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Front Street, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk.

Day Trip to Grand Turk

The historic Lighthouse, Grand Turk.

It's easy to see Grand Turk on a day trip from Providenciales. There are several flights each day from Providenciales, which leave early and return late in the day. It's only possible to reach Grand Turk via domestic flight as there are no ferries from Providenciales.

Getting to Grand Turk

Flights cost around $150 per person round trip (2015), although you will be obtain a discount for large groups. Daily flights depart Providenciales early in the morning, and return from Grand Turk late in the afternoon.

There are two local airlines, interCaribbean and Caicos Express Airways, and both have similar schedules and fares. You can book online, via telephone, or at their offices on Providenciales. There's typically availability for most flights (ignoring special occasions), although it's recommended to book a few days in advance.

The only other way to get to Grand Turk is via ferry from Salt Cay.

Getting around Grand Turk

Villas on Duke Street, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk.

We recommend you rent a car. This is the safest and most convenient way to see everything. Costs are around $75 per day (May 2013) for an economy class sedan (insurances and taxes included, fuel is not). Fuel is expensive at around $6/gallon (2015), but due to the island's small size you shouldn't spend more than around $20 on fuel for the day.

The Grand Turk Cruise Center offers island tours by bus and open truck, but these are geared towards cruise ship visitors and only operate when a ship is in. Most taxis also offer tours if you don't wish to drive.

Planning your Day

The National Museum on Front Street, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk.

Grand Turk has beaches, sights and attractions, and sports and activities. If you're planning on diving, fishing or another activity, you'll have to plan your day around that.

One of the best attractions near Grand Turk is Gibbs Cay. This remarkable small island is home to many wild stingrays who freely interact with humans. Depending on your tour provider, your tour may include diving for conch, a lunch on the beach, and also snorklelling. Duration is typically around 4 hours.

The Grand Turk Lighthouse is the island's most famous landmark. Built in 1852, this is the only lighthouse in the country and was prefabricated in England. There's free admission to the grounds, although you can't go inside. It's located on the scenic northern end of the island.

Front Street in Cockburn Town has many colonial era buildings. Unfortunately, this area isn't maintained very well and the government has started to allow Las Vegas style junk to be built, which detracts from the historical feel of the area.

The beautiful St Mary's Anglican Church is here, along with the Turks and Caicos National Museum, the only museum in the country. The National Museum has an exhibit on the Molasses Reef wreck, the oldest European shipwreck in the western hemisphere.

Cockburn Town, Grand Turk.

In the centre of the island are remains of the salt days, namely the natural shallow salt salinas. You'll see remains of the canals, retaining walls, and causeways.

Dining

If a cruise ship isn't in ( check the port schedule), it can be a bit difficult to find an open restaurant. The Sandbar Restaurant on Duke's Street is open seven days a week and serves international and American style dishes such as hamburgers.