor.
If Boatyard is 'too much'
use the big long beach to get away from the crazy atmosphere
- or lack thereof!

Brighton is laid back,alright.. perhaps too quiet.

You'll like Accra. Us locals sure do!
and I don't think anyone (local or visitor) ever said he disliked Accra.

It's not a popular beach for nuthin!

http://www.angelfire.com/wizard2/cncisland/bigships/Accra.html

janiceah
February 7th, 2008, 08:48 AM
If Boatyard is 'too much'
use the big long beach to get away from the crazy atmosphere
- or lack thereof!

Brighton is laid back,alright.. perhaps too quiet.

You'll like Accra. Us locals sure do!
and I don't think anyone (local or visitor) ever said he disliked Accra.

It's not a popular beach for nuthin!

http://www.angelfire.com/wizard2/cncisland/bigships/Accra.html
Accra Beach looks beautiful!! Is it pretty easy to get a taxi to get there? I've heard the taxi drivers by the pier sometimes aren't real thrilled to take you to places other than where they want to take you. Are there chair & umbrella rentals? Is it far from the port? Thanks so much and love those pictures!!! Janice

SmokinActuary
February 7th, 2008, 11:18 AM
I am planning on taking the bus to Accra and most likely cabbing it back.

I do not want to deal with the aggressive cabbies at the port.

Aplmac
February 7th, 2008, 07:53 PM
Accra Beach looks beautiful!! ===> It'll do..:)
Is it pretty easy to get a taxi to get there? ===> Yes.
I've heard the taxi drivers by the pier sometimes aren't real thrilled to take you to places other than where they want to take you. ===> and who's in charge? You with the money? or him?
Are there chair & umbrella rentals? ===> yes.
Is it far from the port? ===> 15 mins.
Keep walking past the first taxi guys you'll come to.

Get out,past the Port's Gatehouse
(you'll see Policeman and Customs guy at the gatehouse)
The regular taxi guys outside the gatehouse are far more tractable
and will take you to Accra/Rockley, on the South Coast.

Tell them you wanna go to the public part of Accra Beach NOT the hotel
unless you like the hotel sorta thing,in which case....

Karysa
February 7th, 2008, 08:46 PM
Are there Lifeguards at the Boatyard?
Karysa

One Eye Open
February 7th, 2008, 09:37 PM
Boatyard turned me off, went to Lobster Alive next door. 2 lounge chairs, 1 umbrella, 3 free drinks (1 for each rental) for a whopping total of $15. Easy walk from/to the cruise terminal. Even grabbed a roti on the way back to the ship. No fuss, no raised eyebrow.

3dlinder
February 20th, 2008, 09:45 AM
We asked our cab driver to bring us to the Boatyard.......he happened to bring up to the next "beach bar" which is "Lobster Alive" What a great thing!
Lobster ALive is right next door to the Boatyard......$15 gets you 2 beach chairs with umbrella, (as opposed to 1 at the boatyard!) and 2 drink tickets. The drinks are the same everywhere....soda, bottle of water or a rum punch.
The young man at Lobster Alive was wonderful.......we sat for almost 2 hrs before he even asked us for any money....set us up about 25 feet from the water, and even told to stay away from a certain vendor who was around....said he was "dirty"....we could hear the music from the Boatyard...and yes, it was LOUD! Our friends went over to the Boatyard to see what they offered for lunch, and were turned away because they had lobster alive bracelets on!! Sharon said "we want lunch, we are going to spend money.....and they said "get out!!" Lobster Alive set out a very nice lunch menu,had a little band playing, cloth placemats and napkins...very nice for a "beach bar"though and our friends said it was wonderful......it rained.....in the heat..it felt really good, and stopped in about 10 minutes! When we were ready to go the young man that got us our seats got us a cab to get back to the ship, there were quite a few parked on the street,.....wonderful day!
I would recommend "Lobster ALive!"

mollydogsmom
February 20th, 2008, 02:21 PM
Hi Linda...I'm following you on the boards....

