We arrived one day early and checked into the Verdanza Hotel. Nice option for location and proximity to the beach. Fantastic restaurant located just down the beach from the Intercontinental call La Playita. Located directly on the beach and good value.
Post cruise we booked a tour with San Juan Happy Tours. They are independent tour operators and are located just outside the ship as you are leaving. They are the people wearing the blue shirts. For only $25 per person you get a tour of Old San Juan and are dropped off for around an hour and a half to tour on your own. Your luggage is safe in the back of the van. Afterwards, the van then takes you to the airport. Perfect solution if you have a late flight. http://sanjuanhappytours.webs.com/
Expect everything from taxis to restaurants to be expensive. As well, hotels all charge you a hotel/tourist tax over and above that many do not advertise. Just be aware.
A nice island but unfortunately our least favourite. Took a taxi to Rainbow Beach located about a mile north of the pier. Nice little beach but it is a little rocky until you get out further. Big drop off too as you enter the water.
One nice thing was the beach bar. Their famous Lime in the Coconut drink is that good! Their is also a smaller beer only bar at the bottom of the stairs of the main bar. Very funny guy working there.
Others found a nice tour of the island for only $20 offered right at the pier. Wish we had have done this.
One of our top 3 islands. This time my wife and I as well as another couple went to Dawn Beach. The taxi was approximately $16 round trip. What a great beach! Not busy and the beach is awesome. The drink prices are quite attractive too. We were right out front of Busby's Beach Bar where the beer was only $1 after 11am. If you find that price too expensive, the other bar down the beach was offering 10 Coronas for only $7.
Left a little early to shop downtown. Great downtown area for both shopping and outdoor cafes.
Went to Valley Church Beach. This island has the nicest looking beaches we have seen. Very picturesque. The sand is a little coarse as it is mostly made up from coral. The beach is gaining popularity and was packed by noon. Free wifi offered at the bar.
After using Cosol a few years ago, our group decided to see the island from a different perspective. We took a catamaran tour from BateauMygo. www.bateaumygo.com We were taxied from the ship to Marigot Bay where the boat awaited us. We sailed down to the Pitons where we stopped to swim in the clearest water I have ever seen. Everyone had a wonderful time and it was nice having this private tour over the crowded ship sponsored cats we saw sail by. After another stop for swimming, we then finished our sailing with a great meal back in Marigot Bay before being taxied back to the ship. Highly recommended
Our favourite island. The beaches on this island are second to none. The first time here we went to Rockley Beach. This time based on a good suggestion from a friend, we went to The Boatyard. The Boatyard is a beachclub located just south of the pier. For an admission fee of only $12 each, you get a chair and an umbrella as well as a free rum punch and a taxi back to the ship. The beach is very well run by a manager who watches out for everyones safety and happiness. Check out the rope swing when there. It is so much fun. Free wifi here too. Lots of cruise workers come here and the place is very lively but never feels too crowded. Good for all ages.