My husband and I are going on a cruise in December. We realize the drawbacks of popping in and out of a harbour/country within 8 hours on a giant floating hotel, but we wanted something relaxing and not planning-intensive and we are looking for more unconventional things to do when on-shore. We would like recommendations on day trips, out-of-the-way-locations, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and fun experiences you might have had in the following cities, Half Moon Bay (Bahamas), Oranjestad (Aruba), Kralendijk (Bonaire), Colon (Panama), and Puerto Limon (Costa Rica). While it may seem contradictory to going on a cruise, we like hiking, being in nature in quiet/remote locations, art galleries/museums/contemporary art installations/sculptures, local markets, pedestrian/street/local food, activities like snorkeling and biking. Thanks!
Posted on Nov 08, 2011
I once was forced to go on a Caribbean cruise but ended up liking it. The reason: Advance research. For every port of call, I had sussed out a beach, a restaurant popular with locals, and a sight to visit. I didn't get to do all three in each port, but the point is to avoid at all costs the ship-organized excursions. Unless you like going places with 500 of your best friends. I'd recommend checking out a Caribbean guide book or two to develop your own list of things to do ashore. Believe me, it is possible to be on a cruise and experience the kinds of things you talk about at the end of your message.
Posted Nov 18, 2011Add a comment
Thanks Chris. I've been looking on Lonely Planet's Thorntree forum and on the various travel guide websites, but I would likely find more detail in an actual book. I'll take a look at our local library. Thanks for the suggestion!
Posted on Nov 18, 2011