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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.