Our adventure in the Azores took us to a volcanic caldera, where we hiked down to the lake in the crater. The vegetation and geological formations were interesting to see. We then visited two natural hot springs and walked through the forest to the non-commercialized sites. We swam in one hot spring, where the thick orange, iron-rich mud lined the springs. The water was about 102'F, making the experience wonderful. There were clean change houses on the property and only a 2 Euro entrance fee. Next stop was the geysers in the centre of a small village, where we watched the boiling water rising out of the rocks. Our last stop was at a beautiful black sand beach where we cooled off in the Atlantic ocean.
We used our day in the USVI to visit Magen's Bay, a world famous white sand beach about one mile in length. It was beautiful!! The water was warm. the breakers were fabulous for body surfing on portions of the beach, and float equipment was available for rent if desired. The beach and beach house change rooms were clean. There was a $4USD charge per person, to use the beach, which was well worth it.
The shopping center located at the cruise port was well supplied and featured a variety of items, friendly staff, and lots of security.