Barbados: WE hired a taxi driver for the day for $80. We visited hunt's garden which was quite lovely. It cost $15 per person which does not include the rum punch offered at the end. I think $10 would be more appropriate or off the rum punch for free. Mr. Hunt is a delight and we enjoyed speaking to him. The garden takes about an hour to go through if you take your time but youmay wish to stay another hour to visit with delightful Mr. Hunt. We then went snorkeling at the beach between the cruise chip and the Hilton hotel. There is a sunken ship to see where many fish like to swim. Banks beer is the local beer in Barbados.
St. Lucia: We went to pigeon Island walked the ruins of the fort and the went snorkeling. The currect pushed you out into the ocean so be careful not to go out too far. WE saw fish and many sea urchins there. After that we went to see the Cathedral of the Immaculate conception, the oldest chirch in the Caribbean and it was beautiful. We prayed there a while and then went shopping in the local market for souvenirs.
Antigua: Here I recommend only going on shore excursions with the cruise line or a reputable firm. WE wanted to go to Cades reef. A taxi driver told us he could take us to Turners beach for $80 round trip where we could take a boat out to the reef for $15 - $20. On the way there he told us that there is no boat at Turners beach so he would just take us to Jolly beach and we could enjoy a day at the beach. We said no you said you were going to take us to a boat to get to Cades Reef. He brought us to Jolly Harbor where he told us he could not find anyone to take us to cades reef. Then he tolfd us he found someone and we should wait. WE waited about 30 minutes and he then said to follow him. We followed him on a 15 minute walk to Jolly beach. There a man, named John Cox had a glass bottom Catamaran called the Cat Snorkel and told us he could take us to the reef for $200 not $20. We had no other choice. We explained that we did not have that kind of money. We could pay him $120. He refuse d and finally agreed that is we bought him $60 worth of gas with our credit cards and paid him $120 he would take us out on his boat. WE paid the $120 first BIG MISTAKE no one else had us pay them first. He left for 20 minutes and came back . Then he drove to the gas station where we paid for two large gas cans to be filled with gas. He drove us back and we waited . Then he told us to go to the beach where he would pick us up with the large catamaran. We waited 20 minutes and he picked us up drove 20 feet from shore and told us just to wait while he yelled to other people around us. After about 20 minutes a fellow came over to the ship and his assistant and this man began to fight as the man tried to board the ship. John Cox's assistant was kicking him in the face and they were fighting and we wqere the only people on the boat about 150 years from shore. We were about to just jump out of the boat and swim to shore rather than be involved in what ever was happening. The fight stopped and John Cox who had our money and $60 worth of our gas told us to get onto a small speed boat that would take us out to Cades reef. These other fellows did take us out to Cades reef and it is amazing. I recommend seeing it but use a professional tour not just anyone and especially on John Cox of Cat Snorkel. We asked for some of our money back since he did not use the big boat or the $60 of gas we provided but he refused and called us crazy. John Cox was rude and he is a con man do not trust him at all. Never pay anyone in advance. The guys in the oat said we paid double what we should have paid and the taxi driver agreed. Our taxi drive picked us up and brought us back to the ship.
St. Maarten: We went to MAHO beach to watch the planes land and take off. It is amazing but be careful. You can get hurt. WE shopped in town by the cruise boat and there we found the best prices on Alcohol.
St. Thomas: We went to Magen's Bay and it was lovely. The beach is clean and the water is calm. We then went to Coki Beach and went snorkeling. The fish were plentiful and very friendly. The beach there is more crowded and it did not feel quite as safe as Magen's Bay.