I'll help on three: Aruba.....Hire a car about $60 and go with another couple to The Windmill, swim or snorkel on Palm beach ( not to be confused the De Palm Island which is an absolute rip off). You’re your time around the island but take in the monoliths and another beach. .........La Guaira. .....Stay on the ship, The trip to Caracas is long and tiring and really not worth it and La Guaira is a shambles and dangerous. P&O and Princess use this stop for cheap fuel and ought to stop going there. ..... Grenada, the spice island, get yourself a taxi tour and see this beautiful island with its rain forests and sandy beaches and swim on a beach, come back to the St George's and see the view from the castle. Whilst you're out and about try a flying fish sandwich or baguette they're wonderful. I'll leave the rest to someone else. .... Neil.
We went to Aruba & Bonaire on Sea Princess last year. In Aruba we went on the glass bottom boat tour, it was ok - but when we go next year we will do the submarine tour. If you only want a look around, the town is only a couple of minutes walk away. In Bonaire we did the island tour, this was really good, lots of burnt out cars & beer cans ! But a lovely place I fell in love with the island, you got to see lots of different aspects & a great photo oppertunity of the ship. The shops there were pleasent & cheaper than Aruba. The shops on both islands will take US $.
Many thanks for this reply. Do you advise taking US dolars with you?
We did use dollars, shops will take cards.But the dollars were handy for a beer or an ice cream ! Putting our Christmas tree up yesterday reminded me of our visit to Bonaire, in a little shop we bought a hand painted decoration there.
I can advise re Samana, don't bother with the shoping here nothing but a couple of gift shops, do not venture to the old part of town. best advice book a trip with princess or stay on the ship!
Grenada is well worth the walk around the shops, but be pepared to be hassled constanly with the locals trying to get you dollers for tours ect, my trick is to answer with (We have a tour booked with the ship) it works a treat and they leave you alone. US $ accepted everwhere.