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Grand Turk

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Grand Turk is one of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the site of the capital, Cockburn Town, although much less populated and slower pace than Providenciales.

Get in[edit]

To travel to Grand Turk you would need to fly into the island of Providenciales (airport code PLS). From Providenciales you would take a local flight to Grand Turk Airport on InterCaribbean (formerly Air Turks & Caicos) or Caicos Express Airways. There are several flights daily, and it takes 20 minutes.

Many Carnival cruise ships stop at the Carnival Cruise Terminal (there is usually one docking daily, except Saturdays, during the winter season), toward the south end of the island, to provide guests a "sun and sand" day while transiting between Florida and the Caribbean. It's popular because it is one of the few cruise depots where guests can swim on a beach right next to the ship.

There is currently no regular scheduled ferry from Provo.

Get around[edit]

No public transport. Rental cars and taxis available. Taxis are charged per person and cost around $8 to get from airport or cruise terminal into Cockburn Town.

Tram Tours [1] and bus tours are available, catering to cruise guests (hotel guests on the island will often feel second important!).


The Lighthouse - At this site, you will find the lighthouse keeper's residence, as well as the kerosene storage building, built of local limestone blocks. At night, the lighthouse was often the only guidepost mariners had to steer them away from the treacherous Northeast reef, which extends eastward far out to sea and was responsible for an untold number of shipwrecks. Grand Turk Lighthouse

Columbus Landfall Marine National Park starts from Cockburn Town and continues north up the coast -- a spectacular pristine beach.

A group of around 400 flamingoes often come to settle in the salt ponds in the interior of the islands. They are joined by many ospreys, stalks, and seagulls.

Watch the sunset - There is nothing like a Grand Turk sunset. Watch for the green flash while sipping a cold drink. Locals will tell you it's not so elusive at all.

Two herds of wild horses roam the island, in the north and south, along with many donkeys and potcakes (stray dogs), which are available for international adoption if you're interested!


Scuba Diving - Grand Turk has one of the most lush wall systems in the entire world. Healthy corals, diverse marine life and visibility that exceeds 100 feet often calls divers from around the world. The wall is a 10 minute ride from the beach, where your dive shop will conveniently pick you up. You can also take a day trip to dive or snorkel at Salt Cay. Dive companies include Blue Water Divers, Bohio Dive Resort, Oasis Divers, and Grand Turk Diving Company.

Visit the Carnival Cruise Terminal - Includes a tourism village packed with shops and restaurants, one of the largest pools in the Caribbean, and an 800-ft. stretch of beach. Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is a great place to stop in for a cocktail.

Party with the High Tide Band! Grand Turk's most famous party band, the High Tide, featuring long time Musician and Dive Master, Mitch Rolling. Dance the night away to classic party hits, Soca, and Island music. Did you know the band has a Saw Player? This is a must-see when on the island. Catch them Wednesday & Sunday at the Osprey Beach Hotel!

Horseback Ride on the Beach - Go for a leisurely horseback ride along the beach while enjoying the view of the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean. The guides will then unsaddle your mounts and prepare them for a swim. Remount your horse, and enjoy the fun of riding a horse in the ocean.

4x4 Offroad Safari - Experience the natural history and cultural heritage of Grand Turk in "safari themed 4x4 F250's". Your tour will come to a stop near the town centre where your guide will escort you on a 15-minute leisurely walk down the quaint “Front Street” lined with turn of the century Bermudian style architecture.

Dune Buggy Adventures - Feeling adventurous? Climb behind the wheel of a tubular frame sand dune buggy. Head off down the narrow marl tracks that skirt the beach and rock coastline around the island to the south-east side of the island. Take a trek to the bluff were you can capture the beautiful view of Gibb’s Cay and a few other little uninhabited islands that are visible in the Atlantic Ocean.

Snorkel at Governor's Beach or Gibbs Cay - One of Grand Turk's nicest beaches is Governor's Beach, although two years ago a freighter was beached here and the wreck remains as a bit of an eyesore. Experience white sand and crystal clear water nipping at your feet as you stroll along the mostly secluded beach. This is also one of the better snorkel spots on the island.

Gibbs Cay - Explore an uninhabited island and have a close encounter with stingrays on this exciting combination excursion.

Bicycle Tour - Cruise around Grand Turk by bicycle! Ride up and down Front Street, glide into town by the shore to explore the many facets of Cockburn Town. See the many different styles of island homes, some more than a century old.

Rent a Car or Scooter - See the Island! Taking your own unguided tour can be quite adventurous! Head over to the North for some breathtaking views of the entire island, visit the North Creek, and stop by the Crabtree Corner Community Park.

The privately run Turks & Caicos National Museum is one of the best little museums in the world. Learn about the cultural history of the islands, the discovery and the impact of early European settlement, as well as natural and political history. It's two main exhibits are the Era of Early Discovery Wreck artifacts, the role played in 20th century space exploration, and a small exhibit with a 1000 year old paddle and several old Lucayan chairs. Next door is the Botanical Gardens -- look out for the namesake Turks Head Cactus -- or you could ask them about self-directed bird tour brochures ($5).

Stroll through Cockburn Town - A leisurely stroll through Cockburn town will reveal the history of the island. Find the cannons and you will discover the first landfall of Christopher Columbus, dated October 12, 1492. Take a walk down Front Street/Queen Street and see the old homes on the waterfront.

From February through April, migratory humpback whales pass by. Crystal Seas Adventures has excursions.


At the Carnival Cruise Terminal, you'll find OK prices on a somewhat limited selection of duty-free goods by Dufry (e.g., liquors, luxury leather goods), plus stores and kiosks offering items ranging from jewelry and original art to souvenirs. Duty-free purchases may require photo identification as a citizen of other than the Turks and Caicos.


Birdcage Bar and Restaurant at Osprey Beach Hotel Lunch and dinner poolside dining. BBQ served twice weekly. Live entertainment by Mitch and The High Tide Band. Phone: 649-946-2260

  • Captain Zheng (Chinese), Palm Grove Village, Close Haul Road, 649-242-2436. Chinese, in-door dining. Bar and Pool Table  edit

At the Carnival Cruise Terminal, you'll find what is reported to be the largest Margaritaville, with a bar and extensive midday menu. It can be very crowded with two ships docked.

Bohio Resort has a restaurant right on the edge of the sand and has live music and a BBQ on weekends.


  • Captain Zheng (Chinese), Palm Grove Village, Close Haul Road, 649-242-2436. No longer open  edit
  • Salt Raker Inn is famous for live Rake n'Scrape music (TCI tradition)


Beach view on Grand Turk Island
  • Osprey Beach Hotel, 27 beachfront rooms, located on Grand Turk Island. Tel 649-946-2666, Fax 649-946-2817 [2]
  • Crabtree Apartments , 3 charming beachfront 2 bedroom vacation rental units on Grand Turk Island. Tel 978-270-1698 [3]
  • Bohio Dive Resort (Turks and Caicos Resort), 649- 946 -2135, [4]. The twelve standard rooms and four deluxe suites, excellent ocean views and are just a few steps away from the beautiful beach.  edit
  • Manta House
  • Turks Head Inn is a small boutique hotel right in the heart of Cockburn Town in a building restored by two Australian women.
  • Island House Hotel, Lighthouse Road, 1 649 232 1439, [5]. All suites hotel with expansive views of North Creek and Atlantic beyond.  edit

Get out[edit]

Most flights to Salt Cay pass through Grand Turk. This is the main location for viewing the seasonal whale migration.

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