We normally do not sign up for the ship sponsored excursions. We usually travel with at least six other people and we find that we do better on our own. At Santo Tomas, we took a Happy Fish boat tour to an ancient castle. The castle itself was a let-down - it was only a "drive-by" because of time constraints. But the trip itself was breathtaking. I felt like I was riding through a very beautiful movie! This island is surprising because there are so few roads. Most of the people that live there get around by boat. We stopped in the small town of Livingston, which really gives you an idea of how people live there. We witnessed several women washing their clothes at the outdoor laundry, which consists of several concrete sinks. Caution: the few bathrooms are primitive and the boat ride is long. We felt like it was well worth it.
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