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Best way to get to "Half moon bay" from Cruise port?

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Best way to get to "Half moon bay" from Cruise port?

We will be in Antigua in March of 2014 on Royal caribbeans "Adventure of the seas" for one day. I have been researching what to do for the day, and spending some time at "Half moon bay" could be a great idea. Not sure if the ship offers transportation to "Half moon", but I would rather get there on my own anyway. What's the best way to get there and spend some time there? I will be with my wife and 8 year old son. We would be interested in snorkeling, and renting a jet ski for a short ride. Would we be likely to find any jet ski rentals? How is the snorkeling there? About how much would it be to hire a taxi or tour van for the afternoon?

I will appreciate all comments!!!

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1. Re: Best way to get to "Half moon bay" from Cruise port?

To answer some of your questions - there are no jet skis at Half Moon Bay, in fact there is nothing there at all, apart from Smilin Harry's bar which is just back up the road a little way, and well worth a visit. I believe there is some decent snorkelling on the calmer left hand side of the bay as you look out to sea, but you would need to take your own equipment. In essence, it is a totally unspoilt, uncommercialised area with no facilities. But beautiful!

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2. Re: Best way to get to "Half moon bay" from Cruise port?

To reiterate what antigualover said - there are no jet skis, or ANY facitilites at Half Moon Bay, save Smiling Harry's which is a very basic beach bar. If you are intending on snorkelling there, you'll have to bring your own equipment. There is a bit of snorkelling on the extreme left, which is far more calm than the rest of the bay and protected by rocks/coral.

If you want to get out there, the best way is to take a taxi, which will cost roughly 28 US one way, double that for return. It's about a 45 minute drive, give or take 15 minutes depending on traffic, so ensure that you have plenty of time for the taxi to pick you up when you're ready to leave.

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It sounds like it will cost me about a hundred american dollars for a round trip. I'm assuming that the cab driver would leave after he drops us off. How then do I get a cab to come pick us up? Perhaps it would be better to rent a car? Are there any car rental companies within walking distance of the cruise port?

Thanks!

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Double 28 US$ makes 56 dollars, so that will be the return fare. The best thing to do is to ask the taxi driver to come back for you at a set time, and don't pay him until you get back to the cruise port. The taxi drivers are pretty much all decent folk, I believe.

In all honesty, you probably wouldn't want to spend more than 2/3 hours at Half Moon, especially with a young child. There is no shade apart from the smallish trees which line the beach, there is just one basic toilet at Harry's. You might want to stop off and eat at Harry's, but don't expect McDonald's!! The food is fine, though.

I wouldn't recommend hiring a car just for the day. You have to buy a local licence which adds to the cost, and you will probably find the roads and signage difficult. Nothing worse than not being able to find your way back to the ship and seeing it sail off without you!

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I hope you don't speak from experience about watching your cruise ship sail away! I am till getting my mind wrapped around what to do the day we are in this port. I may do a more general post and ask people what to do for the day, and how to do it....I may even word it like that.

Thanks.

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6. Re: Best way to get to "Half moon bay" from Cruise port?

For just 1 day, I would go for a Extreme Circumnavigation tour with Adventure Antigua. This will take you around the whole island by a custom made speed boat, get you swimming with the stingrays at stingray city, and snorkeling too .. With lunch and all equipment provided. It's not cheap! Especially not for 3 ($170 per person) ... But I don't think you will get a better day out from the cruise ship.

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I wouldn't necessarily write off the rental car for a day thing... we got a very nice Suzuki SUV last year for the day and went all over the place with it. The company (Tropical, and we were very happy with them) delivered the car to Sandals at 9 am... well, 9:20, but that's island time for you. The day license I believe was $20 and the car was less than $100 for a nearly brand new 4 door SUV. The rep also gave us a map and a few hints about how to get around downtown St. John.

We stopped at Jolly Harbor for a bit, stopped at Valley Church, hung out on Frye's Beach down from CocoBay (absolutely stunning, gorgeous and empty), had a couple of beers at Dennis' Bar on the hill, stopped at Darkwood Beach, wandered all over English Harbor and Nelson's Dockyard,and had a great lunch and water taxi ride at Salty Dog's, up to Shirley Heights for the signature photo and view, and then a nice ride back up to and through St. John. It was a great day, and we are doing it again in March to ride around the rest of the island.

We stopped in a couple of roadside stores that were certainly out of what might be called the tourist zone and were welcomed in all of them (husband of the couple with us was in search of a good cigar). Other than everyone in the car yelling at me to get over to the left every time we got back in the car, it was just great. Once you remember that whole left side thing it's easy to get used to (I've done it plenty of times before).

Antigua isn't that tough to get around, and if you just spend a little time on Google Earth before you go and get that sort of satellite view understanding of the place, it's pretty easy. I suppose I would check to see just how many cruise ships are in that day... we went on a day when there were none, and the roads outside St. John's were nearly empty.

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Oops, here's the pictures to prove it:

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Great pictures!

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