We just got back from our Holland America Line Southern Caribbean Cruise a few weeks ago and we are already the missing sun, sand, and endless Coronas. We spent a full 7 days exploring the southern Caribbean and sailed to four different ports — Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. If you’ve ever thought about taking a cruise for a vacation or just want to hear about our experiences at the ports, feel free to keep reading or checking out our travel diary vlog!
Next port — San Juan! I have to say, San Juan really surprised me. I thought I would like it, but I ended up LOVING San Juan. Out of all the ports we went, it was by far my favorite. We were in San Juan all afternoon and evening which made the entire experience even cooler. We got to see the city come alive at night which you normally don’t get on a cruise. We started our day walking. Lots and LOTS of walking. We walked all the way from the port and around the edge of the island to the old fort on the far side of the island. Built in the 1400s, it was so cool walking around and seeing the history there. It made us really want to go to Europe (next big trip, Greer? 😉) We then needed drinks…because vacation. We ended up at Punta de Vista, a rooftop restaurant and bar with THE BEST mojitos I have ever had. And their happy hour is buy one, get one free! Sign me up! We then went to dinner at El Jibarito, a classic San Juan food joint. It was incredible. We then walked around the city and stopped at a few different bars along the way for rum punches and mojitos. San Juan, we will see you again.
Next on the list is St. Thomas. I’ve always wanted to go to St. Thomas and it didn’t disappoint. We took a cab to Charlotte-Amalie and walked around downtown. We stopped at an outdoor bar for none other than a Corona and asked the bartender the best beach to go to. Magens Beach is super popular, it we didn’t know if there wasn’t a better, more local beach. She recommended Secret Harbor so we headed on down to the southeast end of the island to Secret Harbor. We set ourselves up on the beach and rented some snorkeling gear. Pro tip: it was WAY cheaper than an excursion cost. We snorkeled around Secret Harbor for more than an hour around the coral reefs. We met a friend, a little baby sea turtle. We could’ve watched him swim around and hang out for HOURS. After snorkeling and relaxing on the beach, we stopped at the beach bar for you guessed it — a drink!! It’s vacation, give us a break! Overall, St. Thomas was such a cool place. I hope our sea turtle is still relaxing and hanging out at Secret Harbor.
The last day and the last port — Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. It’s the private island owned by Carnival and it was pretty cool. For the most part, it was just a beach with a ton of bars but the water was SO blue and the sand was so soft. We spent our day here just relaxing. It was glorious.
Overall, we are super happy with the trip. We both ended up enjoying spending so much time together and both got great tans. I can’t wait to go on our next adventure together. Where should we go next? What are your favorite places to visit? Let me know in the comments below. And for more travel posts, head over to our Travel page.