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Our Top 10 Grand Turk Recommendations

Here are our favourite things to see and do in Grand Turk.
Some are well know, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.

1. Scuba Dive or Snorkel off Grand Turk

The weather is suitable, and the water is great. It’s time to expose the underwater landscape at Grand Turk, which is rife with aquatic life, beautiful scenes and adventure.

 The world’s third largest coral reef.
Some of the best Turks and Caicos diving can be found on the tiny island of Grand Turk! The famous “wall” in the Columbus Landfall National Marine park is located 1/4 – 1/2 mile offshore on the leeward side of the island. This means short boat rides and convenient diving! Grand Turk is a small, undeveloped island with quiet beaches and gorgeous water. 

The Turks and Caicos Islands is a country consisting of over 40 islands and cays (pronounced “keys”), only eight of which are inhabited.  Grand Turk, being one of the most peaceful, relaxed islands in Turks and Caicos, boasting lovely white sandy beaches as well healthy wall diving just ten minutes from shore. 

2. Horseback Ride Down the Beach

Have you ever dreamed of doing a horseback ride along the white sandy beaches of a tropical get away, or doing a ride n’ swim in the shallow Caribbean waters?
On Grand Turk you can find some of the world’s most naturally beautiful and friendliest horses at Sunset Rides & Tours.

Sunset Rides and Tours is a small riding stable located near the southern end of the island of Grand Turk.
It was started in the  early 90’s by two friends  Menelik Astwood (myself) and John Virgil who met and started a friendship when we both became horse owners in the early 90’s.  We have been riding together and caring for horses since then.
All of our horses are “Island Horses/Ponies” native to these islands and have ancestral roots dating as far back as the 15th century.

Most of our horses are “second chance” horses. Horses that were neglected and abandoned by their owners and have been loved and cared for, and given a second chance at life and a second chance to bring pleasure, happiness, and joy to the lives of others.

“When a small guy doesn’t know he’s a small guy, he can do big and mighty things.”

Although smaller in size, these “Island Horses” have the hearts of giants while at the same time being as gentle as lambs.

3. Hike the Lighthouse Cliff Trails

The Lighthouse is a perfect picnic area, on your way up there the Turk and Caicos donkeys may join you as they can usually be seen wandering in this part of Grand Turk. And you may even be able to spot a few whales in February and March as it also has a fabulous view.

The Lighthouse is located on Lighthouse Road on the coast of Grand Turk. It is situated on a small limestone hill overlooking the shallow reef that extends from the northern end of the island. The building and an attached kerosene storage house overlook North Creek. This creek is said to closely resemble the description that Christopher Columbus gave for the first island he stumbled upon in the search of the New World in 1492.  Donkey trails lead from the lighthouse to the beach beneath the bluff.  

4. Gibbs Cay Stingray Adventure in Grand Turk

Gibbs Cay offers a fantastic opportunity to interact with Sting Rays.  Gibbs is a small island just off Grand Turk. From the beach you can enter the water and play with the Sting Rays.  

This is an experience that you will never forget and a rare opportunity to get up close.  Pet a Sting Ray and feel their soft underbellies and the rough topsides.  Our guide will assist you with handing them and show you how to play with them.   The Sting Rays love the attention!!!
Gibbs Cay offers a fantastic opportunity to interact with Sting Rays.  Gibbs is a small island just off Grand Turk. From the beach you can enter the water and play with the Sting Rays. For an Additional $10.00 per a Person we can include a Conch Dive and Conch Salad. On the way to Gibbs Cay we stop and dive for conch.  You can join in and give it a try yourself.  Once on Gibbs Cay we demonstrate how to clean the conch and prepare conch salad for our guest to enjoy.

5. Visit The National Museum

The Turks and Caicos National Museum is the national museum of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is located in Guinep House on Front Street to the north of Cockburn Town on Grand Turk Island, which is also the capital of the archipelago. Established in the 1980s and opened in 1991, the museum is publicly funded as a nonprofit trust. It exhibits pre-historic Lucayan culture and records the history of the islands of the colonial era and the slave trade, all related to the sea

National Museum on Front Street

Plan your visit and discover for yourself how it came to be the “best little museum in the Caribbean” and called “a little gem” by travel blogs. 

6. The Cruise Ship Center

Spend the day at the Cruise Ship Center, a self-contained tourist mecca where you can swim in one of the largest swimming pools in the Caribbean, sunbathe and even surf the pool or rent a private poolside cabana for the day.

The Grand Turk Cruise Center is a world-class, beach front cruise facility nestled among nearly 18 acres of landscaped grounds.

Visitors to the cruise center have the opportunity to peruse through a 45,000 sq. ft. shopping center which includes a 10,000 sq. ft. Dufry duty-free shop, 35,000 sq. ft. of high-end jewelry stores, unique apparel and t-shirt stores, locally crafted souvenirs and gifts, and food & beverage facilities. 

7. Clear Kayaking and Eco-Safari

The perfect mix of adventure and education, the Clear Kayaking and Eco-Safari tour is a must-do when visiting Grand Turk.

CLEAR KAYAKING & ECO SAFARI

The perfect mix of adventure and education, the Clear Kayaking and Eco-Safari tour is a must-do when visiting Grand Turk. The two-person glass-bottom kayaks allow you to experience the beauty both above and below the surface. The skilled guides will provide you with a safety briefing and tell you all about the amazing environment you will soon encounter. After that, grab your paddles and vests and begin kayaking your way down the river. Peek below you to witness some of the beautiful fish that swim just below the surface.

8. Borrow One of our Free Bikes and Explore Grand Turk

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9. Whale watching at Grand Turk

Every January to April there is pure excitement in the air as we welcome the year’s most anticipated visitors to beautiful Grand Turk: the majestic Humpback Whales.

Whale watching in Turks and Caicos and the whale behaviour you may witness is different on any given day – sometimes all we get to see is a blow in the distance while other times we are treated to a spyhop beside the boat, powerful tail slaps or impressive full body breaches, not to forget the hauntingly beautiful songs of the male whales or the clumsily inquisitive approach of a playful baby. While new mothers are usually very protective of their young calves, they become more relaxed the older the baby gets and often provide us with the most intense and memorable encounters.

10. Jack's Shack

The fantasy of a mojito hut on the beach came to reality when Jack teamed up a local diving company to build a new dive shop along the best beach in Grand Turk within walking distance of the new cruise terminal. Setting up the tiki hut on a spacious deck, Jack was instantly ready to serve cold drinks in a relaxing atmosphere.

Authentic Island cuisine, made with a combination of secret family recipes, Jamaican & local spices, and a “whole lotta love”! The aroma from our signature Jerk chicken lures in folks from up and down the beach. Or try one of our custom cocktails, or order your favorite from our full bar.  Be sure to inquire about of specialty SHOTS as well!

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