Carnival Pride May 2017

Day 4: Grand Turk

Carnival Pride
The Carnival Pride in Grand Turk

Our first port of call, after 2 1/2 days at sea was the small island of Grand Turk. This was the port I was most excited about visiting. I’d read a lot about it and was happy to finally be there. We did not plan any excursions here, we just really wanted to go to the beach.  I had read about a place called “Jack’s Shack” that was a little bit further down the beach than the area right off the ship. It was more private, more fun and less crowded. Not to mention, the drinks were cheaper and the water was even clearer. We were lucky to be the only ship in port that day, so the only people on shore would be from our ship.

When we got off the ship, we wandered around the cruise port area and walked through some of the shops. We decided to make any purchases on our way back so we didn’t have to carry anything down the beach. We headed down to Jack’s Shack, it was around 9am. The walk was not that long. The photo above with the ship in the background (middle right side) shows about how far down the beach it was. Maybe 1/2 mile, not too bad. The weather was perfect and the sand was amazing. There were a lot of locals trying to sell us excursions along the way, but we just smiled and said no thank you.

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We finally arrived at Jack’s Shack. We were just about the first ones there. We sat at the bar for a while and had some bottled water. It was still early.

As the morning went on, we were joined by other fellow cruisers. We had some lovely adult beverages. I had a nice “imported” Coors Lite! (Well, I had many “imported” Coors Lites., but hey, we’re on vacation!)

Conch Fritters
Conch Fritters from Jack’s Shack

We ordered some local cuisine while we were there. These were the Conch Fritters. They were really good! They had a nice little spicy kick to them.

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We enjoyed a little time in the water too. The water was SO perfect.

And it wouldn’t be a visit to Jack’s Shack without a little “Topher” time! This dog is awesome. He’s the main draw, people come from all over the world to meet Topher. He’s fun, and cute and loves to dig for crabs. And boy, can he jump!

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And sadly, the day had to come to an end and we had to head back to the ship. I’m pretty sure that every cruise I go on from here on out will be required to stop in Grand Turk. We’ll be back next year, that’s for sure!

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This was one of the only photographs we bought on the cruise. It was a nice surprise and we loved that it was such a nice candid shot.

Our next port of call was Half Moon Cay. Stay tuned for the bluest water and the softest sand in the world.

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