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The Turks & Caicos capital and seat of government, Cockburn Town is a bougainvillea-fringed, laidback tropical beauty with shabby-chic colonial buildings and dusty unpaved streets.

Cockburn’s major highlight is the National Museum, full to the brim with shipwreck flotsam, tools and artifacts formed from shells, and displays on the island’s original Lucayan people. Don’t miss the collection of washed-up bottles and the poignant messages contained inside.

More recent exhibits focus on the impact of NASA’s Space Program, including displays on the night sky and the personal memories of astronaut John Glenn, who splashed down just offshore in 1962, the first American to orbit the earth.

The museum itself is housed in the whitewashed and red-roofed Guinep House, a historic colonial building constructed almost 200 years ago from the salvaged timber of shipwrecks.

The island’s superb beaches aren’t far away, along with coral-reef diving from the island’s west coast. Guarding the waters north of town is the historic National Trust-listed lighthouse, built in Britain in 1852. The lighthouse is a popular spot for whale-watching in February/March.

Practical Info

Cockburn Town is in the center of the island of Grand Turk, the largest island in the Turks group. The main thoroughfare is Osborne Road, ringing the network of quiet streets on the island’s west coast.

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Grand Turk Historical Sightseeing Tour by Tram

See Grand Turk from top to bottom on a fun and informative tour by open-air tram that the whole family can enjoy. As the tram winds its way past churches, ...  Read more

Location: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.99

Grand Turk Island Tour and Snorkeling Adventure

Combine the best of land and sea on a tram tour and snorkeling adventure in Grand Turk! After a loop around the island aboard the tram, you’ll experience some ...  Read more

Location: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.99

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