Subject: Re: San Juan Must Sees
Hi Helen;

We only had a few hours free each time we sailed out of San Juan, so just enjoyed walking through the old part of the city -- I remember many lovely gardens, but I do have a St. Thomas suggestion.

Try to get over to St. John -- it's absolutely lovely. We took a ferry from Red Hook, then had a wonderful time snorkeling Trunk Bay. There is a marked underwater trail, and the fish are so colourful and unbelievably curious. At one time I had a different colour and size checking the end of each finger. Even if you aren't a strong swimmer, you should be able to manage as inflatable life vests are provided, so if you feel like a rest you just float. Your ship will probably offer an organized tour with all equipment provided, plus a short tour of the island with killer punch administered freely after snorkeling. I think there was a lunch too but I definitely remember the punch!! http://www.nps.gov/viis/map.htm

You can also take a ferry from Charlotte Amelie near where you dock, get a rental on St. John at the dock and explore on your own, depending on your time in port. http://www.usvi-info.com/infousvi/ferry.html

St. Thomas is also noted for it's duty free shopping, but be prepared -- lots of interesting shops, but a bit congested & chaotic downtown or, there's a great little mall right at the dock, for a quick shopping fix.

Enjoy your cruise.

Anne, Burlington ON