If you ever find yourself in Turks and Caicos then make sure to island hop over to Grand Turk! Grand Turk is the territory’s capital island, and the cutest little island. To make the most of your experience on this piece of Caribbean paradise, check out this list of things to do!
Rent Fun Transportation
Grand Turk is very small (6.95 square miles), so it is very easy to navigate! Rent a car, scooter, golf cart or bicycle and scoot around the island checking out the sites. Keep in mind the island-wide speed limit is 20MPH and they drive on the left side of the road. There are also taxis available, but I think it is so much more fun to go at your own pace. If you do rent an open air vehicle, make sure to wear sunscreen!
Splashdown at Grand Turk
Did you know Grand Turk played a roll in the space age? John Glenn’s Friendship 7 splashed down off the coast of Grand Turk. You can find a replica of the Friendship 7 on display at the entrance to the Grand Turk Island airport. There is also an exhibit dedicated to Grand Turk’s role in the space age inside the Cruise Center.
Grand Turk Lighthouse
The Grand Turk Lighthouse is the only lighthouse on the island, and holds quite a bit of history. Prefabricated in England, the lighthouse was constructed in 1852 to help ward off ships that wrecked off the northern coast. However, it was not very effective since the light was only visible for 15 miles. A visit to this lighthouse provides a little history of this quaint Caribbean island, like how it could be the first place Christopher Columbus landed in the new world, and stunning views of the ocean.
Swim with Stingrays
Ever wanted to swim with stingrays? Then you need to find your way over to Gibbs Cay. This small uninhabitaded island is located about a mile off the shores of Grand Turk. The shallow waters make it the perfect location for stingrays, which come ashore with the boats. There are several tour companies that provide tours out to Gibbs Cay, otherwise known as Stingray City, and several include snorkeling. Be sure to give one a kiss before you leave!
Explore the Reefs
Go under the sea and explore the amazing reefs Grand Turk has to offer. Several of the ancient coral shelves can be accessed from shore, near Cockburn Town Beach and English Point. You can also opt for a boat tour that will take you out further. We opted for this option, and the shelves were stunning! Also, if you visit between January and April you might catch a glimpse of the humpbackwhales as they migrate south.
Stroll Cockburn Town
If strolling the town is more your style, then be sure to stop in Cockburn Town and stroll down Duke and Front Streets. The town provides a wonderful selection of historical buildings, and is definitely worth checking out while you are there. Note: You pass through Cockburn Town on your way from the cruise center or airport to the lighthouse.
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