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.
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.
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.
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.)
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”
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.)
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.