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'll discover several beaches to enjoy in and around the area. You can click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that particular location.

Cedar Grove Beach: Smooth, tan colored sands line the shore of Cedar Grove Beach, which is backed by palm trees and hotel buildings. The waters are a clear aquamarine that allow snorkelers to see fish, anemones, and coral reef almost immediately.

Another place to consider 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.

These are only some of the options that are available. To get more information on beaches available, check out this page.


H.M. Prison Museum

If you like to explore other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Cockburn Town.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit The Salt House. It is located in 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: Exhibits here off guests the opportunity to learn about everything from natural history to ship wrecks, the slave trade, and every day life on the island. The two-story building also houses a library and a shop.

The following chart enables you to learn more details regarding a few 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

Visitors will discover some other intriguing sites worth visiting close to Cockburn Town.

If the nitty gritty aspects of living by the sea intrigue you, you might enjoy visiting Grand Turk Lighthouse. A historic landmark protected by the National Trust, the Grand Turk Lighthouse sits on the northern tip of the island and at one time served to protect ships that traveled at night from wrecking on the off-shore reefs.

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 area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Cockburn Town are provided directly 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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