The Boatyard is a bar on the beach just outside the town centre. It's walkable from the cruise terminal and takes about 20-30 minutes. Once there, there's a charge which includes a taxi back to the ship, your first drink, and use of the sunbeds, parasols, showers and loos etc. We got there in the afternoon last year, and I think the charge was about $10 each, which we thought was acceptable. Today we arrived at about 10am and they wanted $20 each. We'd said we didn't want a taxi back, but that didn't change anything so we turned around and left, and made our way to a beach entrance we'd seen earlier.
The Pirate Cove charged us $8 each. Admittedly, there was no free drink or taxi, but then, we didn't want them. We just wanted a lazy, lazy day on the beach and I need the parasol. That is exactly what we got. No photo's today, but I can tell you that the sand was white and the sea was blue and clear. We spent our day swimming, snorkelling and drying off on the loungers between swimming and snorkelling. We enjoyed a buffet style caribbean lunch of brown rice, beans, breadfruit and beef stew. The mashed breadfruit tasted like mashed potato, it was really nice. And we finished it all off with icecream. Idyllic. When it reached the time for us to go back, both Peter and I had turned a little pink, but not enough to be painful.
So now were nice and relaxed ready for the 5 sea days ahead before we get to the Azores. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather is going to be good for us.