The island of Grand Turk is part of the 20 islands that make up what is known as Turks and Caicos. Located in the Caribbean about 575 miles south of Miami, this tiny jewel island has become a popular cruise ship and vacation goers destination. Ships dock at the Grand Turk Cruise Port that has many shops but the real beauty lies waiting just outside the gates. Get out and enjoy this peaceful, pretty island while on our Grand Turk Island Highlights Sightseeing Excursion or if you wish to have a fuller experience, check out our Grand Turk Super Combo: Island Sightseeing, 2 Reef Snorkel and Stingray Encounter Excursion!
The island was colonized in 1681 by Bermuda and evidence can still be found in the iconic pastel-painted houses and buildings. Sightseers will enjoy the 18th and 19th-century historical buildings as well as the Grand Turk Lighthouse. Warm weather and tropical breezes make getting out and around the island pleasant.
Although Grand Turk Island is just 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide it is famed for its incredible white sandy beaches which can be appreciated on our Grand Turk Island Trails and Beach ATV Excursion and on our Grand Turk Beach Horseback Ride and Swim Excursion. And being that the island sits on top of one of the largest coral reefs in the world, snorkeling and other water sports are abundant. There is much to see in the shallow waters including the friendly rays at Gibbs Cay; check out our Grand Turk Marine Park Reef Snorkel Excursion and our Grand Turk Highlights Sightseeing and Stingray Snorkel Excursion. Snorkelers, divers and those out on the water may see some of the 18th-century cannons and anchors that attract marine life. Check out our list of Grand Turk Excursions and Grand Turk Shore Excursions for the best things to do in Turks and Caicos on your Grand Turk Cruise!
Numerous ATMs may be found at the Grand Turk Cruise Port area and the US dollar is the official currency and is taken everywhere. Shopping, eating and getting around are made easier as English is the official language - the island under the British Crown. Most of our Grand Turk Shore Excursions depart directly from the cruise port.
Fun Fact: Astronaut John Glenn splashed down just off the coast in 1962 aboard Friendship Mercury 7.