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Resort Pool Between the pina coladas, duty-free shopping and snorkeling excursions you'll find in port on stereotypical Caribbean cruises, your credit card can easily get more of a workout than you anticipated. But, besides baking to a crisp on a free beach all day, what else is available to cruise passengers who want something that's both affordable and entertaining? Resort passes.

Such passes offer all-day access to resort amenities like pools, lounge chairs, water sports equipment and activities, food and beverages. Some even may include meals at upscale restaurants and daytime use of resort rooms, depending on the number of open accommodations.

What's great about such passes is that they are affordable on just about any budget, are often less expensive than shore excursions and provide just enough extras to keep cruise-visitor beach bums occupied and comfortable.

Many Cruise Critic members find such passes to be great alternatives to traditional shore excursions.

"It's fun!" member LovetheSea posts on the message boards. "You just take a cab to the resort, buy the pass and spend the day there. Leave whenever you want to. It is usually a lot cheaper than a 'Beach Break' excursion."

But, while some resorts are great for a bargain (like the Mayan Princess Beach Resort in Honduras, which offers use of its facilities for free on certain days), some of the others we found aren't very economical, unless you're traveling with a large group (like the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, which charges half of its room rates for day passes).

Below, we've compiled a list of a few popular resorts that offer day passes in some of the Caribbean's most well-known ports.

Editor's note: Prices and amenities listed are subject to change at any time.

Antigua

Sandals Grande Antigua

What You Get for Your Money: Passes come in three varieties: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $110.50; 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., $110.50; and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., $188. Prices include access to all on-property entertainment, meals and drinks, but do not include accommodations. Sandals is a couples' resort for those 18 and older, so no children's pricing is available.

How to Get There: The resort is located 20 minutes from port; take a taxi.

For More Info: Visit Sandals' Web site or call 888-SANDALS.


Jolly Beach Resort & Spa

What You Get for Your Money: This resort in Antigua offers one pass, which is $75 for adults and $45 for children, and includes access to the resort from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as a full breakfast, lunch, beverages and non-motorized water sports. Day-use room access is available for an additional $50, based on availability.

How to Get There: Jolly Beach is located half an hour from port; take a taxi.

For More Info: Visit Jolly Beach's Web site or call 866-905-6559.

Aruba

Occidental Grand Aruba

What You Get for Your Money: Passes, which are $76 for adults and about $38 for children, offer access to all amenities, meals, snack and drinks, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The price does not, however, include use of a room.

How to Get There: Occidental Grand Aruba is a 15-minute taxi ride from port.

For More Info: Visit Occidental's Web site or call 800-858-2258.


Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

What You Get for Your Money: The day passes offered at this Aruba resort include transportation to the resort's private island, as well as lunch, a drink and dessert. The cost is $99 per adult and $49 per child and does not include use of a room.

How to Get There: This resort is just one-quarter of a mile from the cruise port, and it's walkable.

For More Info: Visit Renaissance Aruba's Web site or call 800-421-8188

Barbados

Turtle Beach Resort

What You Get for Your Money: For about $125 per adult ($70 for children ages 5-12), a day pass includes access to the resort's beach, pool and non-motorized water sports equipment until 6 p.m. Also included are breakfast, lunch and drinks.

How to Get There: The resort is located 20 minutes from port; take a taxi.

For More Info: Visit Turtle Beach Resort's Web site or call 246-428-7131.


The Crane

What You Get for Your Money: This pass is offered at $25 per adult and free for children 12 years and younger. Pass holders are granted beach access and food and drink from the beach bar, redeemable for the value of your pass. Access to the pool, gym and other resort facilities are limited to guests with a room.

How to Get There: Because this resort is 45 minutes from the port in Barbados, you'll need to take a taxi.

For More Info: Visit The Crane's Web site or call 246-423-6220.

Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo Resort

What You Get for Your Money: A day pass at this resort in Casa de Campo offers lunch at the Beach Club Restaurant, as well as beach access, chair use, one drink with lunch and water sports. The cost is $75 per adult and $45 per child.

How to Get There: The resort is located 10 minutes from port; take a taxi.

For More Info: Visit Casa de Campo Resort's Web site or call 809-523-3333.


Dreams La Romana Resort

What You Get for Your Money: Passes here are valid for beach access, food and drinks between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The cost is $60 for adults and $30 for children.

How to Get There: Because this resort is 10 minutes from port, you'll need to take a taxi.

For More Info: Visit Dreams La Romana Resort's Web site or call 809-221-8880.

Cozumel, Mexico

El Cid La Ceiba Beach

What You Get for Your Money: For $75 a person, you get everything an overnight resort guest would, aside from the room. This includes access to the Cozumel resort's beach and pool facilities, plus umbrellas, hammocks, non-motorized water sports equipment, and unlimited food and beverage throughout the day.

