Princess Caribbean - Part 2: Grand Turk Hop-on Hop-Off Tour Excursion Review

Saturday, May 24, 2014

When we were planning our trip we weren't sure what to expect about Grand Turk.  I'm only very conservative when traveling and tend to not want to just wander alone when I can't find much about a destination.  Some people suggested renting scooters or golf carts, but we opted to take the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus around town.

We were scheduled to get on the bus at 9:35, but were able to fit on an earlier departure and left the cruise terminal at 9:10.  The little bus fit about 16 people I would guess, and it was just a micro-van type bus, which was pretty old.  On the way to the first stop we ended up closer to the back of the bus, which I quickly fixed by sitting next to the drive all on other stops which gave the best view and tended to not be a seat anyone else wanted.

The bus stops at five points: 2 downtown stops, the lighthouse, the salt museum, Governor's Beach and then heads back to the Cruise Terminal.  A bus comes to each stop about every 20-30 mins.

We got off at the first stop (which is really only about 3 blocks from the second stop) and walked around a few little stands.  We bought a couple bottles of water and Jason picked up a local Turks Head Beer.  We also paid $3 each to go into the Prison Museum.  It was a pretty basic old building with some historical stories.  While we were there we were privileged to see a funeral procession which included a marching band.

We walked down to the second stop to get picked up and taken to the Lighthouse.  Across the island are wild horses and donkeys.  They seem to have found a home at the Lighthouse and were scattered across the property.

After that we took the bus over the salt ponds to learn about the history of the island.  We purchased some cooking salts from their gift store.

The last official stop is at the Governor's Beach.  They have a beached boat (which I need to figure out if it was truly a ship wreck, of just placed for tourists) which made for a good snorkeling spot  You can do some shore snorkeling and see some decent sea life.

After the beach, we hopped back on the bus and went to the Cruise Terminal to have lunch before getting back on the ship.

I certainly think the hop-on, hop-off bus was a good value, as I don't believe we could have arrange a taxi for the same price.  That said, if we were to do it again I would have agreed with Jason to rent a golf cart since the island is so small, so safe, and so friendly.  It would have given us a chance to stop for more pictures, and to pull over at random to enjoy the views.

See Part 1 for more images from our trip to Grand Turk.

1 comment :

  1. Beautiful photos! Looks like a great vacation!