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 number of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. You can click on each beach name to get additional information about that section of the coast.

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.

A second location worth considering is Town Beach. Town Beach, with its calm waters and off shore reefs, is a popular spot for sunners, swimmers, and snorkelers.

Osprey Beach: Right in front of Osprey Beach Hotel is the beautiful Osprey Beach. Despite the fact that the most frequent visitors are hotel guests, the beach is in fact open to the public and offers a great chance to snorkel with vibrant tropical fish and you may even catch a glimpse of an octopus.

Cockburn Town and the surrounding areas have several other beaches to choose from. To read about other beaches available, navigate to this page.


H.M. Prison Museum

Assuming you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in Cockburn Town.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is H.M. Prison Museum. It is located within 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 common landmark for vacationers is The Salt House. It is located in northeastern Cockburn Town. Exhibits here talk about the ships that were used to build the industry, a tour of the salt canals, and a visit to a working windmill replica. There is also a gift shop on site which sells souvenirs of locally produced products.

Turks & Caicos National Museum: The Turks and Caicos National Museum is located in a historic building in Cockburn Town. The facility is a non-profit, and receives no help from the government, but maintains a great collection of all things culturally and historically Turks and Caicos.

The following table offers more details regarding a few the museums you might enjoy in and around the area.

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 can experience some other interesting sites close to Cockburn Town.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life interest you, you might want to see 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 visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Cockburn Town are displayed here:

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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