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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

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Gibbs Cay

Gibbs Cay

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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
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Turks & Caicos National Museum

Turks & Caicos National Museum

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Archive, research library, gift shop and museum collection all in one, the Turks & Caicos National Museum is housed in one of Grand Turk’s most impressive colonial buildings, Guinep House.The history of the Turks & Caicos islands is explored in the museum’s exhibits, which include stamps, coins and photographs. Best of all is the fascinating Message in a Bottle collection, revealing the often poignant messages sent from sinking ships and shipwrecked sailors.Don’t miss the display on the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest shipwreck to have been excavated in the Americas. Artifacts retrieved from the early-1500s wreck include cannons, surgical implements, bowls and tools, along with the vessel’s hull.You’ll also see tools and artifacts formed from shells, and displays on the island’s original Lucayan people.More recent exhibits look at NASA’s Space Program and the personal memories of astronaut John Glenn, who splashed down just offshore in 1962 and was the first American to orbit the earth.Special guided tours are held for cruise visitors, expanding on shipwreck history, the island’s salt industry and the John Glenn exhibit.The museum 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.After browsing the exhibits, head to the Museum Shop to buy locally crafted jewelry, sea salt, coffee, woven baskets and guidebooks.More
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Cockburn Town

Cockburn Town

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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
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Governor’s Beach

Governor’s Beach

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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
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Cockburn Town Lighthouse

Cockburn Town Lighthouse

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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
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Grand Turk Cruise Center

Grand Turk Cruise Center

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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
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Duke Street

Duke Street

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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
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Chalk Sound National Park

Chalk Sound National Park

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Chalk Sound is a pristine, natural lake dotted with underwater cays and filled with amazingly dazzling electric-blue water. The color of the water has to be seen to be believed!Photographing and swimming in the turquoise water is a must, and the park also boasts non-aquatic highlights.There are some fascinating glimpses into the past around here, including rock carvings made by shipwrecked sailors on a rocky hilltop overlooking Sapodilla Bay, back in 1844. Nearby lied the ruined remains of the Mariner Hotel.On the coastal edge of the lake, fronting the ocean, are the relaxed resorts and expat houses lining Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay.More
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Grand Turk Wall

Grand Turk Wall

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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
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Salt Cay

Salt Cay

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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

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Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Turk

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Highly recommended tour!
Debbie_D, Jan 2022
Grand Turk Sightseeing Tour
You made us want to visit your island again and spend more than a few hours next time!
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Dwight was an excellent tour guide...
Jan G, Oct 2016
Grand Turk Sightseeing Tour
I highly recommend to see the Island of Grand Turk!!
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Great tour, conveniently located...
Tracy W, May 2017
Ultimate Turks and Caicos Snorkeling Tour
We saw a lot of fish, including a nurse shark and I even got to see an octopus.
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Our tour guide from Papa J was very...
Carol B, Nov 2015
Grand Turk Sightseeing Tour
There isn't much to see at Grand Turk, so I know why the tour was only 1.
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Mama J was our tour guide and she was...
Rody K, Aug 2017
Grand Turk Sightseeing Tour
There's not a ton of things to see as most of Grand Turk is ruins of things that used to be there like the salt flats and military bases, but Mama made all that interesting for us.
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