Good new! Cruising and vacationing with college kids is pretty much the same as cruising and vacationing with retired folk. Our boat was full of college kids on spring break who spent a couple of days on the island with us. Parents will be happy to know that the college group were polite, well-behaved, and responsible. At least as responsible as us older folk.
There were a few sad, creepy older people who wanted to pretend they were college kids. But we were all there for the same thing: sitting by the pool, white sand beaches, sun and surf. Everyone was at peace. The ocean was a little rough, and all the water activities were canceled for the first 3 days we were there. Except for playing tag with the surf, we stayed out of the ocean. Long walks on the beach were heavenly, in the early morning on freshly groomed sand when the college kids were recovering from their night of partying, in the afternoon when sand sculptures were built (way beyond simple castles), at night when the beach was deserted and the stars shown brightly in the dark night.
The really nice thing about being older is that you have a little money for excursions. The water activities were canceled for the first three days due to strong winds and rough seas. Instead we went to a bonfire at Taino Beach with a Bahamian buffet, including an open beach bar, and fun get to know you games.
We also visited the Garden of the Groves. The reproduction of a historic chapel, and plants gathered from around the globe, and several waterfalls and bodies of water on this island with no natural bodies of fresh water made this garden a refreshing treat.
The third day, we were able to go deep sea fishing. The seas were still a little rough, and I ended up leaning over the side, but all that was forgotten when we got a bite. The fish was so large it lifted me from my chair and I called for hubby, but after a powerful jump that gave us a glimpse of our fish, it broke the line and swam away. One couple in our boat managed to land their Mahi Mahi and invited us for dinner. It was a wonderful evening.
This break from routine provided much needed respite from the stress and strains of everyday life. We came home feeling wonderful, and exhausted. But like Dorothy says in The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”