Grand Turk Attractions

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Grand Turk has been the capital of Turks and Caicos since 1766, and much of the island retains that colonial feel.  This is especially true along the oceanfront and the historic section of Cockburn Town where you'll find some of the best landmarks.  Beaches are another set of attractions you won't want to miss, and it is recommended that you stick to the west and north coast for the calmest waters and smoothest sands. 


Governor's Beach

You'll discover a large number of beaches to enjoy on the island. Snorkeling is available at several locations, if some of the people in your group enjoy the underwater scene. Click on each beach name for detailed information about that section of the coast.

If you want to snorkel, a beach with that option is Gibbs Cay. The only way to access Gibbs Cay is via boat, often hired from Grand Turk which is the nearest large island to the Cay. Tour groups with a focus on snorkeling often plan trips to the Cay, making it perhaps the easiest way to find transportation there.

Attractions Map

Another top pick for snorkeling fans is Little Bluff Point. Little Bluff Point Beach is set on the northern tip of Grand Turk, just west of the Grand Turk Lighthouse. Visitors to this beach will enjoy excellent beach combing opportunities as well as calm waters perfect for snorkeling.

Governor's Beach: Bring your own equipment to set out on an adventurous snorkeling trip off the coast, or take a relaxing stroll down the shore at this unpopulated beach. Often voted as one of the best secluded beaches in Turks and Caicos, Governor's Beach can't be missed.

These examples are merely a few of what you can find. To read a more detailed discussion of beaches, go to this page.

Landmark Attractions

Turks & Caicos National Museum

A landmark worth visiting is Turks & Caicos National Museum. It is located within western Grand Turk. 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.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is The Salt House. It is located within central Grand Turk. 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.

H.M. Prison Museum: History buffs are sure to enjoy the H.M. Prison Museum where visitors and walk through and explore a prison from the 1800's.

That's not all -- you can find additional choices. Click this link to read our discussion of other enjoyable places to visit on and around the island.

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other options like these on Grand Turk can be seen right below.

Land Formations On Grand Turk
Name Type Location
Colonel Murrays Hill Hill Central Grand Turk
English Point Point 1.8 mi. South West of Central Grand Turk
Great Salina Pond Central Grand Turk
Hawkes Nest Salina Pond 8.9 mi. Northeast of Central Balfour Town
Hawkes Pond Salina Pond 9.2 mi. Northeast of Central Balfour Town
Matersons Point Point 1.3 mi. South of Central Grand Turk
North East Point Point 3.1 mi. North of Central Grand Turk
Town Pond Pond Central Grand Turk

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