Sunday, February 26, 2006

Great Trips at low Cost

What are the best island trips? Although impossible to answer right for everybody, here a few ideas, which represent a good value, and do not cost you a fortune.

  • Drive to Cul de Sac on the French side at the Northern end of the island and take the ferry boat to Pinel Island. This is genuine 'Caribbean', great beach, best way to relax. There are a few small restaurants and bars. Some serve drinks in the water on floating trays! No credit cards. $6.00/person and trip.

  • Take the passenger ferry Voyager from Oyster Pond on Sunday or Wednesday to St. Barth. It starts at 9:00am and returns at 6:30pm. The return trip is approx. $75.00/person. The comfortable ride is 1 hour each direction. Great views to both islands. You need a passport to go. No departure tax as it is charged on the Dutch side. You go from France to France! You land in Gustavia, the picturesque port town of St. Barth. Contrary to common opinion, St. Barth has not only high priced food and drinks to offer. It all depends, where you go to. Our recommendation: Cocoloba Beach!
  • Go on a half day cruise, a so called shore trip, with Captain Morgan. Great time, and the rate is around $85/person. They offer excellent service, great trip, and include many goodies!
  • Still too expensive? Go local! Wave one of the passenger vans, also called jitneys, to stop, board, and just go to the very end of its route. Locals going or coming from work share the ride with you. Typical rate per trip is $1 or $2. Go from Philipsburg towards French Quarter, change the bus, proceed to Grand Case, and Marigot, you may have to change again, and return from Marigot to Philipsburg, or any other direction and destination. This recommendation is for the more adventurous visitor!

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