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At the Atlantic's far western edge, Grand Turk is the first place Christopher Columbus landed on his 1492 journey to the New World. This friendly island is known today for its relaxed charm, its superb diving and its spectacularly beautiful beaches. On the streets of Grand Turk's towns, people say hello and donkeys wander between pastel-hued Caribbean and colonial buildings. Discover your own new world of relaxation in this lovely historic spot.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
The serenity! Whether you're soaking in the tranquility of one of Grand Turk's sparkling white beaches, wandering its quiet charming streets, or soaring underwater to explore pristine coral reefs, this remote island has a distinctive atmosphere guaranteed to soothe.
Grand Turk is consistently rated one of the top ten dive spots in the world. The warm waters are filled with marine life ranging from a tiny seahorse to manta, eagle and sting rays, green and hawksbill turtles, dolphins and the magnificent humpback whale. A 7,000-foot deep vertical diving wall is just a five-minute boat ride offshore. Snorkelers will also be captivated by the discoveries to be made in these turquoise waters.
Most shopping can be found on the Caicos island of Providenciales. In addition to designer clothing and accessories, you'll find an enticing array of local artwork such as prints, paintings, sculptures and metalwork. Traditional crafts, like woven straw and grass baskets and conch shell art, are also available.
Make sure you try the local favorite, conch (pronounced "konk"), taken from the conch shell. You'll find raw conch in salads, or cooked conch in the form of fritters, chowders, gumbos and burgers. There's also no shortage of fresh seafood from the sparkling waters surrounding the island. And true to an island that was a crossroads between Europe and America, you'll find many restaurants serving excellent European and American food.
The official currency in Grand Turk is US dollars. Travelers checks and credit cards are widely accepted and banks offer ATMs.
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