We chose the Sailboat/Snorkeling tour where we would be swimming with turtles. Only one turtle showed up and it was sad to see crowds of people hovering over him. We had to swim to shore, as the boat was anchored off the beach. Not many people were willing to risk the rather long swim. We did see the hotel where Tiger Woods got married.
We took a Safari excursion in an open air jeep. This was the best part of the trip! This wonderful guide took us up into the mountains, showed us the "back country", led us through a forest, stopped at a natural pool where we could swim, and finally, gave us a peek of an authentic village, where we met local people. The guide's personality was so engaging and he was extremely informative, especially about the island's natrual resources.
Shopping was a blast. Main Street had too many jewelry stores, but we found some charming little alleys and unusual shops with very high quality merchandise. Prices were higher than we expected, but at least, we didn't pay sales tax.
Cruises bring crowds, of course, but The Baths at Virgin Gorda was an environmentalist 's nightmare. I have never seen so many fat Americans with screaming children in my life! The huge boulders were impossible to photograph with the crowds milling about. The trek through the caves very very time consuming because people were coming from the opposite direction and we had to wait endlessly. It was horrible.
Pros: In the back of the ship, we found a wonderful hideaway: a small pool, surrounded by chairs and on the next level tables and chairs. There we relaxed completely and really enjoyed the quiet and the wonderful scenery of the islands.
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