Ruby Princess – Day 6 – Grand Turk


I was excited to visit Grand Turk because I had not been to the Turks & Caicos before.  I’ve read about it and knew that the water was beautiful.  We rented a golf cart to explore the island on our own.  We just had to walk out of the cruise terminal and there was Nathan’s golf carts (and jeeps).  We got a quick lesson in how to drive it and we were off.  There was a man on a bicycle following us – I thought he was going to overtake us for awhile, but then we started up a slight incline and pulled away.  Whoo, that would have been embarassing.  We passed the airport.  Our hope was that we would find a great beach where we could do some swimming and hopefully see some fun fish.

We came to Landfall Beach and stopped and looked around.       There were some great shells and the view was nice, but we couldn’t swim because it was very rocky (big rocks) and it looked like it got deep pretty quickly.  When we got ready to leave, we had trouble getting the golf cart started.  It seemed to be flooded.  The good thing was, it was so light weight we could just push it into the shade and relax while we waited for it to recover.  Soon we were on the way again. 

We had a lot of fun riding around.  There were a lot of burros grazing around the island. 

We saw a group of about 8 – 10 horses just walking down the street. Lot’s of dogs – most of them looked pretty healthy, but there were a couple that were so thin they just broke my heart.  We went to the lighthouse – what a view from this spot.        

We drove through some neighborhoods and got chased by a couple of dogs – my niece and I were worried about losing a couple of toes.  Floor this cart, get us out of here!  There were some really nice houses on Grand Turk, and some that were not so nice.  The island itself is very flat and dry – I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back. 

After touring the island for a couple of hours, we headed back and dropped off the golf cart.  Then we headed to Jack’s Shack for our free shot of rum and a late lunch. 

Everyone in our group was pretty tired and not into the party atmosphere here, so after lunch we headed back towards the ship.  As we were heading back the sun was starting to go down – I was a little disappointed because there had been a couple of souvenir stalls on the beach that had closed up. 

I stopped and did a little shopping at the pier – I still needed a couple of things to bring home, like rum cake and cooking sauces (that reminds me, I still have a rum cake – need to take a quick break).  By the time I finished it had started pouring rain.  Oh, well, it’s warm rain.

A lot of people just stay on the beach near the cruise ships – there is a big Margaritaville with lots of beach chairs.  If I was on a cruise that stopped in Grand Turk again, I would probably just spend the day at the beach – probably Jack’s.

I’ve posted more pictures on my Facebook page if you’d like to see more scenery.

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Beaches – The Luxury Included Family Resorts


Beaches Resorts were designed with families in mind, where everyone can enjoy their own perfect paradise and where families can create lasting memories.  They have been voted World’s Best Family Resorts, and no wonder with all of the amenities included.  Just to mention a few:

  • Certified nannies, kids camps, dedicated tween programs
  • Teens programs including their own Beach Shack and Club Liquid with music, beach parties, and more
  • Adults only restaurants and nightclubs
  • Unlimited Xbox 360 Game Garage
  • The Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street including Character Breakfasts
  • Dive-In Movies
  • Red Lane Spas and state of the art fitness centers
  • Water Sports – including scuba
  • Pirates Island themed action-adventure waterpark
  • Programs for infants up to teens
  • Romance for the adults including private beach dining
  • Weddings
  • Exclusive Beaches Best Friends Forever Girls Getaways (includes welcome cocktail reception, skincare classes, island dance lessons, beach bonfire PJ party, sunset catamaran sail, farewell dinner)
  • Beaches are also Green Globe Certified
  • And of course your Luxury Included vacation includes all of your meals, snacks and drinks. 

Beaches Turks & Caicos is a tropical resort with international flair with a French Village, Italian Village and Caribbean Village.  Just over an hour from Miami, this jewel-like strand of islands strung close together in the brilliant turquoise seas.  In this paradise, flamingos outnumber residents and humpback whales are seen close to shore.

There are 7 swimming pools including a zero-entry pool with a waterfall, a kid-size pool for the little ones, swim up bars for the grownups, Pirates Island, and the half-acre fantasy pool in the Italian Village.  Beaches Turks & Caicos also offers an exclusive scuba programs for kids 8 and up.

With 30 room categories, there is something for every family here, with suites that sleep up to 14 people.  And with 16 restaurants to choose from, you will be able to satisfy the most discriminating appetites. 

Beaches Boscobel at Ocho Rios, Jamaica is truly a resort with something for everyone.  Set on a beautiful white sand beach at the base of the St. Ann Mountains, this resort does the impossible – it makes everyone happy.As always you have the spa, unlimited water sports and land activities, but you also get unlimited golf and green fees for the whole family and a golf camp for 8 – 16 year olds.  There are 12 room categories, 5 restaurants, and 4 pools. There is also great sightseeing and shopping nearby.  You can visit the magnificent Dunn’s River Falls, Swim with the Dolphins, and more.  

Beaches Negril is set on the widest part of Negril’s famous 7 mile beach.  Get ready to let go, let your hair down, and just relax.  Negril is known for it’s laid back atmosphere where no building is taller than the tallest palm tree.  This resort offers it all from exciting water sports, relaxing beach activities, and all of the amenities of the Luxury Included Beaches experience.  5 restaurants, 3 pools, 11 room categories and full exchange privileges with Beaches Sandy Bay. 

Beaches Sandy Bay in Negril, Jamaica offers carefree relaxation in Paradise.  Relax and leave the real world behind, this unhurried place is all about kicking back and enjoying the warmth and relaxation of the tropics.  This resort offers a more intimate experience with just 128 rooms in 9 room categories, 2 pools and 4 restaurants.  Although there is no water theme park here, with full exchange privileges at Beaches Negril you won’t miss a thing.  

No matter your age, when you visit one of the Beaches Resorts you will feel like it was designed just for you.  And it was!

Renewed my Certified Sandals Specialist


I attended a Sandals Workshop last Thursday to maintain my Certified Sandals Specialist status.  I love these workshops because they are so informative keeping us updated on what is new at each of the 22 resorts on 6 islands that are under the Sandals umbrella.  I thought I would share a little information about each resort with you because not everyone realizes that this company offers something for almost everyone.

There are 13 Sandals Luxury Included properties which cater to couples and stress romance; 4 Beaches Luxury Included properties which cater to families, singles and groups; 2 Royal Plantation resorts which offer a luxurious, boutique style resort; 2 Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts which make Paradise affordable; and the Royal Plantation Villas – Butch Stewart’s private estates which he makes available for rent, old world Jamaican charm in a luxurious and pampering environment.

All of the Sandals branded resorts include water sports, both motorized and non-motorized.  Some resorts offer more than others, some of the most popular are water-skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, Glass-bottom boat tours, windsurfing, Aquatrykes – and best of all, Scuba – up to 2 dives a day for certified divers.  You can get resort-certified at most resorts and dive once a day.  Golf is included at some resorts.

Sandals is a great place for a Destination Wedding.  Sandals has teamed up with Martha Stewart and currently offers 6 different Wedding Packages, from the Beautiful Beginnings basic package which is free at most resorts, to the Island Paradise which offers a true Caribbean Sunset Wedding experience.  Brides choosing this package get priority for the prime time sunset times.  There are also Renewal of Vows packages available.  These packages are available at all Sandals and Beaches properties. 

I am going to give a brief update on each property in the next few days, so keep checking back to read about your favorite!