Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Whenever I hear the name “Turks and Caicos”, I think of the Miss Universe pageant that I watched on TV when I was a kid and I heard “Miss Turks and Caicos” for the first time, and I remember thinking: what a weird name for a place! I still think it is a very unique name, and am glad to have now visited the place.
Welcome to Grand Turk!
I spent a day in Grand Turk -island, which is only 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. Tiny place really, so I honestly didn’t feel that I needed to spend more than a day exploring Grand Turk because of its small size. Turks and Caicos has bigger and more populated islands like Providenciales.
The Beach is super close to the Cruise Port.
The capital of Grand Turk is the town of Cockburn. I would really classify it as a village, because of its size – it’s small too! The island does have a high school, a two year college, a hospital and an airport that cater to the 5000 people living on the island. There are many nice looking small hotels and inns.
Grand Turk -island is only 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.
I loved visiting the Lighthouse at the Northern most point of the island, it is a cool place to take photos, but you cannot go inside the lighthouse itself. I loved the wild donkeys that walk around the island, (and especially around the Lighthouse). I guess the donkeys aren’t exactly “wild” because they are used to humans and they let you pet them.
Lighthouse at the Northern most point of the island with some of my donkey friends.
I also loved learning about the salt production that used to take place on Grand Turk (it doesn’t anymore). I am a huge lover of salt, and I would have loved it if salt production still too place here to taste some salt “as it is made”.
Salt production on Grand Turk.
There is a beautiful beach right by the Cruise Ship port. The sea is beautiful turquoise and where you see the sea turn dark blue, is a 7000 ft. drop of the sea floor. The beach has a casino for gambling called Santa Maria Gaming Saloon, right next to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville that has swimming pools and a wakeboard pool, that are really fun.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.
Beach in front of the Margaritaville and Santa Maria Gaming Saloon.
Beach by the Cruise Port.
Turks and Caicos is the location where the United States Space Capsule from Mercury-Atlas 6 with Astronaut John Glenn splashed down. There is an exact size replica that you can see on the island.
Replica of the United States Space Capsule from Mercury-Atlas 6 that Astronaut John Glenn splashed down in.