The port is St Johns. Unfortunately, there are the usual cruise sponsored jewellery and other shop areas to wade through in an attempt to see what there is to see of the city itself. Once even a couple of blocks away from the port the sense of the neighbourhoods, the dress of the people and the fanciness of the cars rapidly disappears.

Just like in St Maartens – tourism, especially the cruise ships, forms the backbone of the industry and income of the area. Agriculture accounts only for a small amount and there is minimal manufacturing. Fishing doesn’t even seem to be all that popular.

I skipped the tours, the beaches and did not risk taking the public bus across the island as we had a 1300 departure. Nothing like a risk of getting left behind to increase anxiety.

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