We started our day with a tour of the Mount Gay rum factory (just a couple minutes from the pier - $7 per person). This was pleasant, educational, and included a tasting at the end of the Eclipse and Old varieties (a bit more difficult than sipping wine!). "Boat" drinks were also available for sale at the bar for $5 each, and there was a large gift shop on site.
Our 2nd stop was the Acra beach (again, bypassing the BoatYard). Chairs and Umbrellas were available for rent for $5 each ($15 for the set-up), and there was a "Drink Court" (small group of little "bars") and a restaurant with an adequate menu, on this beach. It was quiet, un-crowded, and the waves and water were perfect (just make sure you hold onto your sunglasses when you go in the water!)
Back towards the ship, we had a stop at the Coconuts bar for a drink ... nice place to end the day!
Value for the dollar was the theme here. We basically saw the entire outside of the island on our St. Kitts day, including the Batik Store, the Old Fortress, and ended our day with a stop at the Cockleshell Beach, which featured a restaurant, and a large pig, but by no means a great beach.
Overall, for $41 per person, this day tour/trip is definitely worth it. A bit disappointed with the beach, but maybe we should have explored down the beach a bit, or maybe we got a bad day!?
A+ to Rose & Jim for their tour efforts! Plenty of shops (and a big central bar) near the boat for your shoppers. We picked up a Black Diamond piece in one of the shops after much negotiation (hope we got a good price)!
The boat trip over & back was great, and the crew was friendly & helpful with a bit of local area info and sights.
JVD beach, site of the famous Soggy Dollar Bar and it great assortment of mixed drinks, was incredible ... definitely living up to its billing as once of the nicest beaches anywhere.
Casual atmosphere, soft sand, perfect water, and plenty of locals (& vacationers) stopping by on their fancy (and not so fancy) boats for a stop at JVD.