Mom And Son Water Slide
  • On Jan 8, 2014
    Jamie from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    In San Juan and St Maarten, will we be able to just go / walk to the beach without booking one of the port adventures? Or are the beaches only accessible through the port adventures? Thanks for all of your expertise!

    Hi Jamie, I'm glad you stopped back with a follow up question to your question about San Juan adventures. 

    If you're looking for one one beach day Port Adventure, I suggest taking it in St. Maarten! While you can certainly take a taxi to a beach nearby the pier, for a pretty reasonable fee, there are some great Disney Port Adventures to beaches there. I recommend the Afternoon Beach Bash on Orient Bay. Plus, complimentary fruit punch for the kiddos and rum punch for the grown-ups is included all afternoon! Now, that's a plus, right?

    Since you'll enjoy a beach in St. Maarten and of course the best beach of all at Castaway Cay, you might consider spending your San Juan day exploring the culture and history of this old city on your own. The nice thing about this port is that just a few hundred yards from the pier you can explore the city, including Castillo San Cristobal. I loved my visit to San Juan and really learned quite a bit as I strolled those city streets an explored the castle fortress. Plus, you'll be free to explore on your own, take in some shopping, eat at a local spot and head back to the ship whenever you're ready. If you do decide to take a more formal Port Adventure incorporating the history and culture of the city, I recommend the Castillo San Cristobal featuring the Youth Activity. The whole family will join a guide for the first part of the tour, then kids get to stay with youth counselors from the ship to do their own mason work craft while parents get an hour to shop or explore on their own. This is a win-win for everyone! 

    I hope those ideas help as you continue planning! Hope to see you back again with further questions!  
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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