Grand Turk is the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. Grand Turk is located 30 miles south of the Bahamas and 575 miles from Florida. The island is 7 miles long and 1 ½ miles wide. Some of the best diving sites are located here as well as a world class cruiseship terminal.
Turks and Caicos diving is world renowned, having many dive sites for beginners as well as advanced divers. Home to one of the largest coral reefs in the world, divers can dive off the coral wall to a 7,000 foot drop into the Caribbean Sea. Pillory Beach was voted the best diving beach in the world. The beach features wall dives and a series of underwater tunnels. Turks and Caicos diving sites offer opportunities to see many exotic forms of sea life including sea turtles, mantas and a variety of tropical fish.
An interesting site on the island is the historic lighthouse. This stone edifice was brought in pieces from the United Kingdom 1852. It offers great views of the island as well as whale watching in February and March.
The Turks and Caicos Museum is one of the oldest stone buildings on the island and houses a number of artifacts of the early inhabitants of the islands. Grand Turk is famous for its role in America’s space program. Astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter splashed down just offshore from the museum.
This tropical paradise has turquoise water so characteristic of the Caribbean and miles of pink sand beaches which are free and open to the public.
The Turks and Caicos islands feature a state of the art cruiseship terminal large enough to accommodate super cruise ships. The Cruise Center is one of the main attractions of the island featuring the pier, a welcome center, swimming pool, one thousand feet of beachfront and the FlowRider, a surfing attraction . Visitors can experience a seafood buffet of local Caribbean specialties , or enjoy a tropical drink at Jimmy Buffet‘s “Margaritaville”.
Other activities include golf, beach horseback riding, cycling, 4X4 vehicle adventures, shopping for local crafts and tours of the island.