Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Caribbean- St Thomas and St Maarten/Martin

First two days at sea had two stops. The first to St Thomas was unexpected as we were meant to be in St Croix! High waves meant access to St Croix was not possible and hence the re-routing.

Sadly a lot of the islands were very badly damaged during Irma and in some case also Maria. Also cruise terminals in this part of the work tend to be very full of jewellery shops – and no I haven’t bought anything. You can have too much of a good thing.

I did find a synagogue in St Thomas which I think was the nicest building I saw. Note special parking for the rabbi below. And the impressive iguana near the docks who greeted us on arrival.

St Thomas

Next day we visited St Maarten/Martin part owned by the Dutch and part by the French. Most ships dock on the Dutch side but the French side (a 15 minutes taxi ride from the cruise terminal) is prettier although far more badly impacted by the hurricane with many shops and restaurants yet to re-open. I hope it picks up again as it has charm.

Puerto Rico- two days in downtown San Juan

Visiting PR for the first time in 15 years and of course after the recent devastating hurricane. Decided to stay downtown in the capital of San Juan at the converted convent hotel – El Convento. Lovely old building and very central for walking to all the interesting spots. Very limited damage from the hurricane to be seen in San Juan – just the odd lamp post that no longer has a lamp – but flying over on arrival it was easier to see some areas that still need to be repaired.

There are lovely colonial style buildings all around the capital – basically pick a colour and you will find a building to match. These buildings really give the place character.

Given Puerto Rico is a cruise port (I’m picking one up shortly for the Caribbean) there are also plenty of opportunities for cocktails on rooftop bars and shopping as well as taking in some of the Art Deco Buildings

And if you’re into history then the castle and fort area along the seafront make for a nice way of getting some exercise.