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Welcome to Grand Turk

Despite its name, Grand Turk is tiny—just six miles (10 kilometers) long—but it still looms large as the financial, administrative, and cultural center of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The island hosts a deepwater port that's a bustling destination for cruise ships sailing through the Caribbean, which means that the capital, Cockburn Town, can sometimes be deluged with double its resident population in a single day. But it's still worth an afternoon wander through the town, which is filled with souvenir shops and restaurants. Tram tours around the island dodge the numerous donkeys and wild horses that roam freely, and stop at highlights such as the Grand Turk Lighthouse, Crabtree Park, North Creek, and Governor's Beach. History buffs will enjoy learning about the island's once-booming salt trade—the salt flats are now home to resident bird life, including flamingos—and the former US Air Force Base. And though the island may be small, the underwater world located just offshore is an infinite playground for those who enjoy snorkeling and diving. Whether organized or self-guided, snorkeling and diving tours usually focus on the "Amazing Wall," where the ocean floor drops from 35 feet (11 meters) to 7,000 feet (2,132 meters). Gibbs Cay is another popular diving destination, known for its abundance of conch and stingrays. For such a small island, Grand Turk certainly packs a punch.

Top 10 attractions in Grand Turk

Gibbs Cay

Swim and snorkel with stingrays in the warm shallow waters around Gibbs Cay, a beautiful and uninhabited 7-acre (2.8-hectare) island. The best place in the Turks and Caicos to see and interact with southern stingrays, Gibbs Cay also features pristine, white-sand beaches, a scenic shoreline, and a hill with sea oats at its center.More

Turks & Caicos National Museum

The Turks & Caicos National Museum in Cockburn Town is a family-friendly attraction that explores the history of the Caribbean with a focus on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Established in 1991, it houses a fascinating collection of exhibits and artifacts relating to the tropical Atlantic archipelago.More

Cockburn Town Lighthouse

The only lighthouse on Grand Turk, the Cockburn Town Lighthouse (also known as the Grand Turk Lighthouse) was built in the 1850s to help ships navigate the treacherous shallow reefs off the northern end of the island. Although no longer operational, the lighthouse is one of the top historical landmarks on Grand Turk.More

Cockburn Town

Located on the west shore of Grand Turk, Cockburn Town is the oldest town and capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands. This charming and picturesque beachfront settlement offers British colonial architecture, historic landmarks, and easy access to white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters.More
Grand Turk Cruise Center

Grand Turk Cruise Center

Many visitors come to Turks and Caicos Islands—a collection of small vacation-friendly outposts in the Caribbean—as part of a cruise, setting anchor at the Grand Turk Cruise Center. A destination in its own right, the Grand Turk Cruise Center is both a jumping-off point for exploring the island and somewhere you could easily spend the day.More
Grand Turk Wall

Grand Turk Wall

The Caribbean’s islands are renowned for their crystal-clear waters and opportunities for diving and snorkeling. Grand Turk—in the Turks and Caicos Islands—is a hugely popular diving destination thanks to some of the finest reef and wall sites in the tropical Atlantic—including the famous ‘Wall’, located just off Grand Turk.More

Governor’s Beach

Grand Turk is the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, representing the territory’s administrative, cultural, historical and commercial centre. Located between the Cruise Center and Cockburn Town, the famous Governor’s Beach offers a classic Caribbean combination of soft white sand and calm turquoise waters.More
Salt Cay

Salt Cay

Salt Cay island is the smallest of the main inhabited Turks and Caicos Islands. At only 2 square miles (around 7 square kilometers) with no built-up tourist hotels or resorts, it attracts visitors hoping for something a little more adventurous than the typical Caribbean holiday, but with all the laid-back charm of the region.More
Duke Street

Duke Street

Duke Street is the main thoroughfare in historic Cockburn Town, the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Visitors will find all the usual vacation attractions here, from hotels and souvenir shops to restaurants and bars.More

Chalk Sound National Park

Connected to the ocean via a small channel, Chalk Sound is a landlocked lagoon that attracts swimmers and water sports enthusiasts. The dazzling body of water takes up the southwestern coast of Providenciales, south of the island’s airport and downtown area, just inland from Sapodilla Bay. The lake stretches for 3 miles (5 kilometers), separated from the coast by a thin peninsula of resort-studded sand.More

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What is Grand Turk known for?

Grand Turk is the second-most populated island of the Turks and Caicos, and home to its capital, Cockburn Town. It’s known for having a laid-back vibe, historic sites, beautiful beaches, the largest Margaritaville in the Caribbean at its massive cruise ship complex, and fantastic wall diving off its west coast.

How many days do you need in Grand Turk?

Grand Turk is just seven square miles (18 square kilometers), which means you can see the entire island in a day or so. Many of the island’s visitors only travel here as part of a cruise ship stop. Visitors looking to relax or scuba dive will want to spend a few more days.

How old do you have to be to drink in Grand Turk?

The legal age to buy and drink alcohol on Grand Turk is 18. Visitors who look to be under age 21 may be asked to show identification when purchasing alcohol. Residents and travelers over the age of 17 are allowed to bring in certain amounts of spirits and wines duty free.

Can you walk to the beach from Grand Turk cruise port?

The cruise port in Grand Turk is actually located on a beach. Cruise Center Beach, also known as SunRay Beach, stretches on either side of the port. The northern end of the beach is less crowded and offers better sand and water, which is usually calm. Governor’s Beach is also within walking distance of the cruise port.

What activities are popular in Grand Turk?

Scuba diving is one of the top activities in Grand Turk, which is known for having some of the best wall diving in the Caribbean, too. Other water activities, such as snorkeling, swimming, jet-skiing, and boating are also popular. The island also has scenic beaches, a massive cruise port complex, and historic sites.

Is it worth visiting Grand Turk?

Although Grand Turk is small, it offers a number of attractions for visitors, including beautiful beaches, a large cruise port complex with the largest Margaritaville in the Caribbean, fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving, and one of the best coral wall dive sites in the world. There are also a number of historic sites.


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