We took a cab to Paradise Beach and had a great day. It was $13 for our family each way. We loved Paradise Beach. Good service, good location, great food, great value. We paid $12/pp for the wrist bands but could have probably gotten away with just buying them for the kids. Food and drinks were reasonable. They also had free Wi-Fi which we took advantage of to send a couple emails back home. They had a couple computer terminals at the bar and we could also access it with our iPods. Our kids played on the water toys, we got some sun, had a few drinks. There were lots of other things available but we didn't take advantage of them this time. Very good day. We definitely recommend this place to everyone and would go back.
We took a cab to Royal Palms on the Seven Mile Beach. It was a nice place. We rented some chairs and a float, had some lunch and drinks. DH and the kids rented wave runners and had a blast. The food was good, the service was good and the beach was gorgeous. We had some issues with cabs getting back. They put us in a van and we thought we were leaving but they went to get more people. It was really hot and after waiting for a while we asked if someone else was available to take us since there were several drivers there. Our original driver came back with more people so rushed us to a different cab and as we drove out, she also circled back to the front and went to find more people. It was very frustrating. We waited about 20 minutes in hot vans and were not happy. At least let us know you plan to wait to have a full vehicle. I can understand that. Don't lie to me and say we are leaving, then make a circle and go back to the entrance. Very frustrating. Other than that it was a good day. No lines for the tender back to the boat and all went smoothly.
Our family did the zipline through a local company, Zipline Tours. It was great. A shuttle picked us up at the terminal, drove us about 30 minutes to the tour which was 5 ziplines, then shuttle back to the terminal. I was very nervous but it was so easy and a lot of fun. The staff was very nice. We had a photographer that made us a CD of great pictures for a reasonable price. It was much hotter there than the other ports and quite a bit of climbing so we were all exhausted after but we loved it. I highly recommend it. We were with another family who did it through the ship before and they liked this one much better.