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mominva's Port Reviews of Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten
Oasis of the Seas cruise in July 2014
Member Name: mominva
Cruise Date: July 2014
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: mominva's Oasis of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

There were 4 boats at Nassau that day. My family of 5 (including 3 teens) walked to Junkanoo Beach for a beach day. It is a 12-15 minute walk. We walked through the port and took a right. You will see signs directing you to the beach, so it is super easy. We walked past the straw market (and planned to go there on the way back to the ship), past downtown stores (I picked up a cold Diet Coke!) past Senor Frogs, and past the British Colonial Hilton. Just past the Hilton, you will see the beach to the right. I found shade and plopped my towel down there before I lost the spot. Even with 4 ships, it wasn't crowded when we got there. There were around 4 security guards (wearing orange reflective vests) just roaming around the beach, so I felt very safe. Women will ask if you want your hair braided. When I declined, they were courteous and moved on. I did not feel harassed. There are lots of little places to get food and drink. The water was beautiful and clear. I would recommend water shoes. I saw some broken glass and it is a little rocky getting in the water. None of my family was bothered, but it would be a shame if someone's foot got cut on Day 2 of the cruise. As the morning went on, more people came to the beach. It is a large beach, and you can move further down if you want to spread out. I noticed that people were sitting on the shady part of the beach. This part has lots of trees, so the sand has leaves. I wasn't sure if it was private property, but apparently, it is not. If you pay for a chair, I saw them take a rake and clean up the sand for you. After a few hours, we headed back to the ship. I would definitely go back to this beach.

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St. Thomas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

There were 4 ships in St. Thomas that day. Our family of 5 (includes 3 teens) took a cab to Sapphire Beach from Crown Bay. It was $11 per person each way. We asked the cab driver to come back to get us at a certain time and he did. The taxi was a van with so-so A/C. Most of the "taxis" I saw were open air, safari-type vehicles. The cab drivers have to navigate curves and mountains and seem to drive aggressively. I felt safe, but I was in a van. Sapphire Beach is gorgeous. Waitresses will bring you a menu and take your order at your chair. They brought my drink out very fast. The water is postcard pretty. The sand is rocky at the entrance to the water. I had to wear my swim shoes, although the rest of my family said they were fine. We got there and found a tree to sit under. It was a perfect spot. There is a shop where you can rent snorkeling gear. It looked like people were coming there on excursions. For awhile, the bathrooms were closed at Sapphire Beach. They are now open, but the taxi cab director was still saying they were closed and discouraging us from going. For 4 ships, the beach was not crowded. Perfect!

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

There was only 1 ship at St. Maarten that day- the Oasis-Yay! We were headed to Mullet Bay Beach and later Maho Beach. This was going to be an adventure. My family of 5 (includes 3 teens) walked to Phillipsburg which took about 15 minutes. We got off the ship and walked through the port. When you pass through the gates, turn left on the sidewalk. You will see signs that say "This way to Phillipsburg." You will get to a tourist area with little shops. I asked a security guard where Front Street was and he pointed us in the right direction. Once on Front Street (where all of the upscale stores are), we walked through an alley to get to Back Street. This is where the buses are. Immediately, we found a bus and asked the driver if he could take us to Mullet Bay beach. He said yes. We confirmed it was $2 per person and got in. He picked up a couple of other passengers along the way and after a 30 minute drive, dropped us off at Mullet Bay Beach. Two chairs and an umbrella were $15 total. This is the prettiest beach! We hated to leave. We then walked to Maho Beach which takes about 12 minutes. You walk through the parking lot up to the road and turn right. You will see a white golf shop ahead. When you get close to the golf shop turn right and you will see a pharmacy up ahead. When you reach the pharmacy, turn right again. Walk past shops and casino. You will see the beach on the right. When we were ready to leave Maho beach, we just reversed our steps to get to the main road (where the casino was) and immediately saw another bus. We asked him if he could take us back to Phillipsburg and confirmed it was $2 per person. He dropped us on Back Street. We cut through an alley to Front Street and made the 15 minute walk back to the ship. It was a great day. I got exercise walking, the beach is so pretty and it didn't cost my family an arm and a leg!

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