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Published: February 24th 2020
Grand Turk Blog 31st January 2020
The islands come thick and fast
Grand Turk Island is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s dotted with the remains of salt ponds and windmills from the island’s sea salt industry, prevalent from the 17th to 20th century. The 19th-century Grand Turk Lighthouse is perched on a rocky bluff in the north.
Beaches with clear water ring the island, which is home to wild horses and donkeys.
In Cockburn Town, the island's central capital, coastal Duke and Front streets are lined with old, Bermudian-style buildings. The Turks and Caicos National Museum has exhibits on the island’s history. Close to Governor’s Beach, in the south, cruise ships arrive at the Grand Turk Cruise Center, home to restaurants, shops and a swimming pool. The island’s west coast is part of the Columbus Landfall National Marine Park, where Christopher Columbus is believed to have first landed in the New World. Off the coast, scuba diving sites include shipwrecks, reefs and a dramatic underwater wall.
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