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We are sailing on Carnival Triumph in November and will be stopping at Turks and Caicos. We've never been but my impression is that there isn't much going on there. Any recommendations for a nice beach?

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The beach at the cruise terminal is nice...although crowded. If you want to walk to a secluded beach, just walk to the right of the cruise pier..and keep going until you are happy.

Or you coul take a taxi to town (i highly reccommend it) and go to a beach near there. You get dropped off within like 20 feet from the beach...and no one is there (besides some locals). The locals are the nicest people on any island in the Caribbean.

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There is always Margarittaville, they have a beach area
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I was extremely unimpressed with Grand Turk. We took a taxi to town and there was nothing. We ended up stumbling on the library and checked our email for like a dollar.
The pool area around Margaritas was way too crowded and the service at Margaritas was absolutly horrible. I ordered a drink and a cheeseburger. I got my cheeseburger in about 15 minutes but no drink. She brought the drink when I was halfway through my burger, which I might add was awful...overcooked and no flavor.
If we ever stop there again, I'm either booking an excursion or staying on the ship!
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While Grand Turks may not be the most exciting port it was nice. We took the bus excursion and stopped at Her Majesty's Prison and talked to the excursion owner. We learned a lot about the island and the past of the island. Then we went to the lighthouse and just walked down to the beach. I took some great photographs, which is always my MAIN goal.
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does anyone know how you can rent one of those neat looking cabans?
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Probably through the cruise line....
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I am booked on the Carnival Triumph in September and Grand Turk is our last stop. I have seen the excursions for the island and have checked out thw ebsite for Grand Turk Cruise Center (yes, it has a website!). I probably will jsut hang around the center and shop til I drop and then have a margarita at margaritaville! We are going to be the only ship in port (the website lists which ships are in port) so there will be roughly 2758+ people there..unless the ship is sailing with less than full double (much like the Victory in January-2300ish people only).

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On Grand Turk the new Carnival Center seems to be the center of activity for the island. Margaritaville, a beach, shopping, etc. Just a bit of a step up from the "private islands" that are on some itineraries.
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Hey misguidedangel!
We're sailing on the Triumph in September also! (Sept 8-15) Which week are you going?
I appreciated the info you gave about the Grand Turk Cruise Center website. It was very interesting. My husband's sister used to work as a scuba instructor somewhere in Turks and Caicos. I'll definitely be giving her a call to get her suggestions for how to spend the day.
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I snorkeled at Turks & Caicos last Nov through the cruiseline. It was some of the best cruise line snorkeling I've experienced. It's located right next to cruise ship dock (3 min walk). We made two stops: (1) phenomenal coral (every type found in the T&C) and (2) tons of big and small fish. It was a nice boat with easy access. My husband dove and also really liked it. The beach near the ship is nice, but crowded as stated before. You can walk very easily along the beach to a more secluded area.
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I really want to go to turks and caicos! I heard only carnival goes there. Is that true? That margaritaville looks AWESOME. I cannot wait to go. Take care yall.
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Several of the cruise lines go there, not just Carnival.
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We'll be on the Crown Princess in August and we are scheduled to go to Turks then.
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Carnival and all the lines it owns (HAL, Costa, Princess, Crystal, Regent, Oceania) all can dock there.

Celebrity Journey will also be docking there, as well as Celebrity Quest (regulary).

Royal Caribbean, Disney, and Norwegian do not dock there. (yet)
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From reading both the carnival excursion list and the Grand Turks website, it sounds as though there is plenty to do.

I don't consider "shopping" something to do. I can shop at home - I want something unique to that country when I cruise. Now that I've had it confirmed that the snorkeling is great, that's what I'll probably select.

Question: I sent the Grand Turks website an email and their reply was that the excursions listed on their website were only available thru the cruiselines.

Has anyone done an excursion thru an independent guide?

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Oh MAN! You all are making me have a hard time waiting until we go in November! Rysia, which week are you going? We are leaving 11/17 (Thanksgiving week).

Margaritaville, here we come!!!!!
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I just did some more research on Grand Turk. It looks really nice!

