GRAND TURK - CAPITAL of TURKS & CAICOS  ISLANDS

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Grand Turk is the administrative and political capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands and Cockburn Town has been the seat of government since 1766. This small island is bursting with turn-of-the-century Caribbean charm.

Grand Turk waterfront, Turks and Caicos Islands

Founded by Bermudan Salt Rakers some three centuries ago, its Bermudan British colonial architecture amidst the colorful, Caribbean-style local dwellings make Grand Turk worth a visit.

Chief Ministers Office and parliament building on Grand Turk - photo

Donkeys, horses and cattle were the means of transportation during the salt industry, and these animals are seen still wondering the streets and countryside of Grand Turk.

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EVENTS

Every summer Grand Turk becomes party town. In July Grand Turk is host to the annual Grand Turk Heineken Game Fishing Tournament, a fun-filled event for local and visiting sportspeople as well as party enthusiasts. Also sometime between June and September, Grand Turk parties down again with a week full of dancing to island music, sporting challenges, local food and much fun and other events to break up the heat of summer..

Turks and Caicos Royal Police Force, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

Grand Turk Governors beach on the final approach to Grand Turk airport Turks and Caicos Islands

Grand Turk is six miles long and just over a mile wide. Like the other islands, Grand Turk is blessed with miles of quiet sugary beaches and is close to several uninhabited cays just waiting to be explored. At the north point of the island, a channel to the sea gives access to North Creek, the only hurricane shelter for yachts traveling between Nassau and Puerto Rico.

 

WATER SPORTS

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Grand Turk excels in providing spectacular diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing. Grand Turk is consistently rated among the top 10 dive destinations in the World. The warm Atlantic Sea waters are filled with marine life ranging from a tiny seahorse to manta, eagle and sting rays, green and hawksbill turtles, dolphin, shark, whale shark and the magnificent humpback whale. Diving is just a 5 minute boat ride offshore to the 7,000 foot vertical wall. On the top of the wall divers enjoy diving through the incredible coral formations and sand gullies.

Grand Turk diving is relaxed, boats go out with one-tank and easily return to shore for an hour interval before going out to the government's marine conservation parks for the second dive. The local dive operators have combined efforts forming an organization to 'Protect Reefs & Islands from Degradation and Exploitation' ensuring that the reefs are managed and used with respect.

AN OASIS OF DIVING ON GRAND TURK
Story & Photos by Kathy Borsuk

 

SIGHTSEEING ON GRAND TURK

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Grand Turk houses the Turks & Caicos National Museum which displays span the whole of human history in the Turks and Caicos, from Indian occupations starting at 700 AD right up to modern times, the arrival of John Glenn after his historic three-orbit space flight in 1962. The Turks & Caicos National Museum also has a Natural History gallery with displays on the Geology of the Turks and Caicos and Reef and Island Ecology. The recovered artifacts of the "Molasses Reef Wreck" (1513), the oldest known European shipwreck in the New World, are displayed along with manuscripts, prints and items of art and culture relating to the history of the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Marta's Photo Gallery of Grand Turk

- Lucayan Gallery Exhibit in the Museum -

Turks and Caicos Islands postage stamps will surprise and delight you beside being a lightweight souvenir from the islands. An ever-changing variety of collectors stamps and post cards are available from the Philatelic Bureau on Church Folley in the Franklin Missick Building, open Monday - Friday. Stop in and tell Girley hello.

Grand Turk waterfront, Turks and Caicos Islands

A lighthouse and the remains of a United States Navy Base are located on the northeast point of the island. The remains of a U.S. Air Force Base are on the west coast. This Grand Turk U.S. Air Force tracking station which began in the early 1950s until it closed in 1984.

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On Feb. 20 1962 astronaut John Glenn, in the Project Mercury Space Program, became the first American to orbit the earth and his space capsule splashed down in Grand Turk waters and was brought to the island for a medical checkup and post flight de-briefing. A first hand account of this historical event includes postage stamps and a special envelope autographed by John Glenn, which would be of interest to stamp collectors, postal historians and those interested in Turks and Caicos Islands history.

