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Traveling with my husband + 11 yr old + 14 yr old.

 

Going to San Juan, Labadee, St. Thomas and St. Maarten

 

This is for frequent cruisers who have done many things at each of these islands.

 

My question is this:

 

I would like to do the following, and I'm wondering which location will be best for what.  Meaning, I don't want to choose to snorkel in St. Thomas if one of the others are better for that.  

 

1) One just hang at the beach day (minimal expense/ crystal clear waters/ not tooooo busy)

2) One snorkeling experience  (our 11 year old is tentative, so ideally a tour that isn't in choppy waters)

3) One really fun thing, like the Amazing Race adventure

4) Possibly one private tour guide to spend a full day touring the island and hanging places that we are excited about.

 

What port would you plan to do what at?

 

Any advice is appreciated.

 

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1) Beach day with no crowds -

Friar’s Bay/Happy Bay, SXM. Gorgeous, uncrowded beach. There is a cost for the taxi there but other closer beaches are very crowded. Enjoy an amazing lunch at the French beach club and get two lounges/umbrella for $10US.

If you need only restrooms and no other amenities I would consider Smith Bay Park (Lindqvist Beach), STT. But #2 below changes that...

 

2) Snorkeling -

STT for sure, best beach depends on your date and port times. Would look at Secret Harbor for calm water with snorkeling, reserve lounges /umbrella ahead 

https://www.aadivers.com/

For better snorkeling and calm water most days Sapphire Bach is gorgeous. So you could enjoy a less busy beach AND snorkel at Sapphire and enjoy the nice island views. On busier days you can choose a spot on the beach away from the busier beach bar area.

 

3)  Not really in the Amazing Race category, but we’ve enjoyed a daysail on the Golden Eagle cat in SXM twice, one a full-day while staying on the island. great day with a stop on Tintamarre or Pinel Island and an excellent crew. You have the morning to see Philipsburg it another area before the sail.

https://sailingsxm.com/#tropical

 

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On 9/7/2019 at 10:26 AM, Rdclfamily said:

Traveling with my husband + 11 yr old + 14 yr old.

 

Going to San Juan, Labadee, St. Thomas and St. Maarten

 

This is for frequent cruisers who have done many things at each of these islands.

 

My question is this:

 

I would like to do the following, and I'm wondering which location will be best for what.  Meaning, I don't want to choose to snorkel in St. Thomas if one of the others are better for that.  

 

1) One just hang at the beach day (minimal expense/ crystal clear waters/ not tooooo busy)

2) One snorkeling experience  (our 11 year old is tentative, so ideally a tour that isn't in choppy waters)

3) One really fun thing, like the Amazing Race adventure

4) Possibly one private tour guide to spend a full day touring the island and hanging places that we are excited about.

 

What port would you plan to do what at?

 

Any advice is appreciated.

 

St. Martin is not the island to tour - they are still  not fully operational since the hurricane in 2017.  But there is an amazing snorkeling outfit which I would highly recommend, Captain Alan:  https://www.captainalan.com/

As for a beach day, Labadee would be it.

San Juan - the boys would love the forts.  As for St. Thomas, been there, pretty much done it all.  But you could go to the top of mountaintop in the Paradise point tram: https://www.paradisepointvi.com/

 

 

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19 hours ago, elaineb said:

St. Martin is not the island to tour - they are still  not fully operational since the hurricane in 2017.  

Friar’s Bay Beach Cafe and another restaurant are open and a great spot to get away from your fellow cruise mates. One of the popular day sails is another nice option. But the snorkeling is better in STT...

 

San Juan - the boys would love the forts. 

Agree, tour the fort and Old San Juan.

 

As for St. Thomas, been there, pretty much done it all.  But you could go to the top of mountaintop in the Paradise point tram: https://www.paradisepointvi.com/

Again Sapphire Beach is a great choice for both a gorgeous beach and snorkeling. But you may want to make the trek over to St John if your port times work. Trunk Bay, like Magens Bay on STT, is highly-touted and as a result can be crowded. But there are other less-visited beaches if you want that idyllic spot.

 

If docked at WICO (Havensight) we would also recommend Paradise Point before walking back to the ship. The tram station is a 15 minute walk from the port, or you can taxi up and back. Nice view of the harbor and a tasty Bushwacker!

 

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We did the Amazing Race excursion in St. Maarten a couple of years ago and had a blast.  It was myself, my husband and our then 17 year old daughter.  She really enjoyed herself.  My husband enjoyed it so much he suggested we do it again this year.

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