July 30, 2018

EXPLORING SAN JUAN BEFORE A CRUISE



If you plan to stay in San Juan before a cruise, stay in Old San Juan and not in some hotel near the airport. You will just need to pay for a taxi from the airport to Old San Juan and then you won't have to worry about transportation again until your cruise is over.

Staying in Old San Juan makes exploring the town easier.  You can leave your luggage in your room until it's time to check out.  When it's time to check out, carry your luggage to the ship, drop it off, and the go back out and explore until your ship leaves. 

You can read about our stay at the Casablanca Hotel in Old San Juan HERE:  http://southernbluetraveler.blogspot.com/2018/07/our-stay-at-casablanca-hotel-san-juan.html




July 21, 2018

OUR STAY AT THE CASABLANCA HOTEL ~ SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO



This quaint Old San Juan Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico on famous Calle Fortaleza. It is near shops, restaurants, and close to the historic Forts of Puerto Rico.  It is also near the Old San Juan Cruise Ship terminal which is why we chose to stay there.


When I was searching for a place to stay the night before our cruise, I was looking for some place affordable.  The night before a cruise, hotel prices are much higher.  The room we stayed in is around $107 except on cruise weekends.  We paid around $179.

July 11, 2018

CARLISLE BEACH & BARBADOS CRUISE PORT (BRIDGETOWN)



My daughter and I were really excited about visiting Barbados.  I mean, it's Barbados....the water is a beautiful turquoise and the sand is a brilliant white. 


Walk from the ship to the port area

July 7, 2018

TOURING BEAUTIFUL ST KITTS


I have mentioned our plans on all of my post about this cruise.  We had grand plans for some islands like Barbados and no plans at all for islands like Antigua.  St Kitts was another port where we didn't make any plans.  

After a nice breakfast, we decided to get off in port and see what tours were available.  


St Kitts port is located outside of the capital of Basseterre.  If you are interested in shopping, downtown Basseterre is a five minute walk from the port.


June 11, 2018

OUR ADVENTURE IN ANTIGUA





Antigua is a beautiful island in the West Indies (West Indies is what will show up on your phone as your location while visiting) and is one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.

Locals claim there are 365 beaches, one for each day of the year.  No one knows for sure if this is true but it makes for a great marketing.

The best way to see the island is to take a tour.  You can read my post about arriving in port and choosing a tour HERE.  

BEACHES


As you can see, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches.




ANTIGUA - ST JOHN CRUISE PORT

When my daughter and I were planning this cruise, we were excited about the ports of call.  We were heading to the US Virgin Islands, Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, and St Maarten.  Who wouldn't be excited about these ports?


Before the trip, I had done some research about each port and in the back of my mind, I had rated them according to what I thought would be the most exciting.  Antigua was at the bottom of that list.  Why?  I have no idea. Maybe because I had not heard about it as much as the other islands.  
After returning to the US, I am pleased to report that my preconceived ideas about Antigua were wrong and that it tied as my favorite Caribbean island along with St Lucia.


Antigua has a beautiful port with a lot of shops and many locals offering tours of the island.  My advice....take a tour.  Antigua is too beautiful not to see.  

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