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Old July 7th, 2008, 10:43 AM
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well since they they switched to grand turk from tortola,im left to ask. what to do? any suggestions? i tryed to book a shore excursion for grand turk but they are either all full or just not listed because it comes up none listed.
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Grand Turk is tiny! It is primarily a scuba diving place. Nice beach, but the "tour" we took the first time took us to the farthest point of the island to see the lighthouse...which you had to pay extra to go into. Then, guide took us to his new house, which was under construction. Those were the big things to see.
Pleasant, but I would either snorkel or just beach it. You can walk to beach.
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is there any sort of shopping there? what about a diner?
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There is a shopping building that you have to go through as you get off the ship, then an outdoor area with little huts with stuff to buy. Carnival built the pier and the shopping "complex". Not sure about a diner, since the ship is right there. A lot of the island is bed and breakfast places for divers and I have heard that eating anywhere else is expensive. Didn't even see anywhere else on our "tour", but I wasn't looking for one either.
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You can have a great beach day for free right at the end of the dock. Plenty of chairs and umbrellas on a really nice beach. Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is there also along with some shops. No need to go anywhere else. 8)
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Deff go to Margaritaville and the Beach. That is what I would do
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I suggest staying at the cruise center. The best thing to do is hang out at Margaritaville for a while and then wander around and check out the shops. There had to be at least a dozen or more shops and then there was smaller stalls with more local items. There is one place that collects the conch shells and sells them to tourists.

You can even get your shopping done first, head back to the ship to drop it off and get someting to eat, and then head to Margaritaville and drink until you have to be hauled back on a wheelbarrow....Oh, and uhm, the prices of the drinks and food is quite high. A frozen drink is around $10....

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Grand Turk is one of the most underdeveloped ports which in my opinion is just the way it should be. I don't cruise to shop. The snorkeling is wonderful and the Grand Turk Margaritaville rocks! Diner in Grand Turk - no way!
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We walked from the cruise terminal and went miles up the beach stopping to swim here and there. We bought a few small local souveniers but for the most part it was great just to wander and explore an undeveloped island. The people were great and very warm and friendly. We had stopped at the tourist place in "town" and the wonderful lady working there directed us down a street past what I seem to recall was an old jail and there was a little restaurant there were we grabbed a cold drink and a snack and it wasn't too bad for price. We've been gouged in other spots and this one didn't leave me with the feeling that I'd been ripped off. Like one of the other posters said, the beauty of this island is the fact that it is undeveloped. It was a really nice day.
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We went to Grand Turk last August (2007). Like the other posters said, it is a tiny island with not much to do.

We walked through the cruise terminal and got a taxi to drive us around "town". It was really a tiny, tiny, small town and not much to see.

We got back and "shopped" around, the cruise terminal had some nice things that we bought and the little shops were a bit pricey. The beach was "rocky" on the bottom so we had to wear water shoes but it was nice enough.

This port was one of our least favorites but we are just happy to be anywhere else and on vacation so we enjoyed it anyway.

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Where did you go to snorkel and did you do it on your own or through ship's tour?
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Margaritaville, flowrider, Coral beach.
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My wife and I were in Grand Turk last month. This time we took the Catamaran sail and snorkel through Carnival and had a blast even though there were a few people that had too many "rum punches". As others have stated this island is know more for it's beachs and snorkling. On our first visit we went to Govenor's Beach which is also great for swimming and snorkeling and fairly close to the port.

But if you enjoy the "party" atmosphere you can stay in Margaritaville with everyone else from the ship.
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My wife and I were in Grand Turk last month. This time we took the Catamaran sail and snorkel through Carnival and had a blast even though there were a few people that had too many "rum punches". As others have stated this island is know more for it's beachs and snorkling. On our first visit we went to Govenor's Beach which is also great for swimming and snorkeling and fairly close to the port.

But if you enjoy the "party" atmosphere you can stay in Margaritaville with everyone else from the ship.
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