Grand Turk Things to Do
Whether it’s a stop on your cruise or a vacation destination by itself, there are both modern and historic attractions worth visiting during your stay.
Cockburn Town Beach
The Cockburn Town Beach offers beautiful white sand, clear water, and a British Colonial Architecture backdrop.
The beach is quite narrow, and there can be a bit of surf when the ocean swell is high. Due to seawalls, jetties and docks, Cockburn Beach is broken into many small beaches. The access near the Sandbar Restaurant on Duke Street offers convenient parking and what is probably the best snorkelling in the area.
There are many shops on Grand Turk that have everything including jewelry, liquor, cosmetics, watches, Lladro figurines, beach wear, souveniers and clothing. Most of the shops are overpriced, but you might find something you like at Little Switzerland.
Margaritaville has its own pool area and swim up bar. The pool is free to cruise passengers and covers a large area. The pool is surrounded by cabanas (for rent) and numerous lounge chairs.
This rare early cast iron lighthouse was partly restored and reactivated in 1998. The focal plane is 33 m (108 ft) with a white flash every 7.5 seconds. Located at the northern tip of Grand Turk Island, the lighthouse is accessible by road. It can be seen from a cruise ship coming in to the island, and there’s a lady who sells water and drinks from a cooler under a tree.
Turks and Caicos National Museum
The Grand Turk Turks & Caicos National Museum displays the history of the Turks and Caicos, from Indian occupation starting at 700 AD up to modern times, including the arrival of John Glenn after his historic three-orbit space flight in 1962. They also have a Natural History gallery with presentations on the Geology of the Turks and Caicos and Reef and Island Ecology.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Turks & Caicos.