We celebrated a milestone anniversary by going to Grand Turk, St Thomas, St Maarten and San Juan.
They were breathtakingly beautiful islands, and granted I had some favorites over others, nevertheless here's some of my favorites from the islands and my impressions...let yourself be whisked away...
GRAND TURK as small and ruggedly beautiful as it was, just didn't have a lot to offer. We took a cab to see the island and the lighthouse on the other end, then strolled down to the southernmost beach and walked among the conch shells.
ST THOMAS - absolutely beautiful when you enter the harbor of Charlotte Amalie - it literally greets you. Again we hired a cab to take us past the highlights, not so much the island but he took us to Mountain Top which served a delicious banana daiquiri, and then to Drake's Seat. Upon return to Charlotte Amalie we asked to be dropped off in town and it was closing time so we ended up just strolling the streets (walked up 99 steps to Blackbeard's castle) and then took the tram up to Paradise Point just as the sun was setting...absolutely beautiful!
ST MAARTEN - my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE island thus far. If I ever got a chance to go back, you bet this will be my top choice! I had hired a company to take us on a full island tour and our guide did not disappoint. Got to see both side of the island; stopped in both Marigot on the French side and Maho Beach (with low flying planes) for an hour in addition to the great tour. We had a GREAT time. Got dropped off per request in Philipsburg and did some street shopping. I can't rave enough about this port...we'll definitely be back one day!
San Juan was our last stop. It reminded me in parts of old Europe with the streets and old buildings. Very colorful and felt very safe (cops on every street corner). We opted for a self guided walking tour and hit the outside walls, a fountain, San Juan gate and the fort then just meandered through the streets. A good day, could probably consider flying in for a future cruise so we get some more time there.