Note: I wrote this post before Hurricane Irma slashed through the Caribbean. I sincerely hope all the islands affected are able to recover quickly and again welcome tourists. If you are planning a winter or spring trip in the Caribbean, please consider these islands. Tourism dollars till go a long way towards helping in recovery.
|Snorkeling is fun at Turks and Caicos Islands
|Shopping and dining are convenient.
Grand Turk is the largest and political capital of the islands. The cruise center there is a world-class beachfront facility of 14 landscaped acres. Opened in 2006, the $50 million center consists of a pier, recreational area that includes one of the largest swimming pools in the Caribbean, and 1100 feet of beachfront for sunbathing and snorkeling at the foot of the cruise pier. There’s also plenty of shopping, restaurants, and bars, so cruise passengers can enjoy the island without taking an additional excursion.
|Lots of fish around The Wall at Cotton Bay.
After snorkeling we headed to the soft, champagne-colored sand of the beach. We waded ashore from the catamaran (after sampling the crew’s rum punch) and spent a lovely time basking on the pristine beach and soaking up the warm Caribbean sun.
|This is the life! Beautiful beach and a drink in hand
|Larry posed beside the statue of John Glen.
Whether Turks and Caicos is a cruise port stop or you decide to spend more time there, you’ll find relaxing easy and water activities among the best in the Caribbean.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier