Cockburn Town on Grand Turk is the Capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, which consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. The name comes from a species of cactus on the island, the Turk’s Cap Cactus. The town is known for its long, narrow streets and old street lamps. It is possibly the landfall island of Christopher Columbus during his discovery of the New World in 1492. San Salvador Island or Samana Cay in the Bahamas is traditionally considered the site of Columbus’ first landfall, but some believe that studies of Columbus’ journals show that Grand Turk fits his descriptions much more closely.
The One Thing You Don’t Want to Miss:
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure: Snorkeling with stingrays at Gibbs Cay. These relatively tame creatures will swim right into your arms as they glide around you. They have velvety soft skin and love to have their bellies rubbed. Despite their frightening name, they are very gentle and won’t hurt you as long as you stay away from their tails.
Other Fun Things To Do:
- Spend the day swimming and soaking up the sun on Grand Turk’s white-sand beaches.
- Take a 4×4 island safari or go on a dune buggie tour.
- Tour historic Cockburn Town and the old salinas (salt pans).
- See historic landmarks, from an 1853 lighthouse to sturdy Bermudan bungalows.
- Visit the Turks & Caicos National Museum, which is housed in the colonial-era Guinep House. The house is almost 200 years old and much of its structural material came from local shipwrecks including a ship’s mast, which is one of the building’s main supports.
- Shop for duty-free jewelry and local crafts in the colorful Grand Turk Cruise Center.
- Sip a frosty Turks Head Lager at a beachside bar.
- Sample fresh conch, a Caribbean mollusk, after an educational tour of Conch World.
- Go kayaking to Madison Point in glass-bottom kayaks!
- Snorkel or dive the coral reefs fringing Grand Turk.
- Snorkel the fringing coral reef or dive the 7,000-ft. vertical wall just minutes offshore.
The US dollar is the official currency of Turks and Caicos Islands. Most hotels, restaurants and taxi services accept traveler’s cheques, which can be cashed at local banks. Most credit cards are accepted and banks offer ATM’s as well as cash advances on credit cards.
You can find more information on Cockburn Town and the Turks and Caicos Islands, at the official destination website:
Spend The Day Soaking Up The Sun
Historic Cockburn Town
Swimming With Stingrays
Grand Turk’s White-Sand Beaches