Grand Turk Travel Guide

  • View from the island
    View from the island
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  • Things to Do
    by cjg1
  • Lighthouse from the sea side
    Lighthouse from the sea side
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Grand Turk Things to Do

  • Snorkeling

    Our 2nd stop on the cruise excursion was a snorkeling stop which was much more satisfying than the stop at Gibbs Cay but we could have snorkeled with a variety of private excursion operators and have had a much smaller group of people. Here we saw the usual variety of tropical fish and also a handful of nurse sharks that were lurking on the bottom....

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  • Independent options

    If I were to ever return to Grand Turk, I would definitely not book a ship tour again. It had been such a long time since I had booked one that I forgot how awful they were. Here were some of the suggestions people had when I was looking for something independentGrand Turk Diving info@gtdiving.com 649-946-1559http://www.gtdiving.com/cruise.htmBlue...

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  • Go to the beach

    The Princess ships dock at what is essentially a private port, once you get off the ship you will find a long stretch of beach, some shopping and a Margaritaville. Turning right from the ship to go to the beach seemed less crowded than the beach right outside of Margaritaville. It reminds me of a beach at a resort with all of the beach chairs lined...

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  • Gibb's Cay

    We went out to Gibb's Cay on a Princess excursion, booked through the ship only because it appeared to be the only way to visit Gibb's Cay and the stingrays. In restrospect it was the wrong decision, the tour we booked which stopped at Gibb's Cay and at another snorkeling spot was disappointing, our visit with the stingray, singular not plural,...

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  • Take an Ocean Dip

    The water on Grand Turk is absolutely perfect. The water is clear with wonderful shades of blue. The sand is soft like sugar. Our last visit to Grand Turk we arived on the beach and staked out two lounge chairs closest to the water's edge. Liz jumped in right away into the warm water and spent some time swimming alone before I decided to just get...

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  • Beautiful Beaches

    The beaches of Grand Turk are outrageously beautiful. The sand is white, the water crystal blue and the palm trees provide a perfect shade. The water was warm like bathwater and was refreshing to walk through or to swim. I could get used to living in a place like this....it's my idea of heaven.

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Grand Turk Hotels

  • Bohio Dive Resort

    Bohio is a nice surprise! We booked on a whim, taking advantage of a post holiday special. The...

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  • Osprey Beach Hotel

    Duke St., PO Box 216, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Grand Turk Inn

    Front Street, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Grand Turk Restaurants

  • Back to Barbie's

    Every single time we go to Grand Turk, we make it a point to go downtown to Barbie's. It had been several years so this time I failed to bring a list of my favorites there and had them put together some things for us. I still recommend all of the items from the first visit -- see my other review -- but DO NOT miss the chicken curry. I don't even...

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  • Local Food? Eat at Barbie's!

    Downtown in Grand Turk. Just a small place with giant flavors and the best conch fritters I have ever had in my life. This place may not look like much but it is authentic local food. When I saw the handwritten sign out front advertising hash lobster, peas and grits and fried plantain, I knew this was the spot! So in we went, and after talking to...

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  • Sometimes you just want some Nachos....

    Margaritaville is the only food option available in Grand Turk without a trip into town. Liz and I stop here on every visit to Grand Turk. We are usually arriving via a cruise ship and are craving some nachos. Margaritaville is a pretty big place (two levels) with a large open patio style dining room. The dining area was large with high ceilings...

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Grand Turk Nightlife

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    Poolside Entertainment: Music at Sunset

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 12, 2009

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    After our pefect day on Grand Turk we headed up to the pool deck to watch the sunset. As we strolled around deck the band began to play so me really great music. Liz and I were able to enjoy the sunset with a bit of background music...what could be beter than that?

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Grand Turk Transportation

  • Caribbean Princess

    My wife Liz and I hopped aboard the The Caribbean Princess for a nine day Caribbean Cruise out of Brooklyn along with my Mother and her fiancee Hal. The Cruise Ports includes stops at: Bermuda, San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. I was a nice nine day cruise with beautiful weather except for San Juan and a great ship.Princess likes to give the big...

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  • Emerald Princess

    The Emerald Princess was a great cruise ship to sail. We enjoy cruising; it is a relaxing way to travel from island to island. Go to sleep at sea and wake up in a new port....no worries. Our last port of call on the Emerald Princess was Grand Turk; which is one of our favorite islands.

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  • arriving by cruise ship

    Nowadays the most common way people reach Grand Turk is by cruise ship. Those ships mostly belong to Carnival Corp - which means Princess, Carnival and Holland America. The reason is simple: the company has invested a lot of money to design and build a fancy cruise terminal with retail shops, restaurants and bars, a swimming-pool and a recreation...

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Grand Turk Shopping

  • Beach Wear

    The Dizzy Donkey is a shop that has assorted beachwear, coverups, swim suits, sundresses, flips and jewelry for women. We always wander in but the items are way too overpriced for what they are.

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  • Tee Shirts, Swim suits, beach wear,...