How to Get There: El Cid La Ceiba Beach is a mere five minutes from port by taxi.

For More Info: Visit El Cid's Web site or call 866-796-5571.


Family Beach Hotel Cozumel & Resort

What You Get for Your Money: Passes here include all beverages, food from the resort's snack bar (which offers indulgent fare, such as hamburgers and chicken wings), and access to the resort's beach and its amenities (lounge chairs, shades, etc.). The cost is $30 per adult and $15 per child from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost does not include a room.

How to Get There:Take a taxi, or walk the one-mile distance from port.

For More Info: Visit Hotel Cozumel's Web site or call +52-987-872-9020.

Grand Cayman

Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa

What You Get for Your Money: Passes, which are only offered in the low season (when the resort is not full), cost 50 percent of the current price of a room and include access to the on-site pool, lounge chairs and other amenities. Meals are not included, and day use of a room could be offered depending on availability.

How to Get There:This resort is 15 minutes from port by taxi.

For More Info: Visit Westin Casuarina's Web site or call 345-945-3800.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Sandals Montego Bay

What You Get for Your Money: Passes come in three varieties: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $85; 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., $85; and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., $130. Prices include access to all on-property entertainment, meals and drinks but do not include accommodations. Because Sandals is a couples' resort for those 18 and older, no children's pricing is available.

How to Get There: Sandals Montego Bay is a 30-minute drive from port; take a taxi.

For More Info: Visit Sandals' Web site or call 888-SANDALS.


Sunset Beach Resort, Spa & Waterpark

What You Get for Your Money: Passes include access to resort pools, waterslides, white-sand beaches, activities and games, and non-motorized water sports. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, which is $60 per adult and $40 per child. An additional 5 percent discount is available to groups of 16 or more people.

How to Get There: Transfers are available for an additional fee. Sunset Beach Resort is just a five-minute drive from port by taxi.

For More Info: Visit Sunset Beach Resort's Web site or call 877-734-3486.

Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Paradise Hotel Nassau Atlantis Paradise Island

What You Get for Your Money: Atlantis offers three types of day-passes. The Discover Atlantis Tour pass is $40 for adults and $30 for children (ages 4-12) and includes access to the Dig, the Ruins Lagoon and the Predator Lagoon. The second pass, Discover Atlantis Beach Day, is $69 for adults and $40 for children. It includes a tour of the Discover Atlantis aquarium and access to the Dig, Atlantis Beach West and all marine habitats. Lunch is also included in the cost. The Discover Aquaventure pass is priced seasonally from $120 for adults and $80 for children, off-peak, and it provides access to beach towels, the Dig, and all marine habitats and beaches. It also includes admission to the resort's water park, including all slides, pools and the river rapids. Depending on the number of people in your group and the time of year, it may be more cost-efficient to book a room for one day while you're in port; that will allow you access to all resort amenities for one price. Plus, you'll have a place to shower and change.

How to Get There:This resort is a 10- to 15-minute taxi ride from the cruise port.

For More Info: Visit Atlantis' Web site or call 888-877-7525.


Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort

What You Get for Your Money: For $25 (half price for children, ages 4 to 12), visitors gain access to the resort's beach and pools, as well as beach chairs and towels. Not included are meals, drinks and room usage.

How to Get There: From the Nassau cruise port, the Sheraton is a 15-minute ride by local bus or taxi.

For More Info: Visit Sheraton Nassau's Web site or call 242-327-6000.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Spa & Conference Center

What You Get for Your Money: Passes include access to resort pools, waterslides, white-sand beaches, activities and games, and non-motorized water sports. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, which is $60 per adult and $30 per child. Buy 15 passes and get one free.

How to Get There: The ride from the Ocho Rios cruise port to this resort takes about 10 minutes; shuttles are available for a fee, as is taxi service.

For More Info: Visit Sunset Jamaica Grande's Web site or call 877-734-3486.


Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach & Villa Golf Resort

What You Get for Your Money: Passes come in two three varieties: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $85, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. for $85 and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. for $130. Prices include access to all on-property entertainment, meals and drinks, but do not include accommodations. Because Sandals is a couples' resort for those 18 and older, no children's pricing is available.

How to Get There:It is a 15-minute taxi ride away from the cruise port.

For More Info: Visit Sandals' Web site or call 888-SANDALS.

Roatan, Honduras

Fantasy Island Beach Resort

What You Get for Your Money: Passes here come in four types: $15 per adult for a welcome fruit punch, live music, beach towels and chairs; $30 for that basic plan plus a lunch buffet; $35 for the basic plan plus transfers to and from the Roatan cruise port; and $50 for both the lunch buffet and the transfers in addition to the drink, music, towels and chairs. Children (11 years old and younger) are half price for each option. Rooms are not included.

