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1 Duke Street, Grand Turk BWI, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
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Day Trip: Provo to Grand Turk Cockburn Town  Turks and Caicos Islands
Summer All Year Cockburn Town  Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks & Caicos Cultural and Arts Commission Cockburn Town  Turks and Caicos Islands
Day Trip: Provo to Grand Turk Cockburn Town  Turks and Caicos Islands
Summer All Year Cockburn Town  Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks & Caicos Cultural and Arts Commission Cockburn Town  Turks and Caicos Islands

Day Trip: Provo to Grand Turk

Always wondering where the next puddle jumper might take us, my family and I decided to venture a few islands over from our home base on Providenciales and head for Grand Turk one sunny day last January. Cockburn Town, the island territory's capitol, is where most official Turks and Caicos business takes place. We had heard there were also some nice beaches on Grand Turk. As soon as our Air T&C flight landed, we spied a mammoth cruise ship docked nearby, regurgitating passengers onto the shore. Wondering if we had made a poor decision to visit the island, we quickly hopped into a taxi and sped away from the touristy scene. My pulse slowed down a bit as we put some distance between ourselves and the crowds, and my family received an abbreviated history of the island complements of our driver, Rita. Turns out, Grand Turk's main claim to fame is that John Glenn's Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft landed just off shore in 1962. There's even a statue at the airport commemorating the event. Our island tour took us down a straight, flat, 2-mile road and ended at a quaint little beach shack called The Sand Bar. It's owned by a couple of Australian sisters, and the atmosphere is lovely. We found time to laze the afternoon away on a pristine (and deserted) nearby beach, and marveled at the fact that the Premiere of Turks and Caicos had been on our flight that morning. All-in-all, we found our little corner of Grand Turk to be quiet, pleasant, and simple, just like island life should be.

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about 4 years ago

Summer All Year

I am not saying goodbye to Summer just yet and Grand Turk is just the place to help me. Grand Turk island is located amongst the Turks and Caicos islands, near the Bahamas; it has so much to offer anyone looking into visiting. My favorite part of the vacation was spent on a boat that took me out to some amazing dive spots; Grand Turk Diving company is awesome, you are in good hands with these diving professionals.
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over 3 years ago

Turks & Caicos Cultural and Arts Commission

Sun, sand, sea, and seafood—you don’t have to hunt high and low to experience many of the natural wonders on offer in the Turks and Caicos Islands… But that’s only half the story.

The other half of the equation are the people and culture that call the Islands home—and the best person to introduce you to them is David Bowen, the government’s Director of Culture.

His office, the Cultural & Arts Commission Office, is part workplace and part stage. Along the wall hang all sorts of artifacts. A large Turks & Caicos flag, little boats, conch shells, woven bags, straw hats, washing boards, tiny accordions, and more.

It’s only when David steps onto the stage that all the scattered items come alive. He brings the island’s history to life, from the era of salt production that lasted from the late 1600s into the 1960s, to rake & scrape music, to the Trouvadore ship wreck, and more.

Channeling the West Indies’ rich oral tradition, he weaves each and every item into a colorful tapestry that informs as it entertains. Conch shells become “shell phones” used to call his mother from the beach in some sepia-toned memory. Baskets become central to family life. Saws bend to the rhythm of ripsaw music accompanied by artful manipulation of the mundane triangle.

As someone who’s traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, even I was held captivated by David’s practiced, yet effortlessly authentic performance.

Taking a break from the beach for a history lesson was never this much fun.