We were with 3Dlinder at Lobster Alive and had a great time. I just wish I would have tried the food! Their rum punch was pretty good. I stayed in the water alot that day. Clear blue water and white sand...nothing better. We were on Barbados on Sunday when EVERYTHING but the beaches close. I would have done the beaches anyway though.

BDSou812
February 20th, 2008, 04:08 PM
3dlinder

Thanks for the heads up about regarding Lobster Alive. We are headed down in May.

2112
February 27th, 2008, 05:54 PM
I keep hearing about the loud music at the Boatyard, but I have yet to hear what KIND or music it is. Rock? Hip Hop? Reggae? Techno?

Aplmac
February 27th, 2008, 07:27 PM
We were with 3Dlinder at Lobster Alive and had a great time.
I just wish I would have tried the food! Their rum punch was pretty good.
I stayed in the water a lot that day. Clear blue water and white sand...nothing better.
I've bin tellin y'all about this Lobster Alive place for some time now
and it's nice to see the word finally getting out!

Yes Virginia, there is a pleasant alternative to Boatyard,
- on the same beach ..same biiig umbrellas, better seafood
and of course LIVE Lobster in a huge salt-water tank
if only to look at and admire!

brandy2527
February 27th, 2008, 08:30 PM
Does Lobster Alive have water activities like the boat yard? esp. jet skiing?

Aplmac
February 28th, 2008, 09:41 AM
Does Lobster Alive have water activities like the boat yard? esp. jet skiing?There are watersports guys cruising the coastline, up and down
they'll pass by looking for you as much as you're lookin for them!

Watersports offers will be there.

Jet-ski guys particularly ...cruise the coastline looking for YOU.
Just give them a big wave and they'll be right over!
You can't avoid them! :D

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here are a few pics to get you going..

telli01
February 28th, 2008, 10:08 AM
What about snorkeling? Are there small boats that can take you out for snorkeling? We won't have time for the whole day snorkel trip; we'd just like to go out for a few hours. Thanks! We'll be there next Wednesday!

hamrag
February 28th, 2008, 10:47 AM
Does Lobster Alive have water activities like the boat yard? esp. jet skiing?

No, but same beach, sea, sun etc. etc.

Goofy62798
April 11th, 2008, 01:19 PM
How much does it cost to rent jet skis at Carlisle Bay/Boatyard/Lobster Alive?

cavy68
April 13th, 2008, 09:13 PM
boat yard music is for the most part-hip hop. volume is high at bar but ok at waters edge and in water. my 14 & 17 year old daughters loved it! the wife and i are 40 and i prefer rock it was fine. i took a long walk on the beach and that was great! lobsters alive prices seemed a little steep for the island but hey thats me!

Aplmac
April 14th, 2008, 06:51 AM
i took a long walk on the beach and that was great!
Lobster Alive prices seemed a little steep for the island but hey thats me!Those menu prices are quoted in Barbados Dollars
the value of which is half that of the American Dollar.

Example: if the menu said $30 - that's $15 in "Real Money" ;)

drogerm
April 21st, 2008, 02:36 PM
Sounds like going to Margaritaville!!

Aplmac
April 21st, 2008, 03:44 PM
Sounds like going to Margaritaville!!
Never bin to Margaritaville, but I'm assuming it looks something like this..?

Arty runs Lobster Alive in an informal kinda way...he's Australian -need I say more?

drogerm
April 23rd, 2008, 07:34 AM
Never bin to Margaritaville, but I'm assuming it looks something like this..?

Arty runs Lobster Alive in an informal kinda way...he's Australian -need I say more?

I was actually referring to the Boatyard with the drinking games and loud music.

waterbugohio
April 24th, 2008, 11:31 AM
I would also like to know the price for jet ski rental if anyone knows?? What other water sports are available.

drogerm
May 26th, 2008, 08:51 AM
I would also like to know the price for jet ski rental if anyone knows?? What other water sports are available.

