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My five favorite ports
After all of the hurricane damage that we’ve seen lately, I got to thinking about the ports I’ve been too, and which ones I liked the best. Below I’m going to list my five favorites, and why they are my favorites. Two of them have had major hurricane damage, so I hope that they recover quickly. I know that they need our tourist dollars to thrive again.
In order of favorite first:
1. St. Martin
I absolutely love the island of St. Martin. We’ve been there twice now, and I’ve loved both times. I think that my favorite part of St. Martin is the town of Marigot on the French side, although the drive around the island is very interesting also, and the views from the tops of the hills are beautiful. I love the Straw Market in Marigot, and the little shops along the waterfront. I’ve found the best prices on Rum in Marigot also.
When it comes to eating in Marigot, Sarafina’s has the best sandwiches around. Another thing that I love in St. Martin is Maho Beach. It’s a lot of fun to watch the crazy tourists hanging onto the fence while the planes are getting ready to take off. The beach is pretty crowded, but it’s such a great photo opportunity, catching the planes as they come right over your head to land at the airport.
2. Puerto Rico
I love history, and Puerto Rico has so much history. It’s so much fun to explore Old San Juan. You can explore both forts for only $5 altogether, plus there are plenty of old churches and building to explore. You get a feel of what Old San Juan was like when it was brand new, with the cobblestone streets and colorful houses.
And the views are magnificent. On top of that, you can get some delicious Puerto Rican food, and shop at American stores, such as CVS, to get anything that you may have ran out of or forgot to pack.
Belize City at the port isn’t really a place that you’d want to visit. It’s kind of run down, and a lot of the houses have bars on the windows. Didn’t feel like the safest place ever.
But we took an excursion to the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. Try and pronounce that one! It was a wonderful excursion. You first take a small boat across the river to the ruins, then a van takes you to the top of the hill. It’s quite an extensive ruin, and you can climb to the top and see all the way to Guatamala. I love the history of the Mayan people.
After that we went through a Belize city and stopped for some authentic Belizian food which was delicious. They had the best hot sauce, wish I’d bought more. I need to go back!
Again, the port at Falmouth where we docked wasn’t the best part of Jamaica. Prices were high at the actual port, and the area of Falmouth outside the port was scary. I wouldn’t even go out there, I stayed in the gated area. But, we took an excursion to a plantation house and the Martha Brae river, and discovered that Jamaica is a very beautiful country. I’d go back again, but I’d definitely take an excursion. I hear that Ocho Rios is a better port than Falmouth.
5. Key West
We’ve only been to Key West once, but I loved the feel of it. So laid back. You’ve got to try the chocolate covered key lime pie at Kermit’s. Wonderful! If we ever go back, we’ll take the Conch train around the island to see more. This time we walked along Duvall Street and saw all the shops, but we missed the Hemingway house and the six toed cats.