DO dress appropriately. It’s hot, yes, but it’s better to be layered than underdressed. Most of the island is very casual, but if you want to have a nicer meal then at the very least you’ll need a bathing suit cover-up (not a towel – yes, this happened).
DO visit at least one of the coffee shops on the many side streets and order something other than black coffee (though that’s good too) with a cake of some sort.
DON’T forget sunscreen.
DO plan to spend most of your trip along the water. If you’re not in it, you’re probably looking at it.
DON’T be too squeamish about the water (jellyfish, etc.), but do be careful.
DON’T rule out all of the sea life exhibits on principle without researching them or stopping by for a visit. They’re not all just after your money without proper treatment of their animals.
DO try one of the more “active” excursions available – paddle boarding, diving, jet skiing are all viable options that will leave your feeling more energized than drained.
DON’T spend the whole time lying in the sand (unless you’re an overworked person who finally booked your first vacation in 10 years, in which case, have at it).
DO avoid the port area on cruise ship days if you’re on the islands for more than a day or two.
DO watch out for the chickens. They’re everywhere and they aren’t afraid of humans.
DON’T miss out on fresh fish. It’s cheap and amazing.
DO try spices and sauces that you wouldn’t normally give a second thought based on appearance, scent, or most likely, both.
DO make it a point to explore what is under the sea’s surface, whether by glass-bottom boat or swimming it yourself.
– M. Ray Hall