Grand Turk Queen Street on the Waterfront of Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands

Photographers enjoy old Bermudian-style archtecture, gates and doorways, beautiful turquoise waters and colorful plants that set Grand Turk apart from the other islands with its endearing Caribbean charm.

MORE GRAND TURK PHOTOS
More to date, you can now visit the Grand Turk Cruise Port and watch the cruise ship tourists and visit the shops and Jimmy Buffet's mega restaurant & bar Margaritaville.

GRAND TURK HISTORICAL INTRIGUE

The Turks and Caicos Islands have been documented by H.E. Sadler who spent years of research writing this delightful, easily read history book full of colorful pictures and fascinating history capsules. For students of history, residents and visitors to the Islands, this work is a revealing and authoratative account of the Turks and Caicos Islands from the earliest times to the present and an indispensable tool for further research on the Turks and Caicos. To find out more click here.

Grand Turk caribbean architecture

 

A considerable amount of archeological research has been done by the Earthwatch Institute, Dr William Keegan and Betsy Carlson, on the Coralie Site located at the north end of Grand Turk on the edge of North Creek. The archeology is done under the aegis of the T&C National Museum and the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville. Volunteers are recruited through Earthwatch, but they are not responsible for the research.

For historical details see:

  • The Coralie Site, Grand Turk
  • Earthwatch Report, Grand Turk, 1996
  • Earthwatch Report, Grand Turk, 1997
  • Pre-Columbian Archeology of the TCI
  • GRAND TURK: Its Bones are the key
  • The Columbus Landfall Page

  • GRAND TURK MAPS click here

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    ACCOMMODATION
    Bohio Dive Resort
    Crabtree Apartments
    Grand Turk Inn
    Island House Hotel
    Manta House
    Osprey Beach Hotel
    Salt Raker Inn
    Seabreeze
    GRAND TURK TRAVEL
    Air Turks & Caicos
    Ferry to Salt Cay
    Marco Travel
    More on Turks & Caicos
    Tony's Car Rental
    GRAND TURK RECREATION
    Blue Water Divers
    Grand Turk Diving Co. Ltd.
    National Parks
    Oasis Divers
    Oceanscapes Spa
    Waterloo Golf Club
    GRAND TURK RESTAURANTS
    Secret Garden at
    Salt Raker Inn
    The Sand Bar
    Guanahani Restaurant at Bohio Dive Resort
    The Bird Cage
    Mookie Pookie Pizza
    Joans Deli
    GRAND TURK BUSINESS
    Barnett and Associates - Legal Services
    Finbar F.Demsey & Company
    FirstCaribbean International Bank
    LIME
    ICSL - Legal services
    ICSL Trust Corporation
    Imperial Courier Service
    Imperial Security
    Philatelic Bureau
    Rodney & Associates
    S.McCleery Attorney
    TCInvest- Investments
    T&C Banking Co Ltd
    A-1 Business Machines Electronics HI-FI -
    Ambiance - Home Decor
    GRAND TURK REAL ESTATE
    Beach Condo Sales
    Coldwell Banker
    ERA Coralie Properties
    Tropical Paradise Realty
    Turks and Caicos Real Estate
    Turks & Caicos Realty
    SERVICE CLUBS
    GT Chamber of Commerce
    Includes complete business directory for Grand Turk
    Kiwanis
    Red Cross
    Soroptimist Int'l
    PUBLICATIONS 
    Department of Environment & Coastal Resources
    Times of the Islands
    Turks & Caicos Free Press
    Turks Islands Landfall A History of the Turks & Caicos Islands
    WEATHER FORECAST

    Forecast for Grand Turk

    GRAND TURK CHURCHES
    Anglican Church Rectory (649) 946-1301
    Bible Baptist -
    (649) 946-1973
    Church of God Of Prophecy 946-1160
    Holy Cross Catholic Church (649) 946-1777
    Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses - (649) 946-2727

    Methodist Church
    (649) 946-2351

    Mission House - Bible Study Ministries
    New Testament Church of God (649) 946-2175
    Outreach Ministries of Love - (649) 231-4293
    Roman Catholic Mission (649) 941-5136
    Salem Baptist -
    (649) 946-2565
    Seventh Day Adventist - Front Street
    St Mary's Anglican - (649) 946-2289

     

     
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