The second most visited island in Turks and Caicos, Grand Turk is a great vacation destination thanks to its numerous beaches, well-kept historical and cultural attractions, shopping, and restaurants. Tourists who dream of spending their days lazing about on this island will have to do a little bit of extra planning in order to make their way here.
Traveling to Grand Turk isn't as straight forward as one might expect when it comes to planning a vacation on an island that is home to the capital city. Visitors will have to make at least one connecting flight if they fly; however, if you arrive by sea – whether you sail your own watercraft or visit as part of a cruise, you'll have a more direct path to the island.
There are only two real transportation options to choose from once you arrive on Grand Turk – renting a car or hiring a taxi driver to get you around. Because prices are reasonable for each option, making this decision will really come down to figuring out which option suits you best.
Grand Turk is home to one of two international airports in Turks and Caicos: the . Although it is an international airport and is capable of handling large commercial jets on its one runway, currently the airport only welcomes airplanes from within the territory. This means that tourists will first have to fly to the on nearby Providenciales and then make a connecting flight aboard or . Charters with Global Airways are also available. The flight takes 30 minutes, and when you arrive you will be greeted at the small airport by a small cafe and restaurant called the , as well as several rental car agencies.
Grand Turk's official port of entry is the Government Wharf in Cockburn Town, where you will have to present customs officials with the appropriate paperwork in order to clear in. Once allowed official access, you won't have to travel far to find a place to dock, because this location is where most people decide to dock for their stay. You can find out everything you need to know about sailing to Grand Turk here.
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Although sailing into Turks and Caicos can be risky thanks to all of the coral reef, it is a must-see location for many tourists planning to see the Caribbean via cruise ship. Previous cruisers have given excursions on Grand Turk rave reviews, and so the number of ships that arrive on the island each year has begun to increase recently.
The Grand Turk Cruise Center is set on 18 acres and has everything a cruiser needs for a day on the island. Although many guests make plans to tour other parts of the island, those who want to stick nearby the terminal will find swimming pools, shopping, spas, restaurants, bars, and a beach where snorkeling is all the rage.
If you've got a valid driver's license and you are at least 21-years-old, you qualify to rent a car on Grand Turk. Experts will implore you to call well in advance of your vacation and reserve your vehicle as early as you can, because cruise ship passengers descend on the island and may snatch up all the good vehicles before you get a chance. As you practice driving around, you'll notice that Grand Turk has fairly well-kept roadways. You may come across a pot hole on occasion, but for the most part, you should have no trouble adjusting to driving in this foreign land. You'll learn more about the rental car process and driving a vehicle on the island when you click here.
Taxis on Grand Turk are set apart from those on other islands in the chain because the rates are regulated and set in advance based upon a zone system set up by the local taxi association. The amount you spend to get from one place to another depends entirely on which of the four zones on the island you are driving to and from. Rates here are also charged per person, so although fares are low, it can add up quickly when you have a large group traveling together. Click here to learn more.
As you plan your island getaway, you'll want to take all of your transportation options into consideration. Whether you prefer to fly or sail, drive yourself around or let someone local get behind the wheel, it is best to plan everything out as far in advance of your trip as possible.
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