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 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.