Grand Turk island

Grand Turk Island is an island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is the largest island in the Turks Islands (the smaller of the two archipelagos that make up the island territory). Grand Turk contains the territory's capital, Cockburn Town, and the JAGS McCartney International Airport.

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The Cruise Center also serves as the launch point for many activities and shore excursions, including island tours, snorkeling cruises, 4x4 expeditions and more. For those looking to experience the deep blue Atlantic Ocean offshore, a fishing trip or whale watching adventure is a great excursion.


Families with children will enjoy the FlowRider artificial surf attraction, John Glenn and the Mercury space exploration exhibits, and the beautiful Governor's Beach.

The Grand Turk Cruise Center and Shore Excursions

The popular Grand Turk Cruise Center welcomes nearly a million guests every year and serves several ocean liners weekly. Here you’ll find a lagoon-like pool, duty-free shopping, and the largest Margaritaville in the Caribbean.


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Another great way to spend your day on Grand Turk is simply to rent a car or scooter and explore the island at your own pace. Take in the historical ambiance, visit a secluded beach, and simply have fun driving in a British Overseas Territory (we drive on the left!). With a rental vehicle, it’s convenient to see the island’s historical sights and the National Museum, attractions which represent epochs including the pre-Columbian Tainos, the Age of Discovery, the Victorian-era, the U.S. Space Race, and more. The museum is likewise a perfect place to get tourism information.

Things to Do on Grand Turk

Grand Turk is a perfect cruise ship destination. You’ll find a small tropical island with a great selection of water sports, interesting historical sights, and best of all, exquisite beaches.

The Turks and Caicos features a beautiful marine environment, and it’s no wonder that many of the island’s top activities happen on or in the ocean. There’s lounging on the beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, boat charters, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and whale watching.

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The beaches fronting the Grand Turk Cruise Center and Cockburn Town are beautiful and pristine as well. Pillory Beach to the north of Cockburn Town is another tranquil spot, with calm water and beautiful snorkeling spots.


For those looking for a bit of seclusion when on vacation, the wild and flotsam-strewn East Side Beach and White Sands Beach are excellent for beachcombing.


Grand Turk offers consistently-excellent vacation weather. The entire west coast, where all of the main beaches and the cruise center are located, is typically sheltered from the trade winds and allows for perfect beach holiday conditions.

Spectacular Beaches

The Turks and Caicos Islands is home to many of the finest beaches in the world, and Grand Turk certainly doesn’t break the rule. Grand Turk's beaches do not receive the global recognition that Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales enjoys, yet there are several incredible and serene white sand beaches to discover.


The amazing Governor’s Beach offers unparalleled crystal water and white sand. On the typical calm and sunny day, the clarity is unbelievable. The sheltered and shallow water here is perfect for the whole family.