If you are going on a tropical cruise, there are a few things that you should keep in mind for your visits to the beach. Many people make the mistake of simply getting off the cruise ship when it is in port without making any other plans, and they find themselves stressed because they are unprepared.
Before you leave on your cruise, read some online reviews of the beaches near the port where your ship will be docking. Many of the reviews give information about the quality of the sand, how busy the beach is, available facilities and food nearby, etc. These reviews can be very valuable, because they will help you to have a location picked out before you even get off the ship.
Once you get off the ship, it is usually easy to find a taxi or a cab driver. Let the cab driver know where you are planning to go, then negotiate the price BEFORE you get in the car. Some of the cab drivers try to nickel-and-dime tourists, so it is best to have a price set in stone before making any agreements with the driver.
When you get to the beach, find a good place to settle in for the day and also locate the area where the cab drivers are waiting to pick people up. It is important that you know where/how you are planning to get back to the cruise ship, because you don’t want to miss the boat as it pulls away from port! Be sure that you plan enough time to give yourself a cushion so that you aren’t even cutting it close!
There are many different types of beaches available in the ports, so you may consider different activities for each of the locations. Some of the things that you can do at the beach include: snorkeling, scuba diving, beach volleyball, shopping, or just relaxing.