How to Get There: Fantasy Island is a 20-minute ride from port. For those purchasing packages that do not include resort-sponsored transportation, take a taxi.

For More Info: Call 800-676-2826.


Mayan Princess Beach Resort

What You Get for Your Money: Access to the resort's beach, pool, chairs and towels are free every day except for Wednesday and Thursday (cruise-heavy days). On those two days, pay $10 per person for access to all of the above. Restaurant access is also allowed, but meals are not included. Also not included are drinks and room usage. Children three years old and younger are admitted at no cost.

How to Get There: This resort is a 25-minute taxi ride from the cruise port.

For More Info: Visit Mayan Princess' Web site or call 786-299-5929.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

What You Get for Your Money: Passes include access to the fitness center, pool area, lounge chairs and showers. Meals, drinks and rooms are not included in the $30 cost. Children's passes can be purchased for $15 for those 12 years old and younger.

How to Get There: A taxi ride from San Juan's cruise port takes just five minutes.

For More Info: Visit San Juan Marriott's Web site or call 888-817-2033.


Intercontinental San Juan

 Intercontinental San Juan What You Get for Your Money: Passes here are a bit pricey, clocking in at about $199 per adult. However, pass holders are entitled to use all resort facilities, as well as a room for the day. Meals, drinks and transportation to and from the port are not included.

How to Get There: Take a taxi for the 15-minute ride.

For More Info: Visit Intercontinental's Web site or call 787-791-6100.

St. Kitts

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino

What You Get for Your Money: Conveniently, this resort offers with-room and without-room options. If you'd like daytime use of accommodations, the cost is $125 per party (the more of you there are, the lower the price per individual). Without a room, the cost is $35 per person. Either way, pass holders are entitled to use of the resort's pool, spa and restaurant. Meals, drinks and spa treatments cost extra, but pass holders get a 15 percent discount at the spa, 10 percent at the restaurant and 10 free tokens for the casino (for the over-18's, of course.)

How to Get There: From port, this resort is just 15 minutes by taxi.

For More Info: Visit St. Kitts Marriott's Web site or call 869-466-1200.


Timothy Beach Resort

What You Get for Your Money: Timothy now offers two packages. The first, for $20 plus tax, is the standard, which includes use of the pool, beach chairs and towels, one entree salad from the lunch menu along with a rum punch, fruit punch, soft drink or local beer. The deluxe pass, for $41 plus tax, offers all of the above plus a welcome rum or fruit punch, an appetizer with lunch and two additional drinks from the beach or restaurant bar. Children go for half price with both packages.

How to Get There:Timothy Beach is located just three miles from the cruise port; a taxi will get you there.

For More Info: Visit Timothy Beach's Web siteor call 869-465-8597.

St. Maarten

Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa

What You Get for Your Money: If you're traveling with your family or as part of a group, this resort in St. Maarten offers day passes for up to four people for 50 percent of current, regular room rates. The price includes the use of a room for up to four people between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., as well as use of the resort's pool, lounge chairs, beach and towels. Meals and drinks are not included.

How to Get There: Expect a half-hour taxi ride from port.

For More Info: Visit the Westin's "Resort for a Day" Web site or call +599-543-6700.


Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino

What You Get for Your Money: Passes here include use of all resort facilities, including the pool, as well as all food and beverages during the day. Prices are $30 for children (ages 5 to 12) and $60 for adults. Day pass offerings are subject to change over peak season, so check the Sonesta Web site for updates.

How to Get There: Your taxi ride from port will take between 15 and 20 minutes.

For More Info: Visit Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort's Web site or call +599-542-2446.

St. Thomas

Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa

What You Get for Your Money: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., day pass holders receive all meals free, unlimited drinks, and access to the pool, beach (including snorkeling and kayaking gear), spa, the resort's fitness center, sauna and hot tub facilities. Additionally, pass holders may utilize the resort's mini-golf courses and tennis courts. The cost is $85 per adult, half price for kids 3 to 18 and free for tots under 3.

How to Get There: A taxi from the cruise port will get you there in 20 minutes.

For More Info: Visit Wyndham Sugar Bay's Web site or call 340-777-7100.


Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

What You Get for Your Money: For $35 per person (children ages 10 and under admitted free), you have access to the beach area, chairs, towels and beach gear. You are also invited to utilize the resort's restaurants. However, pool and room access, meals and drinks are not included. Availability depends on the hotel's occupancy, with limited slots during winter high season.

How to Get There: Frenchman's Reef can be reached by taxi within 15 minutes.

For More Info: Visit Frenchman's Reef's Web site or call 340-776-8500.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor; updated by Christina Livadiotis, Cruise Critic contributor

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