Exploring Grand Turk: The Capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Grand Turk is an island located in the

Turks and Caicos

Islands, the largest of the two archipelagoes that form it. Since 1766, it has been the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and it is home to a rich colonial heritage. Donkeys and horses, which were once the only means of transportation, now roam freely in nature. The island offers a variety of activities for visitors, from shopping in small boutiques in Cockburn Town to exploring the marine environment.

There are also many restaurants that serve delicious local cuisine, as well as a museum that houses vivid exhibits about the history of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The main cruise ship dock on Grand Turk Island was damaged in September 2020 as a strengthening measure. At the entrance to the airport, a replica of Friendship 7 is on display to commemorate the connection with the Mercury and Gran Turca space program. Grand Turk is also home to some of the best beaches in the world, and visitors can enjoy them while disembarking from one of the 300 cruise ships that dock annually at the Grand Turk Cruise Center.

The Great Turkish Lighthouse dominates the dangerous Northern Reef, and Cockburn Town is home to much of the British-Bermudian architecture of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It also has a cultural market offering handmade gifts and souvenirs from the Turks and Caicos Islands and neighboring Caribbean countries.