By Pam Asberry
Our second stop on our southern Caribbean cruise was the port city of La Romana, Dominican Republic.
My son and I decided to spend the day on the Bayahibe Beach Break, relaxing underneath the palm trees at the five-star BeLive resort.
Cloudy and gray, it wasn’t perfect beach weather.
But the palm trees provided great shelter from the intermittent rainfall.
And the open bar didn’t hurt either.
The next morning, our ship docked in Curacao. Curacao is a self-governing part of the Netherlands with a multi-cultural population with Duth, Papiamentu and English as official languages. It is also a major tourist destination boasting white beaches and beautiful waters.
Wanting to see as much of the island as possible in the short time we spent there, we opted for the ship-sponsored Discover Curacao Island Tour. Our first stop was the Curacao Museum, which features the works of well-known local contemporary artists along with objects representative of life in Curacao dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
From the museum, we ventured to Chobolobo, to see how the famous Blue Curacao liqueur is made and sample the wares.
Our last stop was the Hato Caves,
a dramatic collection of grottos filled with stalactites, stalagmites and crystal clear pools.
All too soon our tour was over.
We had just enough time to stop at the local Starbucks for a spot of Wi-Fi and a souvenir mug
before heading back to the beautiful Carnival Freedom and a good night’s sleep before our final port day.
Come back next Friday and travel with us to our favorite port of the entire cruise, Aruba!