Did an Aquafest beach day with the boys. A beautiful beach.
Catamarain! The best. Shore excursion booked with NCL. Great buffet lunch on board. Free rum and beer later on. Two snorkling opportunities - snorkle set provided. Like, wow!
Actually, this is Samana, in the Dominican Republic. I could not find it on the listing. I had been here once before. Best to take a shore excursion here. The simple beach day at Caya Leventado [sp] is a great time, if you just want to relax. Full beach facilities, except for umbrellas. Some shade under palms for those wanting it, and at the bar.
For those who like to get off the ship, but don't want to do a shore excursion or venture too far, there is some excellent shopping on the pier. This is one of the best set-ups I've seen. Some dining there, too, but I did not do that. We went with the boys to Cockleshell beach. The ride there and back was beautiful. The beach was nice, too, although the water was murky.
Rating this 5+. Do do the boat ride over to Virgin Gorda to see The Baths. You can do it as a ship shore excursion, or on your own from the ferry terminal, where two services go hourly between the islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda. At Virgin Gorda there will be cabs at the pier to take you to The Baths, and will arrange a pick-up time for you. People are very friendly, speak English (with the most beautiful patois), and all seems safe. The park entrance is $3.00 - after $30.00 for the ferry, round-trip, and maybe $10.00 to $15.00 for round-trip cab - maybe less for the cab - but, ALL THIS IS WORTH WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE! An adventurous trail down to the beach. Some food there, ample drinks, no beach chairs. Lockers there for a small sum. In your bathing suit, follow the signs "to the caves". A couple "fat man's squeezes" here and there, but surprisingly accessible. You will see something you've seen on TV and in magazine ads so many times, yet so few get to see for real. A treat. You will clamber over some rocks to see more: "Climbing over rocky mountain . . . Let us gaily tread the measure, make the most of fleeting leisure, hail it as a true ally . . . "