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Waving goodbye to the Caribbean - San Juan & Grand Turk Style

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We've finally come to the last post from the recap of our trip. If you missed the first couple check here, here, or here. I decided to combine the last two ports into one post so that we can spare another vacay recap tomorrow and move on to new exciting and entertaining things (I'm not promising anything). So today's post is all about our final two stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos.

I didn't have a ton of expectations when it came to stopping in San Juan. We hadn't planned anything out before hand and decided we would just get off the ship and wander around. The only thing we knew before disembarking was that when we got out of the terminal, take a left. So what did we do, we left the cruise terminal and took a right. (smart huh?) But after realizing we had taken a wrong turn, we crossed the road and headed back towards the left.

The port in San Juan

We spent the day walking down the cobblestone roads, doing some shopping, admiring the beautiful architecture and colors of the buildings, and exploring the forts and old town San Juan. This city was truly breathtaking. I felt as if I was walking down a street in a small italian village. We also visited one of the old forts there. It was neat to take in a bit of history and culture as we walked through this new city.

It was extremely warm out that day so we spent a few hours exploring and then got back on the ship. We enjoyed not having any set plans and just getting to explore the city and take in all the beauty.

The last stop was Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos. This island is six miles long and only a mile wide, but the beauty is endless! Pulling in to port before even getting off the ship, I was pretty sure I could be content on living there and never moving from that beach! Since we had done quite a bit of sight seeing and activities in the other ports, we decided to find a spot on the beach and just relax.

View from our balcony of the island

We walked down past all of the tourist shopping, lounge chairs and Margaritaville and found a little place called Jack's Shack and claimed a couple beach chairs. We enjoyed some drinks, played in the water, and watched some dogs playing for a few hours. The water was so warm and the beach was so soft, it was the perfect last stop on the trip! Before getting back on the ship, we picked up a few souvenirs and grabbed some food at Margaritaville and said goodbye to the Caribbean. By the time we stepped back on land, we would be back in Florida and back in the US.

I am so glad that we picked this itinerary for our trip. Each port was so beautiful in its own way and all ended up being places we would definitely visit again!


  1. I'm so jealous, looks like you had a blast!

  2. The water...so beautiful! I want to go on a cruise so bad!

  3. Sounds like an amazing trip! I want to go on a cruise now!

  4. Oh my gosh, that trip looked amazing! Totally jeally over here!


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