Grand Turk, the Capital of Turks and Caicos Islands, is one of the smallest islands in the Caribbean. But do not let its size deceive you because the island is known to have some of the best tourist destinations and activities, including shining white sand beaches, historical towns, and great eats. Here are the top things to do when visiting Grand Turk for a day.
SunRay Beach – Sitting just right next to the island’s cruise ship docks, SunRay Beach is a beautiful white sandy beach. While the neighboring islands have their best beaches far away from the tourist trail, Grand Turk tenders its very best right after you disembark from the cruise ship. The beach offers lounge chairs and jetski rentals and anything in between. When looking for refreshments, head over to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and Senor Frogs, or the countless restaurants and bars scattered along the beachfront.
Gibbs Cay – Gibbs Cay, located east of Grand Turk, is another luxurious white sand beach perfect for a relaxing time. It’s also known for giving visitors the exciting opportunity to swim with the stingrays. Circumnavigate the small island and enjoy the low lying hills and the local flora and fauna, or head out 50 yards from the beach into the beautiful coral reef bursting with a multitude of tropical fishes and marine animals.
Cockburn Town – Cockburn Town, at the western part of the island, is a historic Caribbean town best explored on foot. Discover landmarks, restaurants on the main streets of Duke and Front Street. Browse Duke Street and marvel at the 200-year old Freeman House and the famous Turks Head Inn that was built in 1840. Take selfies with the many well-preserved historic buildings on Front Street as your background. You can also find the National Museum of Turks and Caicos on Front Street.
The National Museum of Turks and Caicos – The National Museum of Turks and Caicos Islands houses well-curated exhibits that reflect the islands’ natural environment and vibrant culture. The museum also features the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest shipwreck ever found in the western hemisphere. After connecting with and learning about the islands’ history, you can browse the manicured garden as well as local crafts and items at their souvenir shop.
The Sandbar Restaurant – If you want to grab a bite of the mouth-watering lobster quesadilla and the best burgers in the world while watching the white sand and turquoise waters of Grand Turk, head to the Sandbar Restaurant. It’s owned and run by two energetic Canadian sisters, which tell a lot about the friendly service. Other favorites on their menu include cracked conch, grilled shrimps and fish-and-chips.
Although small in size, Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands can give you a handful when it comes to destinations, sightseeing, and beach excursions and of course wine and dine. These are just some of the things to see and do in the island; there are many more that wait for you to discover.