    Piranah Joe's is a store that has souvenirs, tee shirts, bathing suits and other such clothing all with the Piranha Joe logo or theme. Piranha Joe stores are scattered throughout the ports of the Caribbean and I have yet to see one during my travels in the U.S. Our last visit to Grand Turk in July 2010, I decided to buy a tee shirt here. I had...

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  • Parrot Head Collectibles

    The Trading Post has all things Margaritaville themed such as : tee shirts, swimwear, glasses, towels, hats, magnets, posters, license plates and more. Any parrot head or fan of Margaritaville can find a gift or souvenir they like in this shop. Liz and I wanted to get some Margaritaville pilser glasses when we first arrived but we wound up ordering...

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Grand Turk Local Customs

  • Washing Off the Sand & Salt

    There is no worse feeling than walking around with caked on sand on your feet or sand in your suit. There are several areas with outdoor shower type faucets to rinse off your body and feet in the beach area. The restrooms on Grand Turk also come equipped with such faucets and seperate changing areas. Washing off the sand and salt makes you feel...

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  • Towel Animals

    One of our favorite things about crusing is the towel animals left by the stateroom attendants. This particular night it was a bat. It was quite interesting and one we hadn't seen before.

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  • Grand Turk Hotels

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Grand Turk Warnings and Dangers

  • Ship tours

    We normally don't do ship tours for a variety of reasons, usually they are more expensive and the group is much larger. But I really wanted to go to Gibb's Cay to see the stingrays since we had such a good time doing it on Grand Cayman and I couldn't find an operator besides the ship that did it while the cruise ship was in port. We signed up for...

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  • Sharp Coral

    There are amany beautiful coral reefs in the Turks & Caicos Islands. There are also large coral formations on the ocean floor. My sugestion is to wear water shoes to avoid any nasty cuts on your feet. Our last trip to Grand Turk my wife stepped on a round piece of loose coral and cut up the side of her foot; nothing major but water shoes would have...

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  • Picky burrs under deceptively inviting...

    Be careful if you venture off the beach area into the trees just up the hill. We were attacked by hundreds of the burrs that fall off the trees and never got them out of our towels or shoes. Also, if you get them in your fingers, it hurts and it's hard to get them out. Otherwise a very beautiful beach!!

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Grand Turk Tourist Traps

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    Shopping

    by cjg1 Written Dec 10, 2008

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    Face it, you are a captive audience when on an island. Some prices may be inflated so be careful when shopping. We found that most stores on the island had inflated prices from other islands we had visited. The duty free shopping in the visitors center and Little Switzerland had good pricing.

    Unique Suggestions: Know what things cost and don't get suckered into paying more than an item is worth. Liz saw the same dress in Grand Turk for $25 more than what she paid for it in St. Thomas.

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Grand Turk What to Pack

  • Bring a Hat

    The sun is strong and the potential for sunburn is great. We always bring hats when we travel to warm and sunny climates. It keeps the beating sun off your head and protect from getting burned. A good sun hat is a great investment.

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  • Pack Light

    Just a carryon Flip flops for the beach or water shoes;I brought both. Bathingsuits and light clothing. Sunglasses are a must! Sun block!!!! Digital cameraVideo camera Bathingsuits are a must for the pool and the beach.

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  • Pack Light

    I suggest you pack a swimsuit and change of clothes into a carry on. My luggage was lost by the airline and I didn't receive it. I had to tour the island to get a pair of cheap flip flops to get by. I had worn layers on the airplane, brought a bathing suit, an extra pair of underware and a light skirt in my carry-on but forgot shoes. I had nothing...

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Grand Turk Sports & Outdoors

  • Beach and Water

    Grand Turk has some excellent beaches on it's western coast. Most notable is Governor's Beach, located a short distance from the Grand Turk Cruise Center. Within Columbus Landfall National Park, it has wonderful snorkeling opportunities and great picnic spots underneath shady pines. It's also located near the Grand Turk Cruise Center, which makes...

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  • Snorkeling/Scuba/ Water Sports

    There are plenty of water activities to choose from on Grand Turk: scuba, snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking or just touring the island by boat. The water here is beautiful so get out there on or in the water. The Welcome center can arrange any activity you wish.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Grand Turk General

  • Cruise stop

    Carnival Corporation created a cruise terminal for ships under it's umbrella, Carnival, Princess and Holland America. Two ships can dock at the terminal and from there you can walk to the beach, Margaritaville and a couple of other restaurants along the beach. Like most cruise ports that Carnival has built, there is shopping without having to step...

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  • Cast Iron LIghthouse

    One of my favorite things to do is to research lighthouses, and this lighthouse is one of the outstanding things about Grand Turk. You can see it as you come in by ship. The lighthouse was built in London in 1852 and shipped to Grand Turk where it was assembled. Since the lighthouse is cast iron, it has to be kept painted or it will rust. You can...

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  • Lookout Point

    Bob went out to the point and took some photos including one of a sign which said that this was Horatio Nelson Lookout Point. It was named in honor of British Admiral Horatio Nelson who fought for the liberation of Grand Turk from France. (He didn't succeed) Grand Turk has also been put forward as possibly the island where Columbus first landfall...

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