Which western Caribbean excursions do you recommend for a 3 yr old and 18 mo old?
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We will be on royal caribbean's Freedom of the Seas in the Western Caribbean. While we will take advantage of the nursery and adventure ocean program we'd love to take the kids with us to some of the ports. They love their dbl stroller so that is a plus. Are there any beach excursions or tours you recommend for us to have our kids tag along? they will be 3 yrs old and 18 months old? Keeping in mind at the beach that there is a shady place to let them hang out in when they need breaks from the sun? Our ports of call is Labadee, Haiti (private island) ;grand cayman; foulmouth, Jamaica ; and Cozumel, Mexico.I'm sure you will get some answers here but also check out the ports of call board. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=587
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GC is easy to get to the beaches via bus...Cheaper than a cab....all of 7-mile beach is public, with restrooms/food/ chair-umbrella rentals, etc....that's a great place to DIY.
Falmouth is a man-made port with nothing really close...you will need to book something there, if you decide to do more than walk through the shops at the dock.
Can't help with Cozumel.....not a fan of Mexico!
Would you suggest walking ourselves to the beach in Labadee or taking the shuttle I keep reading about?
Grand Cayman has the turtle farm which may interest your children along with beach options. There will be info on this also on Ports of call.
Never been to Falmouth, but if I ever took another cruise that went to Jamaica, I would NOT get off the ship again here
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The 3 year old will like the small water park. They also have an area by it that is run by the kid's club, so he could stay there for a while. There's plenty of shady spots on that stop.
At Falmouth, if you search the ports boards, you will see various beaches that you can take a bus or van to and spend the day. Go with ones recommended. I wouldn't do anything else in Jamaica with small kids, like shopping, etc. There are some shops right in the terminal that don't have the high-pressure salesman ship.
On Coz, we went to Paradise Beach with young kids and they had a nice time. You can take a taxi there.
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In Falmouth, we did Chukka Beach Break. The ride there was short, it was ship sponsored and the beach was great. Drawbacks were concern about the safety of my personal belongings on the beach and a very small number of vendors. Overall, we may do this again since there are so few simple beach day options in Falmouth.
At that time our dd wasn't potty trained and couldn't go in the ship pools so we loved getting off the ship and going to the beach. Get a few pails and shovels and have at it!
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On Labadee, we were able to get a clam shell and that provided a lot of shade right in front of the water. We also got floating mats here.
You will have a great time!!
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