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  1. Magens is a beautiful, calm beach and one of the most hyped beaches in the Caribbean, like Trunk Bay on STJ. We just find it a little boring, but others consider it their favorite beach. We love to stop at Drake’s Seat to see Magens from above, and the view of the north shore from Mountain Top is gorgeous. We love Sapphire for its character with the different shades of blue and sapphire, nice island views, and great snorkeling . But we are biased toward Sapphire after staying there a couple times. 😊 I think a stop at Mountain Top for that view would be worthwhile, then if snorkeling isn’t a priority just head to Magens and back to CA. You could actually find almost anything at MT you would find in town, although you should spend a little time to see the streets in town and grab a lunch. You could see Sapphire next visit… But you can also taxi to Sapphire, and hire a taxi to take you from Sapphire back to town via Skyline Drive where you could stop at the overlook and Drake’s Seat before dropping into CA. Your driver may return for you and offer that option, or you can inquire at the port when you arrive…
  2. That itinerary (Mountain Top, Magens and CA) is the typical cookie cutter tour offered by the group tour operators, a little time at the store, the beach, and a drop off in town. i don’t know about a $25/pp taxi tour on STT, I know that is an option on STJ. Per the vinow dot com site, you can hire a taxi by the hour, or for a private tour. A 3 hour tour would give you time to see MT, and maybe spend a couple hours at Magens before getting dropped in town. Hourly Rates (1-4 passengers): Sedan/Mini Van $40; Van/Safari (14 passenger capacity) $55; Safari $80. Rates for additional passengers will be negotiated between the taxi operator and passengers. Sightseeing Tours: 2 hours – One passenger $50; two or more passengers $25 per person. 3 hours – One passenger $60; two or more passengers $30 per person. There is really no snorkeling at Magens because it is a mostly sandy bottom. The east end beaches (Coki, Sapphire, Secret Harbor) would be better choices for snorkeling. If a nice beach w/ snorkeling is something you want you could just taxi to Coki or Sapphire, then go into town,mand perhaps stop at Paradise Point if that is open… Where are you docked? Or what ship are you on?
  3. Yes I try and follow the releases from the individual cruise lines but it’s been like Whac - a Mole and I can see how it is frustrating…
  4. Couldn’t agree more Scott, we had the same experience on our one visit there. We find the same wonderful people and culture in the Riviera Maya, one of the main reasons we always returned and eventually built a home there…
  5. Current schedule - http://www.waterislandferry.com/ The STT forum on TripAdvisor is also a great resource if you need quick feedback from a resident…
  6. Their contact info was provided above, I would call or email for the latest info since COVID-19 has changed how businesses do business…
  7. The day pass was something more that included the use of a room for the day, many families enjoyed having a room to change and shower…
  8. Let me clarify…They rent lounge/umbrella rentals (and possibly rooms). You can use the public area of the beach and enjoy the restaurant and beach bar whether you are renting lounges, staying at the hotel, or just stopping in. Same as at Sapphire, except there is a restaurant at the Emerald, and they rent umbrellas…Of course Sapphire is incredibly beautiful while Lindbergh is nice…
  9. Yes you are so right about the distinction between getting back to the ship and just getting back to your nearby home. And you are definitely not a jerk, I hope I didn’t come off that way! 😄I We do love having a home in the Riviera Maya but we also enjoy cruising. We started our Caribbean discovery 20+ years ago by cruising and it is a great way to easily experience several Caribbean nations. We’ve only cruised 9 times though, mainly because we started returning to many of the destinations on land vacations and our favorite place here in Mexico. So as a result, we’ve not visited any cruise destination more than a few times and we still have more to see everywhere. But I can see doing this bar hop for fun, especially if you’ve already experienced the “real” island and people on prior visits. I know many who have been to a port multiple times choose to stay on the ship when returning and that makes sense too. But we’d be like you and want to at least do something! And yes c-leg5 we too have always enjoyed seeing the areas away from the busier areas and meeting the people and experiencing their culture. The wonderful people here and their culture are THE reason we chose to retire here. Enjoy your cruising, we hope to be doing the same soon! 🤗
  10. Best Western left and the property is now the Emerald Beach Resort. Last I knew they still offered day passes with lounges/umbrellas and use of the restrooms, restaurant and beach bar but not the pool. They also still offered the use of a room for the day for an additional fee. You can contact them here with any inquiries - Emerald Beach Resort 8070 Lindbergh Bay, St.Thomas, USVI 00802 T: (340) 777-8800 E: reservations@emeraldbeach.com
  11. Mile I should qualify my last post with a note you are correct in that the TripAdvisor USVI (and BVI) forums are not as busy as some other forums with cruise ports that are primarily geared toward land and water-based visitors , but still a good resource for questions like this one… And Bill is a great resource for anything STT!
  12. To the contrary Mike, I find great current feedback there from residents and land visitors alike. Many day visitors with upcoming cruises do use those forums for questions like this one and questions like yours. Bill is one of those who provide excellent feedback as an owner there and happened to see tamilyn’s question here so that was great 😊 Just sharing resources for those who may not be familiar with them…😄
  13. jjI can see bar hopping once or twice, especially if you can see some of the real sights…but looking forward to an 8th bar hop? We visit Coz from our home in the Riviera Maya and we have a couple favorite spots to have a drink while there. But I’m just curious, doesn’t that get old after awhile?
  14. But why post this cruise blog on the Playa forum Greg??? Or will that be on a Carnival forum?
  15. Yes even with the safety protocols in place the resorts we've stayed at this year have been making drinks in personal cups...
  16. I'm happy that the sargassum situation situation here has eased up for your upcoming trip, it's been pretty bad this season and continues to be an issue all along the Riviera Maya. If you want to monitor it this site is updated weekly. Most people do tip, those that do not may feel they should be treated special, or may just be from Europe but should know that tipping here is normal. The workers really do work so hard here and appreciate your tips The problem we see here (we live in the RM but have stayed at a couple nice resorts this year) are tourists who feel they do not need to follow the safety protocols and have little concern for workers safety. Many of these workers found a way to support their families while out of work for several months, and appreciate guests who follow the safety protocols. Enjoy your getaway and be safe!
  17. Yes that cat was damaged by Irma or Maria if memory serves, and the resort was also closed and reopened as another pre-covid... I would pose that question on the St Thomas forum on TripAdvisor, you will get better feedback there - https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g147404-i172-St_Thomas_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html
  18. blue_water

