Since I was a little girl, Havana had always been my dream destination to visit. Don’t I have some stories to tell. Big kudos to my traveling sister, Mira, who had made my trip a lot more pleasant and enjoyable. She knows the town and speaks the language; she’s the best travel partner to have!!!! ☺️
Day 1: Landed in Havana around 7:30PM on a Sunday night. I had arranged for a taxi through my airBnB host to be safe. An hour later, I arrived at the AirBnB house we rented and met up with Mira. We went for late night dinner in a nearby restaurant and walked around by the capitol for some pictures. We met a local person who took us to a club for some live music and drinks. The place was small and HOT. There was no AC. After a few days in Havana, I realized that most place do not have AC inside. So do dress light or with fabric that absorbs sweat s.a cotton.
We entered the port at Crown Bay Marina, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas from 10AM to 7PM. Once we docked, we decided to head into the city to do some early shopping before we explored St. John, our primary destination. From the marina, we caught a taxi into downtown for $7 per person to check out some of their upscale jewelry stores. St. Thomas is known not only for its beautiful, turquoise color beaches, and water sports activities such as snorkeling and sport-fishing, it is also a mecca for high-end jewelry shopping scene in the entire Caribbean. Who doesn’t like duty free shopping and no sales tax? The shopping area in town is also the historic district. Some of the stores are worth visiting just for the old architecture. Also there are bars and restaurants to fill the void. The stores in Crown Bay are satellites of the stores in downtown. Sadly the bad economy hit St. Thomas and some of the more popular stores closed by the port so that’s why we opted for downtown shopping. This picture was taken at dusk as we were leaving for St. Maarten.
View from our cruise ship at 7AM local. This is my 2nd time here at Nassau, Bahamas. If you prefer a clean beach and a quiet time then British Colonial hotel’s private beach is your best kept secret and it is only a short walking distance from the dock. They charge each person $48 USD for all day pass but you’ll get $40 USD credit to use toward food and drinks there so it is totally worth it. Basically you get to use their private pool and beach for $8 USD and avoid all the cruise crowds. I didn’t have time to go into town to the The Fish Fry’s restaurant for some real good conch salad so I settled for one at a random bar on the way back to the ship. I ended up having to gulp it down at the security checkpoint as it turned out we are not allowed to bring food back onto the ship. No ifs and buts. They will not make any exceptions!!! Trust me I tried.