We tried to head to the lighthouse first but we got lost. When I say lost, its not that bad because you just turn around and head down a different road. The whole island isn't very big, so at almost all the time you can still see your ship from the whole island. As we were driving along we saw wild donkeys, cows and horses just wondering freely. It was pretty neat. We would stop and get pictures of them all.
We found the lighthouse and the views from there are beautiful. There was a snack shack and we were able to buy some drinks and snacks. It was really really hot that day. Right before the lighthouse, we found a beach that had huge conch shells just laying all over the place. We brought a few home with us.
We left there drove until we found the town. It was really small but had some quaint local shops. We tried some of the local snacks and bought a few local crafts.
We then headed back to the pier and returned the golf cart. We wanted to check out Margaritaville. It was so crowded and there was no place to even put our stuff down so we could go in the pool. We decide to go back on the ship and change into our suits and leave our stuff there. What a great idea that was. When we headed back out we had an hour an half before we had to be back on ship, but I guess everyone else decided it was time to leave so we were able to find chairs and the pool was alot less crowded. What a great way to cool off after a very hot day.
We were able to tour the island and enjoy the pool at Margaritaville.
We met our tour guide right outside the pier. We went in his van to the Rainforest first. It is about a 45 minute drive. He told us about the island and himself along the way. Our first stop, was a beautiful waterfall. He took pictures for us in front of the waterfall. He then showed us a place that we could climb up closer to the waterfall to get even better pictures. There are really huge leaves there and he somehow made us cute little hats to take some pictures in. He was very knowledgeable about the local flowers and the history of the area. Our second stop in the Rainforest was the overlook tower. It had a great views also. Our last stop in the Rainforest was for a short hike in the forest. It was all so amazing.
After the Rainforest, we headed to the beach. We drove along the shoreline and he told us about the area. We stopped along there for authentic Puerto Rican food. I have to say we are not into fish much so we did not really like it. We tried a few different things that he recommended,
We then headed towards Old San Juan. He again told us the history of the area. We saw the forts and stopped to get some pictures and other areas of interest. He then took us into the shopping area. You could get off there of he would take you back to the pier. We got off at the end of the shopping area. It was a short walk back to the ship.
The views from the top of the barge heading over to St. John were beautiful. After getting off the barge, we were a little lost, and it was raining. We decided to head to Annaberg ruins first. On our way we passed many overlooks that you could pull over and take pictures. We drove up and down the mountain roads. It was so pretty. The ruins were neat and interesting. We left there and continued on the road and found a local handmade craft area. We bought a few souvenirs and some drinks and continued on our way.
The rain had stopped by now so we headed to Trunk bay to do a little snorkeling. We wanted to allow 3 hours to get back to the ship so we didn't have much time. We were lucky it was not crowded since we were the only ship in port that day. It costs $4 a person to get into the beach. We also rented snorkeling equipment from them. It was only $5 for a vest and $5 for snorkel and fins. The deposit is the killer. If you do not have a credit card for a deposit then you have to give cash and it is around $75.00.
The underwater views were amazing. There was a sting ray that was way down at the bottom and the there were plenty of colorful fish. The coral was beautiful. They have signs along the trail so you can tell what you are looking at.
We left there on the 2:30 barge and still had plenty of time in the pier area to do a little shopping.
We were very happy with our choice of activities for this port. We had the best time ever.