Posted March 18th, 2011, 12:15 PM
Last edited by pghsteelerfan; March 18th, 2011 at 12:17 PM Reason: spelling - oops!
We were in Grand Turk on a cruise last May and although I can't recommend one over the other to you, I'll give you a description of each. We are definitely big Jimmy Buffett fans and will hit a Margaritaville any chance we get - gotta have the T-shirts, beer huggies, and etc. (which we got). Neither hubby or and I are into crowds (and the waits that go with the crowds) so after shopping at the Margaritaville store, we headed to Jack's and spent a couple of hours there - but we did walk around the pool at Margaritaville first.
Margaritaville can get crowded but they have a lot going on to keep everyone entertained and it's more of a "party" atmosphere. Of course, there's the restaurant where you can get food (same as found at any of the Margaritavilles) in addition to the drinks. They also have the pool (huge) and swim up bar. There are chairs on the beach in front of Margaritaville but don't know if they have bar service there or not (maybe someone else will know for sure). It's also very close to where the ships dock and is located in the cruise center.
Jack's Shack is located further down the beach (about a 10 minute walk) and is definitely more laid back and quiet. It get's busy but doesn't get the massive crowds like Margaritaville does. It's is a smaller beach bar & grill that has a nice deck with tables with umbrellas and chairs and is right on the beach, but there is no pool. They have beach chairs & umbrellas for a set up fee (prices are in another thread but I can't remember if it was $5.00 for chair/$10.00 for umbrella or vice versa). Some people just lay their towels on the beach. We didn't eat there but have read here on CC that the jerk chicken is awesome & believe me, it sure smelled and looked good. They have some great tunes they play from an i-pod. Yes, drinks are cheaper at Jack's (I think $6.00). They were very good and on the strong side, which we didn't mind one bit. If I'd have had one more, I'd have been crawling back to the ship.
I'm attaching pictures of both Jack's and Margaritaville so you can actually "see" what's described. If you have any other questions I'll try to answer them as best as I can for you. Hope this helps.
View of Margaritaville and pool from the ship
Pool at Margaritaville
Pool/swim up bar - Margaritaville
Jack's Shack from the beach
Jack's Shack - the bar
Jack's Shack - the deck