Shore excursion on Grand Turks - $99pp for private beach with own beach furniture; free pina colada type drink (all you want), beer, and other; great food (Chef Carmen) pork was exceptional, but chicken was great, too; provided snorkeling and kayak equipment, and the reef was okay; transport to/from ship was totally flexible (leave any time you want). Only negative - rocks just off beach. Nice shopping area just off ship.
Unfortunately after you book you walk off the dock only to find all the things you just paid for to be free!!! Dont buy any excursions if beach wave pool sun and sand and shopping are on your list of do's....but the excursion we took was great in that we did snorkle...but...you must wear beach shoes for the spiny urchins all over the bottom. Nicest lunch on the whole trip too. Just like you expect on the islands...jerk chicken pork two rice dishes corn on the cob salad coleslaw....just yummy!!! Drinks included too....
Beach break with water toys (kayak, paddleboard, etc) - was ok, but wasn't up to par with other all-inclusive beach excursions we have booked in the past. Beach was fairly crowded and in comparison, the "public" beach right by margaritaville is just as nice. Save the money on this one and walk to the less busy beach right off the pier.
For Grand Turk, we took an excursion called "Home Sweet Home." It was awesome! They pick you up at the pier and take you to a beach house, where there are enough lounge chairs and umbrellas for everyone, right along the water. They have kayaks and other water sport equipment available as part of your fee; we kayaked for a little bit, and it was lovely. The beach is very clean and the water is crystal clear. We lucked out and got perfect weather, too. Chef Carmen whipped us up an amazing lunch of pork, chicken, coleslaw, pasta and stewed veggies, all included. Also included: beer, pop and rum punch. You could go inside the house to watch TV (but why would you want to?), use the bathroom and/or change your clothes. They had free wi-fi. It was incredibly relaxing and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
We tried the "Home Sweet Home" beach excursion offered by the ship. We boarded an open air bus for a short ride to a home on the beach. We got a brief orientation and were given the use of the house, beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkel gear, kayaks, open bar and buffet lunch. We basically had the beach to ourselves and the lunch was plentiful and delicious. Took the bus back to the ship at our convenience. Great time, make sure you bring swim shoes - rocky beach!!!
This was a great time. The place was rocking when the DJ got involved and started with games and dances. The food was great. You could have stayed at the beach next to the ship for free but this provided food and drink. Paid for itself by noon. The time given to snorkel and paddle boat was enough and the beautiful shells we found to bring home were well worth the cost. This is a must try at least once.
The ride to the private beach was pretty quick, about 15 minutes. The beach itself was small and lovely and the food was island fare and very good. Free drinks also great. What we were all disappointed in however was that at low tide, you cannot swim because the rocks in the water were jagged and EVERYWHERE. I wanted to snorkel but couldn't make it out to the deeper water because of the rocks so I got a raft instead. The water is beautiful, crystal clear and refreshing but I would not recommend this.
We went to a private house. We were able to use the restrooms and the living room. There was free wi-fi. A wonderful Caribbean lunch was make for us. All drinks were included. This included mostly rum punches and sodas. Salem was the bartender and very welcoming. No complaints here about no booze in the drinks!! The beach was nice and there were plenty of chairs and umbrellas. The surf was a little rough that day, but there was a bit of a surf break and you could wade in. It was $99, but with the shuttle and everything else included, we feel it was a good price.
Just a day at the beach - but at a small beach house that was well appointed. Beach area was nice and the group had it to ourselves - with the company of 3 or 4 local dogs that tended to follow whenever you walked on the beach.
Our excursion was called "Home Sweet Home!" -- we don't have enough good things to say. Terrific, wonderful value, lunch and alcohol provided as well as kayaks and snorkeling gear! And almost no people!!
Very good tour director -never got his name-very helpful with the wheelchair and getting my sister situated on the beach. Beach was good with some rocks in the water, good food, free drinks, free umbrellas. The beach was also a little shallow for a long way out which would be good for little children. Also had good water toys.
It was a great experience! We took an open-air bus to a private beach (with free Wi-Fi) and relaxed on the beach for several hours! It was relaxed transportation back to the ship, with shuttles running all day every 15-20 minutes, so we left whenever we felt like it.
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