Carnival Cruise Shore Excursion #3: Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands

Our third and final stop on our Carnival cruise was Grand Turk and honestly…it was our least favorite port. Partly because we were exhausted from two back to back beach days and both Mike and I were sun burned {ouch!}. Partly because we had been seriously spoiled from the absolute beauty of both Blue Lagoon Island and Half Moon Cay. Don’t get me wrong…Grand Turk is very pretty. The water is clear and there are beautiful coconut trees lining the beach…

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but…our other two stops were SO MAGNIFICENTLY BEAUTIFUL. Maybe if we’d stopped at Grand Turk first then our experience would have been different? Either way…don’t let me discourage you from Grand Turk. Like I said it is a beautiful place and getting to the beach area is super quick and easy so that is a huge plus. The ship docks right there and all you have to do is walk down a short pier to reach the beach. Easy peasy!

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For those of you who like to shop…there is shopping aplenty in Grand Turk! Diamonds, gemstones, jewelry, handcrafted souvenirs, apparel, duty-free shopping, and much…much more. I think I read that the Grand Turk shopping center is like 45,000 square feet!

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For the thrill seekers, you have to check out the FlowRider! It is basically a surfing ride that creates an artificial wave utilizing a pair of high-pressure water jets that produce a thin, two- to three-inch layer of water moving over a pre-formed and cushioned surface at high speed.

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Or, you can lounge by the pool at the famous Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville! You can use their pool free of charge and they of course serve food, drinks, cocktails and more so this is a great place to just kick back and relax the day away.

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I think that if we’d rented one of Margaritaville’s Poolside Cabanas, we would have had a much better day in Grand Turk! Check it out:

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– Air-conditioned, private poolside cabana
– Up to four people
– Outdoor shower
– Private deck with loungers
– Waiter service from Margaritaville Restaurant
– $129 per day.  You rent these through the Shore Excursions desk on the Carnival cruise ship.

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Comments

  1. Looks like a really nice place to stop along the way. Hope eventhough you were burnt you had a great day.