From their website it looks like they have a rope swing, rock wall, scuba, kayaks, glass bottom boats, and snorkeling. It doesn't give prices, though.

http://www.theboatyard.com/pview.html?p=adventurebeach

OCruisers
May 26th, 2008, 09:03 PM
The "rope swing" and "rock climbing things" are at no additional cost ... part of your admission fee. Also, note that Boatyard will return you to the ship at n/c.

There are snorkel tours offered ... just not sure how much the cost is now.

If you enjoy being at an active FUN beach/beach bar, you'll LOVE Boatyard! :cool:

Flip2cruise
May 31st, 2008, 08:15 AM
What about snorkeling? Are there small boats that can take you out for snorkeling? We won't have time for the whole day snorkel trip; we'd just like to go out for a few hours. Thanks! We'll be there next Wednesday!

Since this was posted back in Feb, it obviously, wont help you...but it might help someone going in the future. :)

When I was at Lobster Alive! last year we booked a snorkel tour for $25pp, it lasted about 2 hours and we saw 2 shipwrecks. Always feel free to negotiate a better price that what they first offer. There was a guy walking up and down the beach looking to fill a boat. It was just he 4 of us, so it was really nice.

You can find pics in the Destiny link below.

WTXCRUISER
June 3rd, 2008, 05:25 PM
I would like to thank all of the posters on this thread. I was in Barbados a week ago, May 27, and went to the boatyard. We traveled there by taxi for $3.00USD per person. We entered thru Lobster Alive and enjoyed our time on the beach. We were set up with chairs and an umbrella.

For those wondering, the vendors walk the beach and will offer you snorkel tours, jet ski, etc. We went jet skiing while there for $40 USD.

sdchic
June 5th, 2008, 03:23 PM
Thank you for the info! Its about personal preference I think. I am going to the boatyard in 3 weeks because I like all the water sports there and espcially want to go on the water trampolines.

In comparison to most excursions, $15 pp is cheap!

~Lisa

Riverpointe
June 26th, 2008, 11:19 AM
I was at Boatyard in Jan 08. I think it was $45 for 1/2 jet ski rental.

floridalady
June 27th, 2008, 12:17 AM
So glad you said that-I was curious because I was told i could buy a day pass at the hotel.So at the public beach is there a place to rent chairs and buy drinks?
Thanks so much!Keep walking past the first taxi guys you'll come to.

Get out,past the Port's Gatehouse
(you'll see Policeman and Customs guy at the gatehouse)
The regular taxi guys outside the gatehouse are far more tractable
and will take you to Accra/Rockley, on the South Coast.

Tell them you wanna go to the public part of Accra Beach NOT the hotel
unless you like the hotel sorta thing,in which case....

floridalady
June 27th, 2008, 12:18 AM
Can you tell me the restaurant at accra?
Those menu prices are quoted in Barbados Dollars
the value of which is half that of the American Dollar.

Example: if the menu said $30 - that's $15 in "Real Money" ;)

Aplmac
June 27th, 2008, 11:35 AM
Chefette, across the street - within easy reach!

suzski
July 15th, 2008, 02:49 PM
The "rope swing" and "rock climbing things" are at no additional cost ... part of your admission fee. Also, note that Boatyard will return you to the ship at n/c.

If you enjoy being at an active FUN beach/beach bar, you'll LOVE Boatyard! :cool:

We enjoyed our day at the Boatyard. Yes, the music was loud at the bar, but it carried down to the beach where is was at a great level for enjoying the day. An umbrella cost $2.00. The drinks were a bit steep ($24 US for a bucket of 6 beers - which was the same price if you bought the beers separately), $6 for most mixed drinks...but they did have the games which made it easy to win free drinks. The rope swing was a huge hit with our family, as were the water trampoline (there was only 1 when we were there last week) and the iceburg. We had flying fish sandwiches and some of their delicious rum punch as well. The free transportation back to the pier was no hassle and fast.