ATV rides can be a really fun way to see Grand Turk. Tours start near the Grand Turk Cruise Center and typically last around 2 hours.
The excursion begins near the South Base area, a little north of the cruise center. You'll first pass the the Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT), where you'll see a replica of the Mercury space capsule (Grand Turk was the splashdown location for John Glenn's historic 1962 orbit of Earth).
Next up is Front Street. The tour continues along the hisorical oceanfront of Cockburn Town, passing many colonial-era buildings, the old post office, and the Turks and Caicos National Museum. You'll also drive by our beachfront House of Assembly (parliament/senate) building.
Finally, you'll drive to the Grand Turk Lighthouse, which was built in 1852. The route follows the twisty clifftop off-road path on the north coast, which takes you to an an exceptional overlook and the water collection field at the abandoned Grand Turk's U.S. Navy NAVFAC 104 Base.
No maps are needed as this is a fully guided tour.
You’ll have time to take photos, yet the schedule generally doesn’t allow for a swim.
The wetlands near North Creek offer a bit of tropical wilderness. Coastal and wading birds such as brown pelicans, ospreys, terns, reddish egrets, cattle egrets, yellow-crowned night herons, and great blue herons can be spotted.
You’ll also likely get a close-up encounter with the friendly and feral Turks and Caicos donkeys!
Reservations may be booked directly with a local business, or as a “shore excursion” through the cruise line. If you're arriving by cruise ship, we recommend booking early (several days in advance) to ensure a spot.
ATVs accommodate one driver and one passenger (extra fee for passengers). Age requirements may apply. About half the typical tour route travels on unsurfaced (dirt) roads, and it's advised to wear sunglasses or other protective eyewear.