I’ve been absent for the past couple of weeks and I have missed you all!
Only a couple of things could have kept me from working on the flip house and reporting back to you all on the progress… I’ve been on an 8 day Caribbean cruise!
With all of the stress of the house and my regular job, this was just what I needed to get completely refreshed, rejuvenated and re-energized!!
This wasn’t my first cruise, the hubby and I try to go on one or two each year. It’s the only time we can put away all of the electronics, email, phones and just RELAX… and boy did we!
We went out on the Carnival Breeze… y’all… this ship is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! The entertainment staff (especially Ms. Zoe, Orlando and Shane), cruise director (Matt)… they are all second to none!
Our itinerary took us to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk.
Our first stop was St. Maarten, this was absolutely my favorite stop.
We walked out of the port and a taxi driver offered to take our group of 9 around the whole island and let us take our time and go where we wanted. He was a great tour guide! I wish I had gotten a photo of him.
While we were waiting for the cab to come around and pick us up, I saw this guy….staring at me…
Uggh… I hate reptiles. All. Of. Them.
Half of the island is Dutch and the other half is French. We docked on Dutch side and when you pass to the other side of the island, there are flags marking the line.
Our first stop was at a butterfly garden. I wasn’t expecting much and have never been a big butterfly person… but honestly, these were beautiful.
The owners and workers have a true passion for these little creatures. You can check out their website here and even get your own milkweed seeds to attract monarchs to your yard. They also have a location in Aruba!
From here we went to Orient Beach.
No pictures were taken at Orient Beach… the beach was beautiful and amazing and all of the beach chairs and umbrellas were picturesque.
Until the pretty blue umbrellas switched to yellow.
This apparently says “Hey! I’m a nude beach!” My poor child may never be the same.
We saw lots of old butts and old boobs. The kiddo kept his head turned, facing the blue umbrellas… but sometimes the butts moved over the line. At one point he said, “Mom, I’m blind!” LOL, I love his humor.
Once the guys in our group returned (they must have gotten lost on the yellow side looking for a bathroom), we were out of there.
The last stop was Maho Beach. This is THE BEACH to visit! Airplanes land right past the beach and people line up to get blown backward when the planes are preparing to take off.
We didn’t do that, but had a great laugh at all of the folks losing their towels and rolling down the hill from the force.
Here’s one of my boys. <3
The next stop was St. Kitts.
St. Kitts was absolutely beautiful. We tried to do the taxi thing again, but it was not as great of an experience. There were some beautiful views, like this one where the Atlantic Ocean can be seen on the left and the Caribbean Sea is on the right.
There are also MONKEYS…EVERYWHERE. The people here throw the monkeys on you and when you pull out your camera to take a picture, they say “you owe me $10”.
BTW, monkeys…are kind of a-holes… this one bit my husband right after this photo was snapped. I would have gotten a pic of that, but I was laughing too hard. 🙂
Our St. Kitts trip came to an end when our taxi overheated on the opposite side of the island and I had a small freak out about missing the boat. So we ditched our taxi tour and took another ride back to the boat.
Stop 3 was San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This is another place I would 100% love to go back to. The cobblestone streets, old European feel of the buildings, and amazing views were enough to reel me in and make me feel like I had stepped off the boat and right in to Spain.
I explored San Juan by myself and had only one real goal… to find the fort that everyone talks about. Guess what… less than a half a mile away from the port, I found it!
Castillo San Cristóbal
It was perfect!
Castillo San Cristóbal is part of the National Park Service and at only $5 for the entrance fee, you can’t go wrong. So much to explore!
Our last stop was Grand Turk, this was the only port that the hubby and I had been to before. When you walk off the port, you walk right straight in to one of the biggest Margaritavilles I have ever seen. Needless to say, their 5 o’clock Somewhere drinks had their way with me and zero pictures were taken. I did ride with the kiddo on an inner tube pulled behind one of the fastest speed boats ever. He looked over at me in the middle and said “Mom, you don’t look so good!” No kidding.
If you’ve never been on a cruise, I can’t recommend it enough. I’m not a “sit on the same beach for 8 days” kind of girl. I love waking up in new places, always having something to do, not worrying about cooking or cleaning up. That’s my kind of vacation, and the Carnival Breeze and their team made sure it was one to remember! Carnival has a new ship coming out next year, the Carnival Vista and I can’t wait to book that vacation!
I am in no way affiliated with Carnival Cruise Lines, I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this post. All opinions are my own… but if you are looking for a great vacation.. you can’t go wrong with Carnival!