Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
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Overview

See the all of Grand Turk's highlights on an open-air tram with historical commentary by an entertaining, informative guide. This 3-hour excursion includes historical sites like museums, churches, a prison, and the island's natural salt ponds. Get to know the locals — donkeys and wild horses — before a stop in Cockburn Town for shopping and a visit to the Grand Turk Lighthouse.
  • Open-air tram tour of Grand Turk
  • Ride up and down the island to see historical landmarks like churches and old cannons
  • Stop in Cockburn Town to shop and enjoy local food tastings
  • See Governor’s Beach, Her Majesty’s Prison, the National Museum and the Grand Turk Lighthouse
  • Pass by salt ponds and learn about the island’s salt industry
  • Watch for wildlife like horses, donkeys and flamingos
Start your open-sided tram sightseeing tour of Grand Turk at the tram station near the cruise terminal at the Southern end of the island. From there, the tram takes you and your family or friends, along with a knowledgable guide, all the way to the island's northern tip and back in about 3 hours. Feeling the sun and the tropical breeze on your skin is a pleasant way to tour the island while learning about its history.
 
Cannons, windmills, churches, inns and other historical attractions keep your guide busy pointing out the local sights. Pass many wild horses and donkeys, the Space Capsule, and Governor's Beach on your way to Cockburn Town, where you'll stop to sample some local foods and have a cool drink (not included in tour price). Disembark in historic Cockburn Town and visit some of the local shops and restaurants.
 
Back on the tram, pass Her Majesty's Prison and the National Building, both historical relics with interesting colonial architecture. On your way to the Grand Turk Lighthouse at the very northern end of the island, pass Crabtree Park and North Creek. Get a history lesson in Grand Turk's once-booming salt industry as you pass the natural salt ponds, known as 'salinas'. Dating back to the 1600s, these salt ponds were once the lifeblood of the islands, and are now home to flamingos and other tropical birds. After getting your fill of local sights and history, your tour ends back at the tram station.

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S
, Jul 2018

Very good guide, fun and full of information. We fed wild donkeys, stopped at a very small town that had unique items for sale and great food. WE saw salt flats and many more interesting sites. Tour was just the right amount of time and gave us a chance to go to the beautiful beach and shops near the ship.

S
, Jul 2018

Nice way to see the little island - donkeys and dogs everywhere.

c
, Jun 2018

Our tour guide was very nice but sadly the microphone on the tram was not working even though he tried several times so it was basically a drive around the island.

b
, Jun 2018

We did this tour back in January. I was expecting a Tram ride but instead it was a bus. The air conditioner was broken on the bus after the hurricane from Sept. This was our first time to the island so be decided on this excursion to get an over view. It gave a perspective of the island and that was what we were looking for. I am not sure if I would do this a second time. Our guide/driver was Tracey. He was funny and was very knowledgeable of his island. When we got to the lighthouse, we saw donkeys. They would come up to you looking for food and water. They even will drink from a water bottle as our driver demonstrated to us was cool.

Even thou this excursion does not include the beach, you will want to bring your suit along. After the excursion is done, you come back right to the beach it will be worth it. Don't plan to get back on your ship to get your suit as we did. The line on the pier was so long to get back on the ship we could not do it it was not a long stay in port. The excursion its self did not take the 3 hours as advertised maybe just over 2 hours. It took a long time to wait till the bus was loaded before we left maybe an hour. So be on time to your time slot for you hold everyone up. The bus is loaded just outside of the ports parking area on the right side.

g
, Apr 2018

Really enjoyed the tour. Great facts to learn about the island. Great guide.

J
, Apr 2018

We went on the open air tram tour of the island. It would have been great if we had been able to hear any of the drivers tour. The speakers werent working in the trams and he told us he was sorry but they just hadnt been able to get them fixed. He told us They knew they werent working and it would be hard to hear if not impossible and he would try and talk loud. No one on the tour except those in the first tram were able to hear anything about the island or what we were seeing. Between the distance from the driver to the back of the tram and the loudness of the Diesel engines, it was impossible to get anything out of this trip. I was very disappointed in this excursion because I love to hear the history about the places I am visiting.

G
, Apr 2018

Difficult to find, My mother in Law could not walk on the beach so we followed the road and found a tram right outside the cruise port gate. It was obvious they were not expecting customers outside of their beach tent but they were gracious and let us stay in the shade of the Tram. I understand that they were using borrowed trams but the sound system was poor especially in the back and the tram had a maximum speed of 20mph. Its a shame the lighthouse now costs money to enter, I only saw a few participants go in. I'm sorry I did not go in the museum which I hear is one of the more interesting spots on the island. The damage to the homes was very sad.

L
, Mar 2018

It was difficult to locate tour, then we had a long long walk to tram, the speaker system went out so we knew nothing of what we were seeing. A wasted tour.

i
, Mar 2018

Friendly staff and good trip although had difficulty hearing the speaker over the sound of the engine

R
, Mar 2018

Our group enjoyed this tour very much, due in large part to our guide, Tracey, who made the best of a difficult situation - the result of hurricane damage. He his very knowledgeable and has a great personality.


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