We visited St Croix on a Sunday and 90% of the town was closed. We decided to walk to the beach that was 2 minutes from the pier. We paid $7 per beach chair. There were a few bars open selling beverages and a gentleman cracking fresh coconuts. We swam and relaxed and it was nice to sit on the beach and see our cruise ship at the dock. There was an art museum open that we walked through.
We negotiated a great price ($120 for 10 of us) for an island tour in a beautiful air conditioned van. Our driver took us for a 1.5 hour tour all around the island. He spoke about the history of the island and pointed out the scenic highlights. He drove us to the top of the island and we were able to get out and take photos. Then he drove us to the Carambola Beach Club...very pretty with a full restaurant. Calm waters. Fun watching the pelicans dive bomb for fish. They charged $7 for chairs here. Free wifi.
The forecast was for a rainy day and many of the excursions were cancelled, including our planned hike. Dominica is a beautiful volcanic island with black sand beaches and beautiful flowers, plants and trees. The people are very friendly. Sadly, the rains caused mudslides and we witnessed many homes full of mud. In the afternoon we went for an island tour for $15 per person (four of us joined three others). Our cab driver was very knowledgeable about the beautiful plants and trees on the island and stopped to show us as much as he could. We also drove to the top of the island and saw a panoramic view with our ship in the harbor. He attempted to drive us to Tralfager Falls, however, the road was washed out. The good news is that the rains held off during our tour.
Our best day! We negotiated for a taxi driver that could accommodate 10 people in an air conditioned van for an island tour followed by some beach time. The driver started at $25 per person, which we negotiated down to $20 per person ($200 total). He took us on a wonderful island tour, explaining the history of the island. We drove to a fantastic lookout at the top of the island where we could see many other neighboring islands in the distance. At the end of the tour, he drove us to Cane Garden Bay for a few hours of beach time. He introduced us to a nice woman who gave us a discount on 10 chairs - only $3 each. There was a restaurant, bar and bathroom available. We enjoyed this beach time so much! Beautiful white sand and calm, aqua water! Paradise!
Our ship was docked about a five minute cab ride to the main town of Charlotte Amalie. We were a bit surprised to find out it cost $4 per person for the five minute ride. Our ship was the only one in port and the town was quite empty. We decided to go shopping first, so we didn't have to shop in wet bathing suits later in the day. A mix of stores through the quaint streets from high end jewelry to linens to souvenirs. After shopping we got in an open air taxi to go to a nice beach. This cost us $6 per person. We chose Emerald Beach which was close to the St Thomas airport. We had nice chairs and enjoyed the calm water of this nice beach. There was also a bar/restaurant operated by the Best Western hotel. After a few hours, we paid another $6 per person to take a taxi back to the ship. We shopped at a new section of multi colored stores that were probably built for cruise passengers. We found a shop where the owner makes her own popsicles, jams and sauces from all natural ingredients.