I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again and again for the rest of my life – I love the beach. I’m always happy when I’m on the beach, and if I go to the beach unhappy, I leave my worries with the waves. Even though the water in Grand Turk isn’t as blue as the water in Half Moon Cay, it’s still such a beautiful place to relax.
The two times I went to Grand Turk, the weather was absolutely excruciatingly hot. If I was out of the water for more than ten minutes, I was in the struggle, so I spent as much time in the water as I could.
In most beach ports, crew members often walk far away from the ship in order to enjoy a little time away from the cruise guests. Plus, it’s quieter, and you can usually have some fun conversations with the locals. In Grand Turk, we hung out at Jack’s Shack, which was all the way down the beach. It’s such a cute and quaint little local place, and I almost hate to recommend it only because I love the idea of exclusivity for crew members, but honestly, if you find yourself in Grand Turk, it’s worth the sore calf muscles you’re sure to get from making the walk.
Firstly, the food is incredible. I ordered the conch fritters, and I had a nice conversation with one of the cooks, and he ended up giving me some fries for free, which I was so grateful for. My friends had the jerk chicken and some beans and rice. I tried everything, and honestly, I believe you can’t have a bad meal there.
They have free WiFi, but it didn’t work either of the times I visited, so if you’re looking for WiFi, sorry ‘bout cha. You’ll just have to go to Margaritaville.
While you’re at the bar, you have to try one of their local beers. I’ve tried both the light and the dark beers. I’m not a big beer drinker, but I prefer the light one aka I Ain Gon Lie. It’s not too bad.
One of my favorite things about Jack’s Shack is the dog. The woman who owns it always brings her dog, Topher, out, and he’s the sweetest thing. He plays with everyone and just likes being on the beach and in the water. They sell merch with his picture on it, and I couldn’t resist getting a magnet.
Everyone I met at Jack’s Shack is so friendly. The food is delicious, and the atmosphere is fun without it feeling like a touristy place. If you ever find yourself in Grand Turk, do yourself a favor and make the stop (after checking out all of the duty free shopping, of course).
What’s your favorite beach?