We waited until the crowds had gone then walked off the ship ourselves. We took a walk around the block at the shopping in town, found some nice purchases, took some pictures at Senor Frogs and along the water front, and then headed back on to the ship. The port area and shopping is congested, and there are lots of people looking to take you somewhere - but I didn't feel as pushed and hassled as I had expected. A polite no thank you seemed to work just fine. The port area is quite dirty- but everyone we ran into was nice. The straw market is always a fun place to visit.
We took a taxi to Maho Beach to watch the planes fly in and out. Taxi runs about $30 each way for the three of us. We take a photo at Sunset Bar & Grill by the surfboard with the arrival times on it. Facilities at Sunset Bar & Grill. You can rent chairs/umbrellas/buckets of sodas etc from Sunset. The surf is big at beach so not for toddlers. Fun watching the planes.
Booked through NCL the Castaway Snorkel excursion. Great fun! Went on Castaway Girl #3- crew was Amber, Steph, Ryan and Josh. They did a great job getting us to snorkel site - great gear and instructions - clean and big catamaran - then they broke us up into smaller groups to tour with a guide and the guides really did a great job pointing out things and educating us on what was around us. Great tour and great job. Of course we all had fun on the sail back to port and the water, sodas, and rum punch made it all the more fun! Highly recommend this group!