When in Grand Turk

Since 1766, Grand Turk has been the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. t’s dotted with the remains of salt ponds and windmills from the island’s sea salt industry, prevalent from the 17th to 20th century. The 19th-century Grand Turk Lighthouse is perched on a rocky bluff in the north. Beaches with clear water ring the island, which is home to wild horses and donkeys. 

Area6.95 mi²

Lengthapproximately 7 miles long 

Population4,831 (2012)

grand turk

What can you do in Grand Turk? Relax on the beach, duty free shop, and get your passport stamped. That’s it! We rented a golf cart for US $100 and drove the island and sad to say there wasn’t very much to see or do.  We saw 

  • pink flamingos in a salt pond from afar.

wild flamingos in grand turk

  • Lots of malnourished donkeys and cows 

cow in grand turk

  • Very Small government buildings, police station, gas stations, schools, shops, and lots of churches
  • Food trucks


  • The airport 

grand turk national airpoty

  • The lighthouse 
  • Houses (small and large)
  • Property destroyed by hurricane 
  • a publishing house

publishing house in grand turk

What we enjoyed 

  • The white sand, crystal clear waters at Governor’s beach 

governors beach grand turk

  • Jamaica jerk chicken at Jack’s bar and grill on the beach
Jack's bar and grill grand turk

Others enjoyed duty free shopping and meeting the island's celebrity dog, Topher.

We collect stamps, not things!


Where to stay

I absolutely don’t recommend staying here!! Other travel advisors and reviewers agree, it is not worth visiting!

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