Grand Turk is a beautiful beach destination that is a popular cruise stop with Carnival and its other ships...or it's popular as a separate vacation too! Grand Turk was our second cruise port stop with Carnival. Yep, I'm posting a little out of order here, but you can check out my blog posts on Half Moon Cay (1st stop) and Nassau (last stop) so far!
Grand Turk is the capital island of Turks & Caicos, but don't let that title fool it. It is pretty small being 7 miles long with a population of around 4.8k!
I didn't think there were a ton of things to do near the cruise port, so instead, we took a lot of Grand Turk pictures! Hence the name of this post. 😉 But I'll go into our highlights and I found some extra things researching to give you ideas on things to do!
Grand Turk Pictures + Things to Do
Some of the top things to do in Grand Turk involve visiting different beaches, partaking in water activities, and exploring the main town, Cockburn.
I did plan out our day ahead of time and I had all those things on our itinerary. Sadly, it was a little cold and windy so though we saw different beaches, neither of us were in the mood to lay out or get in the water. And sadly, the shops and museums in Cockburn that we wanted to explore were shut down and/or destroyed by the hurricane. But our experience may not be your experience so I'll put them down anyway!
1. Explore Cockburn
Cockburn Town is the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Though there wasn't a lot to see when we were there, it may be rebuilt by the time you visit! There were still a couple of brick & mortar restaurants & make-shift shops. The area is still pretty and it's nice to walk up and down. It won't take long though!
2. Jack's Shack
Fun atmosphere and delicious food! This beach restaurant comes highly recommended by travel sites. We got jerk chicken, conch fritters, and a tropical drink. Eating here was a highlight of the day!
3. Governor's Beach
This beach is really pretty and not as busy as the cruise port beach so it's definitely worth going to. It's very long too so you can get a nice spot to yourself...though we were the only ones on the beach! #score
4. Hang out at the cruise port
If you're tired, don't feel like laying out, or you ran out of things to do, you can always hang out at the cruise port. Carnival did spend $50 million on it after all! It paid off because it's really nice. I even remember seeing a Starbucks there. 😉 And don't forget about Grand Turk Margaritaville! We didn't go, but I've heard so much about it.
5. Pillory Beach
All the taxi drivers recommend Pillory Beach. Apparently, it's the place to go for snorkeling! We didn't snorkel but we did walk up and down. If you're an avid snorkeler just know that Grand Turk has a great spot for you!
That was all that we did, but I found these other top things to do in Grand Turk for you!
And now, of course, more pictures! 🙂
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