Not enough time for this spectacular port! After much discussion male family members request to go to Maho Beach (not Orient) and watch planes dominated the day. It was fun and the water was wonderful to float in between plane arrivals. We laughed, drank beer from the Boatyard bar and watched the chaos that ensued with each flight arrival. Traffic was an issue as discussed by many cc members. We wasted too much time in a crowded van. The shops and immediate port area are wonderful but I still didn't get a chance to walk the exquisite Orient beach. Next time I will.
Previous visits we have taken the Piton sailing cruise offered by our cruiseline. A great way to see the Pitons, enjoy the scenery and swim in Anse Cochon. This year we decided to just stay on board for most of the day, leaving the ship only late afternoon for some cold beverages and shopping in Castries Market. It was an enjoyable and laid back day.
Interesting port and very easy to explore on foot near the ship. We had some interesting experiences visiting a small museum near the terminal, walking to the St Georges centre and under the Fort. The poeple were very friendly and not at all intimidating to us, with a well organized greeting system and access to water taxis to take us to the beach.
Grand Anse Beach was crowded , and we sat at a quieter end where DH did some snorkling. In laws enjoyed the Spice market and purchased spice necklaces. A surprisingly enjoyable port.
What an extraordinary place! So very European yet so small town Caribbean. We did the Woodwinds snorkle trip, (after reading CC boards I reserved 4 spots for us months in advance). This fantastic group of young marine biologists even convinced my 74 year old Mother in law to jump in. Unquestionably the best snorkling adventure of my lifetime. Yes I saw turtles and swam in idealic turquoise water for 1.5 hours. This was the highlight of our cruise. We still watch the DVD we purchased from Diedre on a weekly basis. The shopping experience and stopping for a bucket of cold brew was really a great way to finish off our day in Boanaire. The craft merchants are a fascinating mix of caribe/ Dutch baby boomers. Really fun souvenirs and many good memories of this day.