Typically, people either like geocaching while cruising…or they don’t. Liz and I are on the fence though about it. While we love backpacking and going on our own, we also enjoy the carefree ways of cruising. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and relax on a leisurely cruise vacation; laying by the pool with a drink in our hands and feeling the wind on our face.
What can make a great cruise we think is getting off the boat and having an adventure on-land? Depending on where we are and which cruise port, we usually get off the boat no matter what. Even if it is a port that we have explored before, we usually get off the boat to check out the city and local food. If we decide to save money and not do a shore excursion, we usually go the save money and still have an adventure route of Geocaching.
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Cruising While Geocaching
Typically, people either like geocaching cruising…or they don’t. Liz and I are on the fence though. While we love backpacking and going on our own, we also enjoy the carefree ways of cruising. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and relax on a leisurely cruise vacation; laying by the pool with a drink in our hands and feeling the wind on our face.
Liz and I got married in Key West in October of 2012. And we had such a blow out the crazy fun weekend in The Florida Keys with our friends from all over the country, that we desperately needed some relaxation after the big weekend. So we decided to go on a cruise and let someone else plan our mini vacation for us.
One of the great things about cruising is that you get to visit multiple countries in a short amount of time. Of course, we wanted to mark off our geocaching countries list, so this was perfect; we could go geocaching while cruising! We did some research in advance of the ports we were going to visit and found a couple of geocaches that we might be able to get to. With our Garmin GPS unit loaded with the coordinates, we were set to go.
Our first stop was in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We knew this to be the home of Bob Marley and wanted to grab a geocache to remember our time in Jamaica. We hopped on a Bob Marley tour and headed up through the mountains to Nine Mile.
Halfway up into our mountain journey we pulled over at a restaurant for a bit of a break, and I was looking forward to having a Red Stripe beer. If you were wondering, yes the Red Stripe does taste a little bit better in Jamaica. And it’s a great beverage to wash down a snack of Jamaican patties, a pastry that contains various fillings and spices, baked inside a flaky shell – very tasty!
While we rested from our crazy venture up the mountains and deep into the heart of Jamaica, I pulled out our GPS. I thought that this could be a good place for a cache; and sure enough, we were able to get a smiley! Jamaica is checked off the list. Just another cool reason to remember Jamaica!
Our next stop was Grand Cayman Island, which appeared to be a lot more touristy than Ocho Rios. When we arrived in Georgetown, we immediately pulled up several caches on our Garmin GPS. There were tons of them here – awesome! We had signed up for a trip to go swimming with the famous Sting Rays, but we had a few minutes before we departed. It was perfect timing to find our first geocache in Grand Cayman and mark it off the list. There were actually so many geocaches in the area that it was difficult to decide which to go for, so we chose the one with the most favorite points.
We found the geocache right outside the cruise port exit, on a nearby monument. This one seemed easy enough, but it was cleverly hidden on the monument and made us think pretty hard! After carefully reading the clues and the history behind the monument/park area, we spotted the geocache. “I found it!” says Liz. Awesome. As soon as we signed the log we headed off to our adventure; swimming with our new friends, the Sting Rays.
Initially, people may not think that it’s possible to go geocaching while cruising, but they actually fit quite nicely with each other. Next time you go cruising, do a little research on your port of call, and hopefully, you can find a couple of fun geocaches nearby. This is a perfect way to grab a couple of fun international geocaches while enjoying a little bit of relaxation and adventure at the same time.