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We will be traveling with a 3 and 6 year old so I know that severely limits what activities we can do. 


Is there anything to do that would be ok for the three year old? 


If not is there shopping and restaurants walking distance from the port just so we can walk and see a bit of the area? 

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There is a beach close by the port. About a 15 min. walk or a very inexpensive ferry ride. When you get there you can rent

beach chairs, umbrellas, etc... (make sure you negotiate the price). It is a very clean beach and there are plenty of restaurants

in which you can order food and have it right on the beach.


We last did this in December 2018 with our 3 year old  grand niece and we will be going back again in December 2019

to do the same thing (she loves the water, we just bring some very cheap, small beach toys with us and she has loads of fun).


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When you dock, you go into the port shopping area, and turn to the left to catch the water taxi. It's about $5-$7dollars for a round trip ticket, unless they went up after the storm recovery. You can see the beach from the pier, but it's too far to walk and the water taxi is cheaper than a regular cab---and probably more fun for the kids. Although you won't see much of the area by using the water taxi, it takes you straight to the Front St Beach. There are a lot of open air restaurants, ice cream vendors, and such along the beach, and the water taxi dock has a bathroom, if you don't go to a restaurant. Some of the restaurants don't take cards, and they will have the prices displayed on menu boards that are not US currency prices. Make sure you find out the actual cost before ordering so you won't be surprised. I think the last time I was there, it was about half of the displayed price. If you use a card, they may charge a service fee. 


There are some of your usual crowded touristy stores along the beach, as well as some nicer ones. Be sure to walk from the beach between some of the sections of buildings and to the inside street, where the nicer stores are, to see all the different kinds of merchandise for sale. There are still some touristy stores there, but also a lot of jewelry stores. I've read about people getting ripped off when buying expensive purchases or alcohol, so check the port shops first if you have something special in mind. Traffic is usually bumper to bumper on the street, so make sure to keep the kids either in a stroller or carrying them, so they won't step off the sidewalk. 


Here's a little map showing where the port is and the beach. 


If you want to go to Maho Beach and watch the planes come it, it's about a 15 minute taxi ride. The beach is crowded if you get there too late, and if you get there too early, there aren't many big planes that come in. It's a very small beach and the water is rougher, to me. At Front St, there are lots of tiny shells that the kids would probably enjoy finding. Maho Beach may be too loud and scary for the little ones too. There are plenty of videos on You Tube of it. 




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