Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos

Have you ever been to a place that felt like paradise and had warm weather and aqua blue waters? Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos was exactly all of this for me. My husband and I went to Grand Turk by cruise, as one of our cruise port stops. I had researched this place before we went on the cruise. I was amazed at how blue the water was and how beautiful the island was by pictures. I could only imagine how amazing it looked in real life. When our ship got close to the island, my husband and I went outside to watch the ship pull up to the island. I was in complete amazement how blue the water truly was and how beautiful the island was from afar. Once the ship got closer to the dock, we went to wait in line to be able to get off the ship. For this port, we were going to go on a horseback ride and swim. I was absolutely thrilled and excited for this shore excursion.

When we arrived on the island we walked down a huge dock to meet the tour guide for our excursion. He greeted us and loaded us up into a small bus. The bus was open so we could feel the warmth of the island, feel the sun on our skin and see where we were going. As we passed through a couple of neighborhood and a landmark I was amazed at Grand Turks beauty for being such a small island. The houses on the island were beautiful and I was amazed at how big they were for such a small island.

The tour guide explained to us that to drive from one side of the island to the next would take you 15 minutes, if that. The ride from the dock to the stables we were going to took approximately 8 minutes. When we arrived to the stables we had a few minutes to walk around and get a feel for the place. In this moment I was extremely excited but so nervous for the swim, as I did not know what that would be like. I have rode horses many times, but never swam with them in the ocean. I had envisioned literally swimming in the ocean with the horses, I know I know silly right? We were given instructions on how to ride a horse, safety precautions and other rules we had to follow. We were then given a helmet and had to line up to be picked for which horse we would get to ride.

Anyone that knows me knows I’m deeply in love with painted horses. Unfortunately they only had one and I did not get the horse, I was extremely jealous in that moment of a 10 year old (really, how lame can I get). I was then chosen for a beautiful brown horse that was very calm, I was amazed at the horses beauty. I have always loved riding horses but it is definitely something you have to get used to. Trying to balance, keep in line and pay attention is not something I am the best at but I did well. We trotted around that side of the island near the stable, down roads and then around the stable. One of the workers even offered to take a picture of me with the horse, which I loved. We rode for approximately 30 minutes until we had to prepare for the swim part of the excursion. We changed into our bathing suits as the workers prepared the horses for the swim.

Little did I know that there are some horses that love to swim and others that are simply not made for swimming, kind of like humans right? We had to then line up again to be picked for our horses. I was second to be called to get on a beautiful black horse, little did I know that this is where my luck would run out. You know how I said I was second in line, well this worked against me as I got the horse that loved to kick other horses in the water and try to get out of the water. I had a blast but I had no idea what was going on until we got back onto shore and my husband informed me as to why everyone else was so far behind me. I did happen to capture a video of the whole thing and not drop my phone while doing it, that takes amazing skill right? We were in the water for about 10 minutes before we went back onto shore. We got dressed and had time to walk around for a bit before we loaded back up to go back to where our ship was docked at.

Once we were back to where our ship was docked at, my husband and I decided to get some lunch and chill by the beach. The island has a few places to get lunch, have a drink, shop and etc. We walked around for a bit until we decided to get a chair next to the beach and relax. This was very relaxing and I definitely needed the relaxing part of being on the island. In Grand Turk they have a section of the beach blocked off for people to swim in. What I truly loved about it was they had lifeguards to watch that part of the island. This was mainly so that tourists would not go near the path of the cruise ships when they are leaving. Grand Turk definitely provided a safe environment for their travelers and I was amazed by this. This was an island I would love to go back to. Even though it was on the smaller side, it was definitely a place I did not want to leave. The island is well taken care of, the locals are friendly and helpful and the ocean is a beautiful blue. The sand is perfection as well, this place will always hold a special place in my heart. This island was truly my idea of paradise.

Stay tuned on Wednesday to learn about Cozumel, Mexico. On Saturday I will be sharing what to pack for a cruise! See you soon!

