Grand Turk

Cruising is such a great way to take a vacation. You have it all on a cruise. Lots of food, entertainment, and a place to sleep. Most cruise line crews are super friendly and take care of everything while on a cruise. Recently I was blessed with an opportunity to spend time with my family on a cruise to the Caribbean. One of the stops, better yet the last stop, was at Grand Turk.

Grand Turk is an island, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands. They are considered a “British Overseas Territory”. The island is the administrative, cultural and center, which is home to the capital of the territory, Cockburn Town. In 1962, John Glenn’s Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft landed in the vicinity. The island has a little historical display, right off the cruise terminal. I recommend you stop there if you are in the vicinity.

There are many activities centered at the cruise terminal, and if you don’t want to take any of the offered excursions on the small island, you will be fine. There is entertainment, access to the beach, shopping, and a bunch of restaurants. The famous “Jack’s Shack” is a very short walk up the beach. This bar and restaurant offer a casual beachfront setting, with highly rated food offerings.

Although there are many things to do at the terminal or cruise port as it is called, there are a few things to see other than the port. The beaches get crowded right next to the port.

Sunshine and I elected to go horseback riding. It seemed a little high-priced, but I think that is due to cost escalation everywhere. Not to mention, the island must import everything.

Our adventure started on these fine animals, as we road across the island from the coral to the beach. The guide, John, was great. Although we were not impressed by his photography skills, he was friendly and knowledgeable. This picture was captured by my smoking hot wife. (Thank you Sunshine)

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