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Cockburn Town Beach

Grand Turk
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Found fronting the capital of the Turks and Caicos, Cockburn Town Beach offers many beautiful beaches interspersed between jetties and sea walls. Access is quite easy due to the beachfront Front Street that follows much of the coastline.
5-star rating for Cockburn Town Beach by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
Cockburn Town Beach at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos
The beautiful beach at Cockburn Town, Grand Turk.

Fronting Cockburn Town, the capital of the Turks and Caicos, Cockburn Town Beach offers beautiful white sand, clear water, and a British Colonial Architecture backdrop. This beach is part of the Columbus Landfall National Park.

Due to being situated not far from the barrier reef and deep water off the Turks Island underwater plateau, there can be a bit of surf when the ocean swell is high. However, the typical conditions are calm and delightful. Due to seawalls, jetties and docks, Cockburn Beach is broken into many small beaches.

Most of Grand Turk’s restaurants and inns and hotels are located on or quite close to this beach, so you won’t have to look far to find a bite to eat or a drink. Small gift shops, street vendors and the historical attractions of the National Museum and H.M. Prison are only a short walk away.


Sand, ocean and shells at Cockburn Town Beach.

Although the snorkeling from the beach on Grand Turk isn’t quite up to the level that’s found on many of the other islands in the country, Cockburn Town Beach does offer some interesting sights.

Weathered shelves and gullies, once vibrant reefs, line much of the shore. You’ll see some rocky formations breaking through the sandy bottom and colorful reef fish, along with the occasional yellow sea fan or piece of coral, but there won’t be any reefs or larger sea creatures.

On the Pillory Beach end of the coast to the north, reefs and underwater sights do improve a bit, yet are still lacking compared to the better beach snorkeling sites in the country.

Hotels and Villas


Cockburn Town Beach Accesses

Cockburn Town Beach on Grand Turk
Turquoise and calm ocean.

Access to Cockburn Town Beach is very simple. Simply look for a spot that suits you. The oceanfront Front Street and Queens Street allow for easy access and parking on the northern section of the beach.

On the southern end, Duke Street follows the ocean one narrow block back from the beach, but you’ll find accesses between many of the small villas and houses here.

The Sandbar Access 🡓 near the Sandbar Restaurant on Duke Street offers convenient parking on what may be the best beach and snorkeling spot in the area.

As is the case throughout the Turks and Caicos, all beaches are public and free.