Attractions on Grand Turk

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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 will discover a large selection of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, for people who are so inclined. Click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that part of the coast.

A local beach where snorkeling is a popular 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 good choice for snorkelers is Little Bluff Point. When Lighthouse Road comes to an end, that is where you will find Little Bluff Point Beach. Along the way you will encounter numerous parking lots at which you can park your vehicle.

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.

The island has a full range of beach choices. To see our full guide to beaches, go to this page.

Landmark Attractions

Turks & Caicos National Museum

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Turks & Caicos National Museum. It is found in western Grand Turk. 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.

Another landmark worth visiting is The Salt House. It is located in 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.

These examples are just a few of the options worth consideration Those needing to find more details about other sites worth visiting on Grand Turk on this page.

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions 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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