Xoxo,

Ariel

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58 comments
  1. Wow – it looks absolutely beautiful in Turks & Caicos! Would love to visit one day.

    1. It absolutely is! I hope you get to go there one day!

  2. I love cruise travel and I am happy that many cruise lines are adding Turks and Caicos to their itineraries! Sounds like you had a great excursion that day; did you feel like your day was rushed at all?

    1. Cruising is amazing! I think it is the best way to travel. I didn’t feel like my day was rushed at all. We were there from 10 am till like 5 pm I think. It was a great day.

  3. How beautiful and what a wonderful idea for a shore excursion. I can just imagine how relaxing it must be to go horse back riding on such lovely beaches, feeling the sun on your skin and the gentle rhythm of the horse. Just perfect

    1. It was a wonderful experience. It was so relaxing and fun. I loved everything about going to that place. Thank you for your great feedback, I really appreciate it!

  4. Girlfriend I want to JUMP through the screen to get to Turk and Caicos! Simply so stunning! I would love to take a horseback ride on the beach! Your trip looked absolutely amazing!

    1. It is seriously so stunning there! I loved every minute of it! I hope you get to go there one day! Thank you for the amazing feedback, it is much appreciated!

  5. I do really love cruise travel. It’s so fulfilling. and I would love to visit this Turk and Caicos. The peaceful ambiance and beautiful scenery is so worth it. I will definitely add this to my travel liat to visit this 2018.

    1. Same here, it’s just so peaceful and relaxing. You can do things at your own leisure is what I love about it. Turks and Caicos is beautiful, I loved it there. Paradise vibes for sure! I hope you get to go sometime! Thank you for the great feedback!

  6. I haven’t ever been on a cruise, but it’s definitely on my bucket list. It looks like ya’ll had a great time. Looking forward to hearing about your trip to Cozumel.

    1. I hope you get to go on one day! It’s definitely an amazing time! I am excited to share my experiences at Cozumel! Thank you for the great feedback! We definitely had a wonderful time there.

  7. This place looks absolutely gorgeous! A friend of mine was going to elope here on a cruise! It’s so beautiful, I can see why.

    1. It really was a stunning place to visit! I would definitely elope on a cruise as well, they are an amazing experience!

  8. Wow! what a wonderful place, I would love to visit here one day, Turk and Caicos will be on my bucketlist perhaps not for 2018 cause it’s already booked maybe for 2019 I’ll be looking forward to see this fantastic beach and that lovely nature. Great experience for you indeed!

    1. It really is amazing! I hope you get to go sometime! I would love to know all about your travels for 2018. I already have mine all booked as well, I am super excited for all the trips I have planned. I still can’t believe it is already going to be 2018! I definitely had a wonderful experience here. 😊

  9. Wow, what a gorgeous place! Need to add this to my bucket list!!

    1. It truly is! I enjoyed every minute of being on the island as it definitely had paradise like vibes to it!

  10. It looks just absolutely gorgeous there! Such a lovely place to be able to visit! Have fun on your trip!

    1. It truly is! I loved every minute of my time there. I was so thankful to go to such a beautiful place. 😊

  11. I love how the title you gave your blog fits the text and the pictures of this post. It is a completely different frame of mind! And a lovely one too! 😀

    1. Thank you! I came up with different Frame of Mind because traveling puts you in a different Frame of Mind. So to me it just fits! But thank you so much for the great feedback, I really appreciate it.

  12. Just today my colleagues and I were talking about Turks and Caicos! What a lovely island! I have no idea when I’d go, although I live in the Caribbean, but it sure is on my bucket list.

