We got in a day early and stayed at the El San Juan Resort and Casino. The hotel was really nice and very comfortable. Sunday morning we walked the beach and swam in the pools. We got ready and checked out at noon. We got a cab directly to the port and checked in there (a little over an hour to get checked in, the lines were pretty long). We got on the ship, were able to check out our room and ate lunch before getting off to explore Old San Juan. We wanted to take the trolley to one of the forts, but the trolley that we got on was more of a local bus. we took a nice stroll along the coastline before going in the correct direction to Castillo de San Cristobal. We heard that was the bigger/nicer of the forts. We enjoyed exploring and got some great pictures. We walked back to the ship. The walk to the fort is totally doable and I wish we would have skipped the whole trolley experience. We didn't really see much else in OSJ that peaked our interest. We went back to the ship for dinner.
We did Blackbeard's Castle. We took a taxi $8 per person. The admission was $14. Had a nice time touring the historic sites and getting little tours. Great views and the rum factory was nice. We wore our bathing suits and took a refreshing dip in one of the pools. It was definately something different to do and I'm glad that's what we picked. The title of "Williamsburg of the Caribbean" suits it perfectly. We asked one of the tour guides the best way to get back to the ship and he gave us directions to decend the 99 steps into town and then walk the one mile along the bay back the ship. In town, we shopped at the straw market. It was the best straw market that I have been to. Lots of stalls with a great variety, the vendors weren't overly obnoxious. Did some bargaining and we bought jewelry, tshirts, scarves and a purse. I wish I would have brought more money in smaller bills becuase I could have done a lot more shopping! We ate lunch on the ship and swam at the pool for the afternoon.
We got a late start this day and had wanted to get a taxi to see the Pitons, but apparently it's a 4-5 hour tour to get to them. So the taxi driver that we talked to was very nice and got another couple to join us for a tour of the northern part of the island. I think the tour was $15 per person. The other couple got dropped off at the beach for the afternoon, but we went back to the ship. We had gotten a little too much sun in Barbados. There was a great souvineer shop at the port and got lots of great little souvenirs. Got lunch on the ship and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon.