When choosing excursions, do you prefer a relaxing day on a beach, an informative historical tour or an exhilerating one like zip lining through a jungle?
Excursions - Relaxing, Informative, Exhilerating?
The first time we visited Mexico together, we took a tour to Tullum to see the ruins, but most of the time we prefer a day at a beach to soak up some warm sunny rays. Our winters are really dreary and cloudy so spending a week or two in the sun as much as possible is just what we need.
I prefer Historical where I can learn something. I live in the Los Angeles area and I have sunny beaches almost every day so it is no treat for me. My favorite destination is Europe for the history, buildings, art and food.
I prefer historical informative type tours.
I enjoy learning the history and culture of places we visit. I also love the fun and exciting stuff, although I am long past my daredevil days (physically, not mentally ),
Since I live on the beach, I always look for a overview tour of the place I am visiting. Once I have seeing the highlights and have re-visited places that i wanted to see in depth, I might then spend some time on the beach.
On some islands, we've had a tour bus driver tell us some of the history of the island as we were going to the beach and bad, which was great. The best driver we had for this, was on our beach excursion on St Marten that we booked through Cruiseline.com/ShoreFox.
The few times I actually take an excursion, they are either to historical areas (Mayan ruins) or nature related.
Usually, though, I just stroll the local area (not necessarily the immediate port area). We have found several good local restaurants that way, as well as some great shopping deals.
For me it heavily depends on where I'm going and whether I've been before. In the Mediterranean we did historical/sightseeing tours in every port in some form. On my recent Caribbean cruise, we did two ports with tours, and two where we had a beach day. The first beach day was Grand Turk because it's small and I'd heard great things about the beach there and Jack's Shack. In the Dominican Republic, we did an all-inclusive resort for our beach day because I had previously been to the DR and done some historical sightseeing then. Plus, La Romana is a very industrial port and an hour away from the capital (which I've already seen). I love learning about a place, seeing the sights, and taking pictures, but sometimes a relaxing beach day is great, too.
Much like the others, it depends on a number of things. Have we been there before, is the place known for historical things, is it more of a tourists attraction, etc. Often on a first visit to an Island, we will take a tour of the island so that the next visit we can do something we saw on the first tour. We do enjoy historical tours even on islands we've been before (like San Juan). We have done several snorkel adventures where the places are noted for their sea life. I'm not too adventurous, so zip lining sounds good... but it's unlikely you'll see me there.
If I can rent a motorcycle, I am a happy camper