    1. It truly is an amazing place! I would definitely recommend it. That’s so cool that you live in the Caribbean!

  13. I’ve always wanted to visit Turks and Caicos and these photos are making me want to visit even more!! xo

    1. It’s definitely an amazing place, I hope you get to go sometime! Thank you for the wonderful feedback!

  14. This looks like a beautiful place to visit! I’m seriously in need of some beach time.

    1. It truly is! I hope you get to go sometime! I would love some beach time right about now as well.

  15. I’ve never been to Turks & Caicos (I have been to Paradise Island on a cruise stop). It looks gorgeous! I love swimming in the ocean. I’ve never ridden a horse it the ocean. It sounds a little scary, but like a lot of fun!

    1. It’s definitely a beautiful place, I will have to check out Paradise Island. I hope you get to go to Turk and Caicos one time, it’s very pretty! Riding a horse in the ocean is definitely a neat experience, I can cross it off my bucket list. 😊

  16. I have never been to Turk & Caicos, it looks so beautiful, the landscape is mesmerizing!

    1. It’s is definitely a beautiful place, with paradise like vibes! 😊

  17. I have never been on a cruise but I would love to experience it one day. I would love to visit Turk and Caicos.

    1. I hope you do get to go on a cruise one day! It’s definitely wonderful and relaxing. Grand Turk is one of my top favorite places I have ever been.

  18. Wow!! Such a beautiful place to visit this 2018. I have a lot to plan to visit in the coming 2018. and I’ll make sure I’m going to go to Grand Turk and Caicos.

    1. I hope you do make it to Grand Turk one day! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for travel!

  19. I’ve never been to Turk and Caicos…what a beautiful place. Will have to add this to my bucket list.

    1. I hope you get to go here one day. It truly is beautiful and has a paradise vibe to it.

  20. I didn’t know about this place before reading your article, and I’m glad I did now. It looks really heavenly and totally a retreat! I will love to visit this place one day too~

    1. I didn’t before I went there, it’s so beautiful! I hope you do get to visit this place one day. Thank you for your wonderful feedback!

  21. It looks like another planet for me! I’d love to borrow some sunny vibes from there and take them to the UK. The pictures look great.

    1. This place was definitely very sunny and warm. I would give anything for sun and warm weather with the beach nearby. Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate them.

  22. I used to live on cruise ships and grand Turk was one of my favourites! This has bought back some great memories thank you!

    1. I could definitely live on a cruise ship! I bet you had some great experiences while living on the ship. I am glad to see someone else has been there! I am glad to know that it brought back some memories for you as well. You are welcome, thanks for the great feedback! It is much appreciated!

  23. wowzers, Grand Turk looks simply amazing! i’ve never been but so want to visit. I’m loving the warm ocean, the sandy beach, and especially the horse riding. So awesome!

    1. It is definitely beautiful there, I’m still amazed by it each time I look at the pictures. I hope you get to go one year. Thank you so much for the great feedback!

  24. This place really and truly look like a paradise, will love to have a feel of grand Turk. what a amazing place and breathtaking view.

    1. It really did seem like paradise! I hope you get to go here one day. Thank you for your wonderful feedback.

  25. Looks like a nice holiday destination would love to visit.

    1. It was definitely a wonderful place to visit. I hope you get to go one day.

  26. Omg how beautiful!! I’ve already wanted to visit but you’ve solidified that now! It’s 20 degrees where I live and I’m a new frazzled momma and I wish I could get on a plane right now and relax on the beach with a book and a drink!!

    1. I hope you get to go one day. I would definitely trade this cold weather in for a Beach and warm weather as well. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for summer already.

  27. I really, really, really, really, really want to go there now. It looks like pure paradise!

    1. I really really really really really really really hope you get to go there one day! It’s so beautiful and relaxing. Thank you for the feedback. All the reallys made me smile, thank you. 😊

  28. I would love to travel there. My aunt went on a cruise there this year and last year and she was telling me how beautiful it is there.

    1. That’s so neat, it definitely is beautiful there. I hope you get to go there one day. Definitely love the paradise vibes to it.

  29. Wow id love some down time here. Great place. With 3 kids i can never afford to travel. Im so jealous.

    1. It is definitely a wonderful place to visit. I hope you get to go one day! Thank you for your comment.

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