No excursion necessary. Just walk off the boat and sit in the sun, snorkel, walk down to Jack's Shack, etc.
Visited: Mar 18, 2017
I highly recommend walking down the beach to Jacks Shack. We stopped at Margaritaville for one drink but the prices were crazy so we walked to Jacks Shack and we had a blast! Reasonable prices, yummy drinks, and delicious food....We honestly can't wait to go back
I did the Taste of Grand Turk excursion. The bus took us all over the island and the guide told us the history of everything we saw. I had a stacked plate of local food, and I do mean stacked high. I didn’t leave hungry. We had some beach time, and the water was great relief from the oppressive sun. I love learning the history of the places I visit, but I know it’s not for everyone. The guide was brutally honest with us, which I appreciated. Anything natural on Grand Turk is so beautiful. The water, the trees, the Cactuses, and the beaches are wonderful. The human settlements however, have seen better days. While the islanders maintain their optimism about rebuilding, and try to show tourists a good time, I got the sense that they were inwardly depressed about the state of their historic buildings which are battered by years of hurricane winds. I wish I could do more to help them out, cause the majority of locals are so laid back and enjoy a sly sense of humor with visitors. Even the homeless took the time to welcome me to their home. I can see why people might be put off by the state of the towns, but just remember that the people are doing the best with what little resources their governments give them. Honestly I think Carnival does more for their economy, than their elected officials ever did.
Grand Turk is my favorite place to do nothing, we laid out on the beach under an umbrella eating a massive plate of nachos from Margaritaville, drinking 2 for $5 cups of rum punch and an order of jerk chicken from jack's shack. This was the perfect port for our last stop as all we wanted to do was just chill and unwind.
Visited: Jul 29, 2017
Grand Turk was the first port on our trip. With the sun shining on the gorgeous white sand beach, I stood on the balcony of our state room and soaked in the amazing Caribbean landscape. It was all we had dreamed that a tropical island would look like. We didn't book an excursion, choosing instead to just walk the beach and shops. We had a great time. My wife (and many on the ship) got her hair braided by a local. It was a nice, inexpensive treat. My brother took his family on the catamaran/snorkel excursion and his description of it afterward made me take note to make sure I book that next time. It sounded amazing. Grand Turk was, hands down, the best island on our trip. I highly recommend it.
This is my 3rd trip to Grand Turk and love it as a really nice beach right off the boat, (technically you could jump off the boat and you're in the swimming area-I don't recommend it). We like to get off the ship and go to Jimmy Buffets for a nice lunch. I usually get the calamari and a burger, with a very nice and strong pina colada. After that we secure a free chaise lounge chair and bask in the sun while taking periodic dips in the water, usually nice and warm where I dive in all the way. I don't care to take any excursion, but the pools at Jimmy Buffets are really nice and there are a few things to do there for a few hours. It's one of my favorite places, so it gets a 5-star.
OMG SO BEAUTIFUL THEIR DRINKS ARE AMAZING. THE WATER OMG THE WATER WAS BEAUTIFUL I GOT TO SEE STINGRAYS AND FISHES WITHOUT DOING AN EXCURSION LOL. THE WATER WAS PERFECT NOT OVERLY SALTY OR FULL OF SEAWEED IT WAS CLEAR WATER AND BEAUTIFUL.
Visited: Feb 23, 2017
Walk about 500 yds down the beach to the left!!!! Beach is super packed right at ship. We went to Jack's Shack. Paid $10 for two chairs and an umbrella 20 feet from the water, not crowded at all there. Best conch I have ever eaten. Great atmosphere and value. Water was watm, calm, and crystal clear!!!!
By FAR my favorite place I've ever visited IN MY LIFE!! Beautiful beaches awesome excursion with the conch shells and sting ray reasinable in price frienly laid back atmosphere the music in the streets, the relaxing clean beaches and everyone so willing to help. I could have spent my ehike trip on this island
Visited: Feb 18, 2017
Grand Turk arguably has the most gorgeous beaches in the Caribbean so I was excited to stop there. After passing through the obligatory shopping village at the pier (yet another cruise line built port), you could do a short walk right or left to beaches that are directly in front of the ship. If you did that you would be missing one of the most beautiful beaches ever! You can walk (although it’s pretty far, taxi or like we did - rent a golf cart and go down past Margaritaville and the beached shipwreck to Governors Beach. It’s crystal aqua water, white sandy beach (no snorkeling here - it’s all about that amazing water), and very few if anyone there. There are no facilities or food vendors here so plan accordingly but this beach is not to be missed. A little further into town there are several places to eat and a little straw market to grab souvenirs. Goats wander free and will walk right up to your vehicle so bring them apples from the buffet. After seeing Grand Turk I’m now plotting a visit to Grace Bay Providenciales so I can enjoy those beaches for a week.
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