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Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

Over the riverbeds and through the salt flats, across Grand Turk you’ll go. Steer an open-air, all-terrain vehicle across the island’s rugged topography for an awesome—if a bit bumpy—experience. Zip past dunes and bluffs...

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Duke St, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

Wahoo, barracuda, dorado—oh my! The crystalline waters of the Turks & Caicos teem with fish of astonishing variety. And reeling them in amid this spectacular setting is a delight for any angler. Outings to deeper seas will also net...

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The only lighthouse on the Turks and Caicos Islands was built in the 1850s to help ships navigate the treacherous reef off the north end of Grand Turk. It was one of the first prefabricated cast-iron lighthouses of its time and originally...
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Front St, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
If you want a more back-to-nature romantic sleep, head off the main island of Providenciales and onto the less resort oriented Grand Turk and stay at the historic Grand Turk Inn. A charming bed-and-breakfast in a 150-plus year old Caribbean...
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Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

Thanks to the archipelago’s translucent waters, some of the most spectacular snorkeling and diving on the planet are here. Pillory Beach, a protected cove fronting Cockburn Town, is of particular note, and Horseshoe Bay and the...

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Gibb's Cay, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

This pristine, uninhabited islet that's 1.6 kilometers (one mile) off Grand Turk's coast makes for a popular day trip. The shallow crystalline waters are perfect for snorkeling, and the biggest draw is the chance to swim with stingrays (who...

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For generations, salt was the island’s biggest industry. The Grand Turk Lighthouse was constructed in 1852 primarily to protect the salt business—too many ships were crashing on the shallow reef trying to retrieve the precious...

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Grand Turk’s oldest church was built in 1823. Set inland on the edge of Town Pond in the capital, the whitewashed building was constructed by the island’s Bermudan settlers. After a refurbishment that welcomed an organ...

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On this 11-kilometer-long (seven-mile-long) island ringed by spectacularly photogenic beaches, this is considered one of the most picturesque. The sand is particularly powdery; the water is especially translucent. Best of all, the...

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This marshy expanse is connected to the ocean by a small inlet. Its sheltered position makes it the perfect spot to paddle a kayak or board; you'll float past mangroves and marine grasses while looking for the rich birdlife here....

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Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

Housed in the intimate Bohio Dive Resort, this chic beachfront eatery is one of the island’s best. The cuisine blends traditional Caribbean with international influences and menus change based on the daily catch. There’s also...

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Beachside Bungalow Turks & Caicos, Front St, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

Breezy, friendly, and loaded with rum, this barefoot bar is the stuff of vacation daydreams. There’s a light-fare menu—order the jerk chicken (trust us). And patrons often come together for a game of beach volleyball. Umbrellas and...

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Church Folly Ln, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

Locals and those in the know line up for the fresh-baked goods of this family-run spot. In addition to offering amazing pastries, breads and rolls, the bakery serves as a great place to grab a quick on-the-go lunch of ham-and-cheese...

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Duke St, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

Locals, expats and visitors savor the flavor of the Caribbean over rum punch and burgers at this beachfront eatery. The menu is well-priced for these parts and boasts a nice mix of regional and American casual favorites—we’re...

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Market St, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

Island wear goes haute at this intimate boutique which specializes in all-cotton looks for women, men and kids. And while the palette is quintessential Caribbean—think bright, happy colors—plain white or black...

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Front St, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

The promenade of the capital, Cockburn Town, is lined with stalls and stands hawking traditional West Indian keepsakes. Look for products made of island salt, locally woven baskets and vintage postcards. Brick-and-mortar...

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Market St, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

Find everything you'll need for a day at the beach at the Grand Turk outpost of the famous surf-shop chain: bathing suits, towels, floats and cover-ups galore, in addition to logo-emblazoned insulated mugs, bumper stickers, T-shirts and...

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Front St, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

This high-end jewel box of a boutique in the storied bed-and-breakfast offers sophisticated takes on traditional Caribbean souvenirs. There are locally made bath salts and accessories fashioned from sea glass, as well as linens and pretty,...

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Osborne Rd, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

The hours may be inconsistent and the menu—if you can call it that—is limited, but the ribs here are hands-down the best on the island. The chef/owner slow cooks his specialty outdoors and the only options are either with or without...