Monthly Archives: August 2016

Turks and Caicos – Grand Turk

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For the first in my travel pieces, I decided to start with Grand Turk. Mainly because I thought it was an absolutely beautiful location and if you are docked there on a Carnival cruise ship, like we were, there is a lot of stuff at your fingertips for free, without an excursion.

We went in 2014 and it was the first time for us. Pulling up to this little island, we really didn’t know what to expect.  We were pretty shocked when our boat docked so close to the shoreline.

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Grand Turk, From The Carnival Sunshine

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View of Margaritaville in Grand Turk, from Carnival Sunshine

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Grand Turk

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Grand Turk

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Grand Turk, Margaritaville

It was a stop on our Carnival Cruise and through the cruise line we rented a Cabana at Margaritaville for the day.  We absolutely loved it, but they are limited and sell out fast. So, if you are booking a cruise make sure you get your cabana early, if that is something you are interested in doing. It is air conditioned inside and you get a key so you can lock up your belongings if you want to go explore the shops and island.

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Margaritaville Cabana – Grand Turk

But, even if we didn’t have the cabana there is so much free of charge, that it would have been fine with us. Just outside the Cabana doors is the Margaritaville pool. It is free! All you have to do is grab a chair and you are set for a couple hours or all day, however long you want. I will say this, early in the day is best because it does fill up quickly. We got off early and had a couple hours before it got very busy.

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk – Busy Time

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk – Early

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk – Early

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk – Early

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk

Yes, that is our boat in the distance. See what I mean about us being so close to shore!

If the pool is not your thing and you are looking for something beachy. Well, have no fear because the beach chairs at Margaritaville are also free. (I have heard some say since we went in 2014 that you had to rent them now, but I am not sure if that is true or not.)

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk

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Margaritaville – Grand Turk

I will warn that the sand in the ocean here on this side is made up of lots of small shell fragments, it is not the softest sand, but my little one didn’t seem to mind that much!

There is lots of talk about Jack’s Shack, which is just a short walk down the beach. We didn’t make it out there this time but next time it is definitely something we will check out.

We did head out the other way on the island towards what is called “The Conch Shell Graveyard”

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Grand Turk, Headed towards The Conch Graveyard

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Grand Turk, Headed towards The Conch Graveyard

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Grand Turk, Headed towards The Conch Graveyard

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Grand Turk, Headed towards The Conch Graveyard

We didn’t make it very far with the 4 year old because it was pretty rocky. But, if you travel a little further there are tons of shells to choose from, but we did still manage to find a couple pretty nice conch’s. This is also one of the few places where Carnival will allow you to bring your shells back on the boat. (I would highly suggest that you bring large Zip Lock bags, just in case your conch still has some leftover critter inside – I’m told that can get pretty smelly.)

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Look at that drop off… No wonder we could pull so close to shore!

The only thing I regret is we didn’t walk inside one shop in Grand Turk. Not even inside Margaritaville. We were having so much fun that we didn’t even really think about it until it was time to get back on the boat.

I hope this has been a little entertaining and maybe a little helpful. Obviously, there are a lot of things do in Grand Turk, (click the link for the tourism page) but we had a great day just swimming. If your headed out that way, give Jimmy Buffet a high five for me.

 

 

Fun and the Giraffe Feeding!!

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In response to The Daily Post weekly Photo Challenge!

What is more fun than watching your child feed the Giraffes?
I will tell you what, NOTHING!

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Recently, I have helped a couple friends with booking their cruise and answering questions. One of them is about to be going on their honeymoon, plus they are first time cruisers. Both couples have asked why I wasn’t a travel agent, lol! I have so many tips and tricks and details I am sharing with them about their upcoming trip. While I can’t help out on all kinds of travel, I do know a little something about cruising… well, at least cruising on Carnival because as of yet that is the only line we have cruised on.

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But, it got me to thinking. I may not be a travel agent (actually no desire) but that doesn’t mean I can’t share my information, tips and advice to other travelers, cruisers, Disney vacationers. So I am working on creating a new tab on the blog for Travel.

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I intend to put tips and tricks for cruising, details and information on ports and excursions we have went on, Disney tips and tricks we have learned along the way.

I hope I can give some good advice and information on places where we have… been there done that…

If you have a particular question about cruising, ports, or Disney feel free to ask and if I don’t know the answer I will do my best to find out for you.

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But seriously! Look at that face! That is the face of a doll who thought feeding the giraffes was the most fun thing she had ever done!