The Carnival Guest Center is right off the ship, here is a link to see lots of pics and it lists shore tours that can be booked independently or thru the cruise line (I usually book independent). www.grandturkcc.com

Also, the Margaritaville there is the newest one, built last year, and it's in the guest center. Go to margaritaville.com, click the cafes link, go to caribbean and you can select the Grand Turk one. The pics are great and look like a blast!
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I just did some more research on Grand Turk. It looks really nice!

The Carnival Guest Center is right off the ship, here is a link to see lots of pics and it lists shore tours that can be booked independently or thru the cruise line (I usually book independent). www.grandturkcc.com
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I did lots of research myself and only came up with the grandturkcc website.

Problem is - I contacted Grandturk cc by email because they didn't show prices for any of their excursions. The email I received in reply said you could ONLY book those excursions with your cruiseline.

So as far as I have been able to determine, there are no independent excursions. That's frankly why I was posting this - hoping someone found some.

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Carnival and all the lines it owns (HAL, Costa, Princess, Crystal, Regent, Oceania) all can dock there.
Carnival does not own Oceania !
But Oceania does go to Turks in Feb/March
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I just did some more research on Grand Turk. It looks really nice!
They have the HOHO GUANA bus you can do on your own
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http://www.turksandcaicostourism.com...e-message.html
http://www.turksandcaicos.tc/
http://www.geographia.com/turks%2Dcaicos/
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Thanks Lulu.

The 1st and 3rd sites didn't do much for me (although the Conch "factory" sounded fun). The 2nd site was good, but all the excursions (and there weren't many) were all more expensive than a similar excursions thru Carnival. For instance, a 3 hour snorkeling tour was $89 thru the independent tour operation and a 2.5 hour thru Carnival was only $55.

I also noticed that quite a few of these excursions are from the "other" Caicos Islands. And even though it seems as though many of the Caicos islands are somewhat close together, we are on Grand Turk only, and for such a short period of time (7 am-2:30 pm) that I would worry about getting back to the ship in time with an independent operator.

I really do appreciate you sending those websites, though. The pics were beautiful and I'm now more excited about Grand Turk than ever!

thanks again,
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Thanks for the link! that is super helpful. We're booked to go on the Carnival Liberty July 26th, 08 with a stop in Turks. I'm just starting to research and that link was cool!

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Away from CROWDS, Nice beach, Good snorkeling, inexpensive.....

If you are looking for a place to go to, relax, have some great snorkeling, shore diving, hoobie cat rental, bar, food and more got to Bohio Resorts. We hopped on a Taxi for $7.00 per person (each way). Once we arrived at Bohio,- about a 15- 20 minute drive, we went to the front desk and asked for you use of the beach for the day. For $10 per person we got beach chairs, nice beach and use of facilities. If you want you can sit in the shade either by the bar/food area or in your beach chairs.

When we were there (6/7) there were only about 10 people from the cruise ship there. There were less than 40 people there all together. The offered snuba, but were already booked, they also had a snorkel trip that took you to 2 locations, lasted about 75-90 minutes with 2 stops. They took you out to the "wall", you can also swim to part of the wall if you want.
Drinks were reasonably priced - beer $4 (Turks Head), frozen drinks were about $7 (nice size) and $2 for soft drinks. You can also rent snorkel gear.
The staff was wonderful. Mike, the manager was super friendly and happy to have us visit.

We were told the water is almost always calm because of they way they are positioned on the island. There was a nice breeze. It is away from the crowds and a very enjoyable afternoon. Bohio is rated as on of the BEST dive resorts in 2007 by some dive magazine.

On our Taxi ride to Bohio, Lewis gave us a history of the island and a tour of the hi-lights. If you are looking for shopping, there is not much of it on the island. They had some small shops setup downtown in small tents (not many).
Please contact me if you have any questions about this resort-
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I've been trying to obtain info on purchasing a day pass to the Bohio Dive Resort but they haven't responded to my e-mails so I've given up. The tourist Board suggested Governor's Beach which is free & has free chairs. Imagine that - free! Obviously Grand Turk hasn't become like most of the other islands the cruise lines stop at.
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