Grand Turk is the capital of Turks and Caicos and the financial center of the islands. It has the second largest population of around 3,720 people.
Grand Turk is one of the main historical points of Turks and Caicos. You will find many old buildings and ruins along with The Turks and Caicos National Museum.
Grand Turk’s main attraction is diving, with many dive operators and schools it can cater for novice snorkels to experienced divers. The major income for the island is dive orientated tourism.
Combine the adventure of scuba diving and the thrill of whale watching during the winter months. Oasis Divers offers divers the rare opportunity to see and possibly snorkel with the amazing North Atlantic Humpback whales as they migrate south through the Grand Turk Passage to the Silver Banks and return again. Your guide with the whales, Captain Everette Freites, has years of experience tracking the whales and studying their behavior as they migrate. Inquire about whale watching packages available January through March
There is an outstanding protected coral reef which has clear and calm waters.
Cockburn Town is the administrative capital and the historic and cultural center of the islands. It is strongly reputed to be the landfall island of Columbus during his discovery of the New World in 1442.
The town itself is well suited for a walking tour. Duke and Font Streets are lined with historic 18th and 19th century landmarks that reflect the Bermudan style architecture of the salt era. Two of these buildings are now popular inns, another in the governor’s residence, other government offices, the public library, churches and private residence and fraternities.
At the Turks an Caicos National Museum you will find a central exhibit that tells the story of the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest European shipwreck discovered in the Western Hemisphere (dated around 1505). It also discloses the rich cultural and natural diversity of the islands.
Other historic sites include the Lighthouse, Fire hill and the Hawks Nest Anchorage.