Welcome to the Grand Turk cruise port guide. Grand Turk is the destination if you are looking to relax, enjoy the beach and sit back. Grand Turk is the largest island of the Turks and Caiscos islands. Still, the island is quite small with 18 km2 and only about 3700 inhabitants. You’ll find the capital Cockburn town on it which is not to far from the cruise port. Cockburn town is a bit of a sleepy town that is not all that interested in tourism. Grand Turk is not the most cultural or historical significant destination the world has to offer, than again it is that beach paradise where you can enjoy your all round shopping experience, have your cocktails on the beach, enjoy some water sports or simply dip in at Margarita ville. It doesn’t get more typical Caribbean than this.
Cruise Port Guide Grand Turk – Turks and Caiscos: docked
Cruise ships dock at Grand Turk’s cruise centre at the most convenient place possible. As soon as you step off the ship and walk off the cruise pier you know you are in the tourist paradise. All the well known shops and white sandy beaches are waiting for you right off the dock. As you walk off the gangway you’ll be greeted by the wall of Grand Turk (see picture), with the beach starting on both sides and the shops that automatically walk through when exiting the port. From here you have a couple of options. Stay in the near area of the ship where you find shops, beach, swimming pool and water sport activities.
However if you want to escape the busy beach at the cruise terminal you might want to head off to Pillory Beach. This is the best beach of the island. The taxi to it costs 8 US dollars per person, one way. You can also take a taxi and go explore the island. Taxi prices are on display like you see in the picture here. A taxi one way to the other side of the island will cost you 9 USD one way. Do keep in mind though that if you are well travelled or if you have already seen quit a lot of the Caribbean that Grand Turk is not the place that will blow you away in terms of sites and history. This is the ultimate Caribbean beach and shopping port.
Please see some other suggestions of what to see and do on this page. Perhaps we can inspire you and just give you that idea that will make your stay in Grand Turk a legendary one. Find all kinds of information on www.grandturkcc.com
FAQ about Grand Turk
– How far is the cruise centre from the city centre? That would be about 10 minutes drive.
– Does the ship provide a shuttle? Usually that is not the case. Everything you wish for during your stay in Grand Turk is right off the dock.
– Where can I find a Turks Head Cactus on Grand Turk? You’ll find them on the parking lot in front of the cruise terminal area. Simply go to the taxi stand to get to the right direction.
The only town on the island is Cockburn. This where you can explore local life. There is a museum and some shop to explore. The town is only a 10 minute drive from the dock.
In this museum you will find natural history exhibitions with artefacts from all different settlers of the island, the Molasses Reef wreck from the 1500’s and the washed up message in a bottle collection.
You will find this monument at the cruise terminal in Grand Turk. It commemorates John’s Glenn’s Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft that landed near the island in 1962.
Unplug and unwind at Margaritaville in Grand Turk. Just off the dock you will find this centre where everybody comes to relax in one of the many the pools, have a seat at the swim up bar or enjoy one of the many activities
Cruise ships dock at the Grand Turk Cruise Center on the south side of the island. You’ll have all the facilities close to cruise dock. Read the full cruise port guide for more information about your docking locations and things to see and do.
All the way at the northern tip of the island you will find the Grand Turk Lighthouse. This 60 feet tall structure dates back from 1852. It is a peaceful piece of coastline. Find this historic and protected site here, a picnic area or go whale watching here in February and March.
Your choices: ale or lager. These are the only 2 beers brewed on the Turk’s and Caicos islands. There is certainly some love and devotion put into these beers and it definitely is the perfect drink in this type of weather. Get this beer at any bar or restaurant on the island.
Did you know the island is named after a species of cactus. The Turk’s Cap Cactus is the type you see on the picture above. You will recognise it by its top which resembles a Ottoman Fez. Find this cactus at the taxi stand parking lot.