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susanmaz 09-10-2006 04:01 PM

Our first stop will be at Grand Turk. Has anyone out there been snorkeling at Gibbs Cay and/or explored the town and/or used the beach right there at the cruise ship center for swimming and snorkeling?

SSUS_NJ 09-10-2006 04:46 PM

Hi Susanmaz... I too am dying to know. We're going to Grand Turk on the Westerdam for the first time in November...

I've heard some people say that the cruise ship center (built by Carnival) is a bit of a tourist trap... pricey. Food at Jimmy Buffet's is supposed to be expensive. Apparently, you can use the pool/chairs for free, but waiters come by encouraging orders. I've heard the beach is rocky there.

I think someone in one of the other posts recommended a taxi service on Grand Turk that takes you to a very nice beach for not much money.

I'll post the name if I can find it.


DSR 09-12-2006 07:00 AM

Grand Turk - Seems to me like a very untouched island. We were there in August -

Carnival did build the docking area - I have read that this cost was around $40 million. Many of the shops are not open. I didn't find anything that I wanted to buy.

For Jimmy Buffet's - if you are not a partier - get there early. We were there early - spent some fun time in the pool. But, by 1 or 2 the party really starts. The pool has about 1,500 people in it. Everyone has been drinking to much. Carvinal is pushing alot of this - the dancing was really uncalled for. You really think you are at some night club. Yes the chair are free but waiters are encouraging drinks.

For lunch at Jimmy Buffet's - there's not much on the menu - the Hamburgers are $10.00 (the ship is close enough to go back for lunch).

The beach rocky - but need bad - water shoes would be good. But it's really not that bad.

Some of the people from our ship took a cab into town for $5.00 - they told us - there's not much to see. Some of the people that booked thru the ship (tour of the island for $39.00) said it was a waste of money.

The best thing - I took a long walk on the beach (go to the right - when getting off the ship) - There were so many big shells there. Shells that have been there for years. I was able to bring one back home with me. Theses are the types of shells you are always looking for at the beach in the States.

What I would do if I ever went to Grand Turks again - I would go down the right side of the beach - and spend the day down there. This would make for a great beach day. There were a few famlies down there just playing in the water a having a good time. The Jimmy Buffet area just gets way to much.

SSUS_NJ 09-12-2006 02:34 PM

DSR - Thanks for the very helpful information. I'm going to take my family and our companions to the beach on the right and have a relaxing day!!

This is great. Thank you!!

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