What’s not to love about cruising in the Caribbean in February, when most of the U.S. is either blanketed in snow or at least covered by a winter chill? A small group of us set sail from Miami last month to some of the Eastern Caribbean’s sunny and balmy ports of call.
Our first stop was San Juan. We arrived in the late afternoon, and some of our crew went on a foodie walking tour to discover a “secret” kitchen nestled in Old Town. There, they learned to cook some Puerto Rican specialties and then ate the fruits of their labor. Another group headed to Senor Frogs, a Caribbean staple for a good time! There, the tequila and other drinks flowed, and the drinking games began!
In St. Thomas, USVI, half of the group did a panoramic tour of the island, which ended in Magen’s Bay. The other half headed straight to Magen’s Bay beach to start soaking up the sun! Around lunchtime, we were all reunited on the beach and enjoyed the sun and sea together before heading back to the ship.
The idyllic port of Tortola was the perfect last stop on our week-long cruise. The group decided, as a whole, to go to the beautiful Cane Garden Bay beach. After a hair-raising ride over the mountains in an open-air truck, we arrived at the gorgeous stretch of beach nestled in a cove. We secured our beach loungers (with some nefarious haggling by the proprietor) and proceeded to have such a relaxing day. Our beach waitress, Marisol, was so friendly, and was never too far out of sight should we need anything. The water was the perfect shade of blue, and the weather was such a delightful respite from the cold of winter! Many of us said our goodbyes to warm weather as we left the beach that day, knowing it would be several months until our bodies felt the warmth of the sun again.
This 7-day Caribbean vacation was the perfect getaway to ward off the winter blues and to make new friends at the same time!