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Saint Thomas in the Caribbean

Photo of a school of fish at Magens Bay in Saint Thomas

School of fish at Magens Bay in Saint Thomas

Saint Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands, which are located in the Caribbean. Other islands that make up the US Virgin Islands include Saint John, Saint Croix and Water Island.

Saint Thomas has many islands around. And beautiful scenery from the ocean to the top of the hill. Today, millions of tourists from around the world flock to St Thomas.

The main town centre consists of jewellery shops, jewellery shops, and… jewellery shops! The main reason for all these jewellery shops that, like other caribbean islands, these luxury items are all tax free in St Thomas. If you’re looking for diamonds or other gemstones, you can find a bargain in St Thomas.

We went out to the beach called Magens Bay. Recognised as one of the world best beaches as selected by National Geographic magazine.

The best time to visit this beach is in the morning before lunch time. That is because it’s the best time to see the schools of fish. There were so many fish swimming around with us. I’d never seen so many fish like this so close to the shoreline before.

A big fish, about 80 centimetres long, was swimming around people trying to eat the smaller fishes. Some people thought it was a shark! We could even see the fish when we were sunbathing on the sand.

Another place of interest is Blackbeard’s Castle. Blackbeard’s Castle is an historic castle near the main township. It’s all about Blackbeard – the famous pirate in Caribbean. Blackbeard’s Castle can be reached by walk up 99 steps to the top along the way.

After our half-day excursion, we waited for our boat trip back to the cruise liner. Maybe next time we’ll stay a bit longer.

Antigua in the Caribbean

Antigua in the Caribbean

Antigua was the first stop on our 10 night Caribbean cruise.

Our ship arrived first thing in the morning and we could see the colourful view from a long way. The first thing I saw is the many colourful buildings located around the island. Some houses are painted more than two colours which gave me an idea of the character of the Caribbean.

Once we’d disembarked from our ship, we were surrounded by taxi drivers/tour operators wanting our business. We decided to take a tour in a minivan, shared with others. The taxi driver told us that his name is “Choc” – short for “Chocolate” because he loves chocolate so much.

We visited Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights and Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre it also contained historic ruins and a display of 18th-century artifacts from the island.

It was really beautiful place. As far I could see, a lot of tropical fruits and vegetables are grown in Antigua. The taxi explained how they grow crops such as bananas and pineapples. Some people thought that pineapples were  grown from tall trees, but saw that this isn’t the case! They are actually grown as small plants in the ground – less than knee high!

We visited a nice lookout too and we could see houses from famous people such as Eric Clapton and Oprah Winfrey.

When the tour finished, we decided to thank “Choc” by giving him some chocolate. That put a huge smile on his face!

The marina is located in the main town. We started searching for an Internet cafe and finally found one. It had no air conditioner. Just one fan and about 5 desktops in a small room with very hot temperature. But never mind, at least we were able to get internet for much cheaper than the ship charges.

Final trip to the pier, we checked out some of the the duty free shops. But the most important thing to do before getting back on the boat was to try the local beer! And it was very refreshing!

Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is probably the most famous beach in the Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands is located in the Caribbean, south of the United States. It takes almost 10 hours to fly from London airport. This is my first time in the Cayman Islands but I hope it’s not my last!

The reason I say this is that the Cayman Islands are among the most beautiful islands on earth. On Grand Cayman, the white sand beach called Seven Mile Beach is one place I can easily lie down all day watching the day go past. The water is so calm, clear and crystal blue. Good to do some snorkelling just at the front beach. Others are off diving. All the small and colourful fish seem to be happy to see us.

Postcard From Hell

One day we took a trip to Hell and back. Hell is a suburb of Grand Cayman with funny looking rock that looks like what some would imagine hell would look like. Hell has its own post office, so many tourists like to send their friends a postcard from Hell.

Local Wildlife

While sight seeing or walking around, we can see that Cayman Island has a lot of Iguanas. There are also a lot of different lizards running around. Some times they don’t want to give way to you while you walk past.

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is home to the capital city of the Cayman Islands, Georgetown. You could drive around Grand Cayman in a day if you wish. As you drive, you’ll see big mansions built along the side of the beaches. You can also check out the botanic gardens, located near the centre of Grand Cayman. There are also a few picnic places by the beaches too.

Duty Free Shopping

Cayman Islands is a place where you can buy a lot of duty free diamonds and other jewelry. It’s amazing how many diamond shops there are. On Grand Cayman, most, if not all of these jewelry shops are located in Georgetown. They cater mainly to the cruise ship passengers, who disembark at the port in Georgetown. Like many other Caribbean islands, there are no taxes on many items, so luxury items such as jewelry can be much cheaper than other countries.

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