We are going on a 13-day Caribbean cruise Jan 20-Feb1, 2013. Like many people, we don't want to pay for the unreasonably overpriced cruise ship excursions and would much rather prefer paying straight to the local tour companies or just rent a car and see the island ourselves (we KNOW the risks involved!).
So here come the questions:
*Could you give us suggestions for the best local companies on each island?
*Do we need to book in advance or we can just look for them at the port once docked?
*Maybe the island is simple enough to just rent a car ourselves? *Also, is there something special / different that we shouldn't miss, e.g., gorgeous rainforest / huge waterfall / best snorkeling / white sand beaches / palm lined waterfronts etc?
We are both active people and put emphasis on nature instead of historic buildings or shopping.
Here are the ports:
Wed Jan 23 3pm - 10pm San Juan, Puerto Rico
Thu Jan 24 8am - 6pm St Thomas, USVI
Fri Jan 25 8am - 6pm Philipsburg, St Maarten
Sat Jan 26 8am - 6pm St Lucia
Sun Jan 27 8am - 4pm Bridgetown, Barbados
Mon Jan 28 9am - 6pm St John's, Antigua.