    Secret River

    No worries! It’s funny but some Cancun land visitors come to this cruise forum and may take advantage of that tour option!
  19. blue_water

    Secret River

    Yes that is RIO Secreto which is located south of Playa Del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula. This is an old thread where the OP was apparently docking ion Cozumel and had posted in this Cancun forum in error. That happens occasionally as some confuse Cancun with Cozumel...This Viator excursion includes transportation from Cancun but not from Cozumel.
  20. Yes with all due respect those you mentioned are the more "touristy" options. Since you've been many times you could just enjoy seeing different parts of the island on your own by renting a car (recommend ISIS Rentadora). 20+ years ago our favorite beach was Playa Palancar, but with the huge uptick in cruise ships even that has been overrun. With fewer ships it should be much more quiet now though... I would also suggest getting ideas from residents and frequent visitors on the TripAdvisor Coz forum and other non-cruise forums on out of the way places to stop. Not a lot of area unfortunately, and you may want to consider taking an excursion to RIO Secreto or another afrea on the Yucatan for something really different...
  21. Yes pharmacies are open even during Red status...There have been reports of closures at the pier which makes sense with no/few cruises...
  22. No because you are outdoors. But the operator can enforce safety regs depending on certain circumstances (huddled under cover during a storm, for ex). But you need to contact the operator to get a useful answer...We've been this year and no masks were required, but again contact the daysail operator...
  23. Yes Lindbergh is very convenient. I just read my post and apparently I deleted some of it 🤔. I meant to say both Lindqvist and Sapphire are gorgeous, but Lindqvist is arguably the nicest beach on the island... There - that makes more sense! 😁
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