finally made it to the Boatyard

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#1
NJ
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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.
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Highland Mills, NY
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I do. That is why I am not going there!
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#3
Baltimore, Md., U.S.A.
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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.
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NJ
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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.
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#5
Barbados
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Joined May 2007
Originally posted by barante
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/cnc...ips/Accra.html
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#6
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Originally posted by aplmac
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/cnc...ips/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
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Highland Mills, NY
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Joined Aug 2006
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.
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#8
Barbados
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Originally posted by janiceah
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....
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#10
SEA, WA
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Joined Nov 2007
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.
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#11
Boston
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Joined Mar 2001
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!"
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Sacramento, CA
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Joined Aug 2007
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.
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#13
New York
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Joined Dec 2007
3dlinder

Thanks for the heads up about regarding Lobster Alive. We are headed down in May.
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#14
California
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Joined Dec 2004
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?
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#15
Barbados
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Joined May 2007
Originally posted by mollydogsmom
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!
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#17
Barbados
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Originally posted by brandy2527
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!

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here are a few pics to get you going..
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#18
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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!
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#19
Edinburgh, Scotland
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Originally posted by brandy2527
Does Lobster Alive have water activities like the boat yard? esp. jet skiing?
No, but same beach, sea, sun etc. etc.