Turks & Caicos Real Estate Blog
Visit Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos
2011-03-14 16:36:59 by
The administrative and political capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands is Grand Turk, in Cockburn Town. This has been the seat of government since 1766. Founded by Bermudan salt rakers 3 centuries ago, the Bermudan British colonial architecture and government are still much in evidence. Donkeys, horses, and cattle were used during the days of the salt industry, and they can still be seen wandering the island.

Grand Turk is 6 miles long and just over a mile wide, with miles of quiet white sand beaches and cays. At the north point of the island, a channel to the sea gives access to North Creek, the only hurricane shelter for yachts traveling between Nassau and Puerto Rico.

Every summer there are parties and fun events. In July is the Grand Turk Heineken Game Fishing Tournament. A week of dancing and island music, sports, and food specialties is held every summer.

Grand Turk is also one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world. Its clear waters give access to a huge variety of marine like, from seahorse, to sting rays, turtles, dolphin, shark, and whales. Dive, scuba, snorkel, or sail through the warm waters and coral formations just a 5 minute boat ride offshore. There are government marine conservation parks, and dive operators have joined together to protect our reefs and islands from "degredation and exploitation."

Grand Turk is beautiful. We hope you will visit, and help us conserve our marine resources.

(photo from Concierge.com)