Family w/older children Experience:
1 cruise (first)
Bon Voyage Magazine
Took day pass$12.00(which gave option to transfer around island at no extra cost) and travelled to Hamilton by bus 40 minutes and took ferry back 20 minutes. Did walking tour of Hamilton and came back and enjoyed Dockyard hidden beach and shops. All very nice and civilized.
We went to Horseshoe Bay Beach. Save your $$ and take the bus at the end of the pier ($8 round trip), rather than paying $34 for the excusion. If you get a good driver like we had coming back, they'll tell you all about the island and point out things of interest along the way.
The cruise line should avoid going into this port on Sundays - this really limited the options for the passengers. If you want to hire your own cab to tour the island, don't expect one to agree to do this ship-side, you'll have to take the ferry across the bay to try to find one in the city; the cab drivers ship-side would rather move passengers between the ship and beaches to increase their income.
Take the ferry to Hamilton and spend a few hours souvenir shopping there, eating lunch at Portofino's pizza, and enjoying the beautiful buildings!
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