Before any great journey, I read, check out travel sites, forums and read some more. I make sure that I know what the ‘hot spots’ are anywhere we go because I want to see them.
Most recently we visited Grand Turk, and while it is not Turks and Caicos it is just as beautiful and waiting to be unpeeled. You know me, and you know that I uncover destinations by peeling each layer back like an onion skin. The deeper I peel, the more I learn.
Are you looking for 6 things to do in Grand Turk? Here’s your check-off list to help you lavishly live travel out loud while in Grand Turk.
Grand Turk Background
We arrived at Grand Turk via Holland America as a media guest. I only boast the best of the best and Holland America and it’s choice ports of call all allowed me to lavishly live travel out loud!
Grand Turk, is an island that is between the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. The capitol is located in Grand Turk, and it is Cockburn Town. Grand Turk is the capital island of Turks and Caicos.
Did you know that Christopher Columbus was here on his first visit to the New World in 1492? Now, Grand Turk offers an incredible port of call with all the amenities that cruise-goers could wish for.
Most stays for cruise ships are early morning to early afternoon. I will state that personally, the island is small, but there is a lot to do. Hardly can you do all the things you want on Grand Turk, so it is great to get a ‘taste’ of the island and plan a return trip later to really indulge in everything (IMO).
6 Things To Do In Grand Turk
So when you reach here by ship, the sign at the port that greets you looks like this!
The water looks divine, right?
Look at how many chairs are waiting for you.
You could stay here and enjoy Margaritaville, or you could get out there and see Grand Turk! WiFi is here (just in case you are jonesing for it)
Hail down the best private tour you can, you could use the one we did!
1. Governor’s Beach
Tourists and locals swim here, after all the water beckons. It is very calm here and so pristine.
You do not fish here nor do you touch the coral (what there is). You do swim in rather calm, clear water, but you have to get there by taxi to enjoy it.
Crystal clear water
The ship here was washed ashore during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, it is the Mega One Triton. To take photos here is breathtaking. In fact, this is super close to town, yet you need a taxi to get here because it would be quite a hike from the port.
2. Cockburn Town, Front Street
Color abounds, architecture is stunnig, and so simple. There’s nothing like welcoming beach towns and here we were about to shop. Far enough away from the port that it is reasonable and there are places to buy clothing, and water. Read on for more detail. A quick cab ride from the port.
The architecture is gorgeous and at first, all I could do was stare, then I started snapping photos. Here you will find grand old British-Bermudian colonial-like buildings. Many buildings are filled with history and some are just fantastic for backdrops for photos. Some buildings are used by the government and others have been recycled into hotels and businesses.
These streets are filled when ships arrive with tourists and those selling their wares. It is a place that many stay as there are places for rent, etc. Everywhere you look you will feel a beach vibe.
This is St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Cockburn Town on Front Street, it does make a fabulous photo. They say that every church you visit brings you good luck. so stop in and get blessed with some luck! In between, you will find some fabulous shopping, places to grab cold drinks (water for $1 a bottle) and a good walking area.
Shopping in the area is not the largest we have been in, but remember you can also shop in the port. We saw tees, and arts, and some crafts, it is just a great area for that. As far as pricing, it is definitely better than the port area.
The Pier To Nowhere
I loved this pier, and while not walkable, a great backdrop to all the endless options of the Cockburn Town area.
4. The Grand Turk Lighthouse
So this is a popular attraction but there is a little nonsense here as well. You go to this and can capture a great photo without going onto the grounds.
If you choose to go onto the grounds to capture a photo, you pay $3 a person, which can be used towards gifts (nothing is $3 or for beverages). Beer is $5 so you have to pay more money, water is $3 a bottle (which you could pay $1 for in town), so you get where I am going.
Consider it a donation and walk away, the beer we had was old. There are a lot of bugs flying too, so make sure to slap on the repellant. There are donkeys all over and donkey dong as well (flies, etc) While I would not have missed the photo op, going on the ground is not necessary.
As a lighthouse buff, I loved getting to visit this non-working lighthouse. In fact, Grand Turk’s lighthouse was built in 1853, since many ships used to wreck into the northern coast of Grand Turk. It is the only lighthouse on the Turks and Caicos Island chain and was necessary to keep shipping moving without wrecks.
Both UK and US governments requested the lighthouse so that fewer wrecks would occur.
Here’s What You Will See If You Go On The Grounds
5. Photo With A Donkey
There are so many donkeys on the island, and they are in the darndest places. One donkey was standing on a railing. Another in a doorway and these were just at the lighthouse. Do not stand behind the donkeys.
Donkeys are in the parking lot, they are along the road, standing on front porches, on the beach, you will simply see them everywhere.
Donkeys are there from the days of the Salt industry, but now are just misplaced animals, roaming everywhere. Donkies here drink beer and get drunk so we heard. They actually drink out of bottles like babies. The donkeys are pretty docile and so used to people.
6. Columbus Landfall National Park
Remember, learn the history and then kick back and relax at the Columbus Landfall National Park. Relax the day goes by fast. The areas with beach access are all over the island and this one was right next to a place to stay. It is a public beach with a list of rules and they need to be followed.
Lavishly live travel out loud with these 6 things to do in Grand Turk!
Dana is a world traveler, sharing every location she travels to. Every destination is like an onion, offering more and more as its layers are peeled back.