Attractions in Cockburn Town

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As the only settlement on Grand Turk, Cockburn Town is the center of business, tourism, and home life on the island.  The historic waterfront is a great place to start your exploration of the town, and from there it is easy to get to the beaches.  There are a few natural attractions on the island, but they exist outside of Cockburn Town.


Governor's Beach

You will find a large selection of beaches to visit in and around the area. You can click on the name of each beach for detailed information about that part of the coast.

Cedar Grove Beach: On the east coast of Grand Turk Island, Cedar Grove Beach is set in front of Osprey Beach Hotel.

A second location worth considering is Town Beach. Electrifying turquoise waters and soft almost pink sands make Town Beach a popular spot to enjoy the view.

Osprey Beach: Osprey Beach enjoys sugar white sand that is well cared for so that it is appealing to hotel guests. The sand leads up to bright blue waters that are shallow and clear enough that you can often see to the bottom.

Of course, the area has a nice selection of choices for beaches in and around the area. To reach our detailed guide to beaches, use this link.


H.M. Prison Museum

If you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation in Cockburn Town.

One popular destination is H.M. Prison Museum. It is located in northern Cockburn Town. History buffs are sure to enjoy the H.M. Prison Museum where visitors and walk through and explore a prison from the 1800's.

Another landmark worth visiting is The Salt House. It is located within northeastern Cockburn Town. A museum, restaurant, and gift shop that centers on the island's salt industry through tours and offerings of products made with salt.

Turks & Caicos National Museum: The Turks and Caicos National Museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m.

The following table enables you to get more details regarding a few available museums in and around Cockburn Town.

Museums In and Around Cockburn Town
Name Phone Location
H.M. Prison Museum -- 0.7 mi. North of Central Cockburn Town
The Salt House (649) 946-1747 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cockburn Town
Turks & Caicos National Museum (505) 216-1795 1.0 mi. North of Central Cockburn Town

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Grand Turk Lighthouse

Guests may explore some other intriguing local attractions close to Cockburn Town.

If the more functional aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you might want to see Grand Turk Lighthouse. The lighthouse is a popular stop along hiking trails and donkey tours, where there is plenty of shade and a few picnic benches for those who have brought a lunch. This destination is also great for whale watching in February and March.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Cockburn Town
Name Type Location Island
Grand Turk Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.8 mi. North of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in Cockburn Town are displayed right below.

Land Formations In Cockburn Town
Name Type Location
Colonel Murrays Hill Hill 1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Cockburn Town
English Point Point 0.7 mi. South West of Central Cockburn Town
Great Salina Pond 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Cockburn Town

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