Sail Date: 08/18/12
I love to go off-roading. I was really looking forward to the dune buggy adventure on Grand Turk. We went thru the "Training" and got ready to leave. The buggy itself was a well made and safe machine that would have been at home in any off-roading situation. It ran well and stopped well. We climbed in, strapped in and were raring to go, but things quickly went downhill. The guide told us to follow him. He was driving a Ford Windstar van. I thought we would follow him to the beach, or to the salt mine area, where we could do some power slides, climb a few dunes, and generally go wild in the sand. NOPE. We followed him on some hard packed sand roads for about a mile, then went onto pavement..........and stayed on pavement for 7 miles. We passed the most decrepid, trashed, damaged and unfinished houses I've ever seen. We also went thru 3 junkyards full of, you guessed it, junk. Saw lots of free ranging but mangy horses, burros and cows, but pretty much nothing else. Then we arrived at the North lighthouse. We stopped there and got out. We walked around and had a bottle of water. Then switched drivers and repeated the route back, on the pavement. He pulled into an area near a salt mine and I thought, finally some fun, but no, he just turned around and came back out. I couldn't even do a power slide, nothing. Then he led us back to the parking lot we started from. WOW, what a ripoff!!! How can it be an off road adventure when we didn't go off road? If the Windstar van could make it down those "trails" we sure didn't need the buggies. Could have saved myself the money and rode in the van!!!! DO NOT waste your money on this "Adventure". Plus, the island itself is a rathole away from the ship dock. It is not worth even going to the island!