Blogs from Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, Central America Caribbean


We are sailing from Grand Turk. I understand why my niece and her family love it here. This is my third time it has been on the itinerary and the first when we have been able to dock. Still, without my cane I play it sale and stay on board. This is not a hardship for me. I am content to read and relax and eat and doze and watch my fellow cruisers. I am distressed to learn that my dinner companions returned home early. Evidently, Sandy fell ill after Bonaire and she and Fred flew home the next day. I’m hoping she will feel well soon. I miss their humor and smiles. Received an update that she is feeling much better and resting at home. The first night a dinner we were across the table ... read more

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 ... read more

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Huge, soft lips caress my outstretched hand as the scruffy pregnant donkey, snuffles up a piece of granola bar. Yep, there are hundreds of these gentle creatures wandering around Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos. We are on a tram tour of the island and have a chance to pet and feed a group of 8 who have wandered over to check us out, as we explore this very flat 7 mile by 1 ½ mile island. The donkeys will eat whatever we have with us including drinking water from our bottles. I've convinced Cope to give up his Granola Bars for the donkeys ;-) There are people on the tram that can't wait to feed and pet them (me) and then others that are saying, "Don't touch those creatures, ... read more
Sweet Donkeys
Got food?
Fun with locals

Carnival Sunshine slipped into Grand Turk early in the morning, the last of our ports of call for this cruise. At Grand Turk, we had booked Carnival's "Historical Homes, Town & Museum Tour" shore excursion. The tour promised to include Cockburn Town and the Grand Turk Lighthouse. The guide met us and other travelers in the cruise terminal area and soon we were on the minibus. The same shore excursion is probably run for all the cruise lines calling at Grand Turk, as our guide said he would be repeating it in the afternoon for the arriving Crown Princess. The guide/driver was very good at pointing out everything to see and filling us in on Turks & Caicos culture. The cruise terminal is built on the site of a former US Air Force base (also the ... read more
Carnival Sunshine at Grand Turk
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Friendship 7 Monument

19thDec Grand Turk What a difference a day makes. LOVE Grand Turk. It’s a beautiful little island and straight away, you get a good feeling about the place. It really is small, we (J&J and us) took a tour up to the top of the island to the light house and it’s only a 15min drive (at the most). Donkeys and Horses reign supreme and are everywhere roaming free on the island. They used to be used for transporting the salt that was imported from here, but since that stopped, they were set free and allowed to reproduce and live on their own accord. After a visit to the light house we had some time to browse in ‘down town’. The shopping area. Beautiful and simple little stalls. WE had ‘conch’ for lunch and then went ... read more
Dock at Grand Turk
Walking ashore
pure water

Turks and Caios right off of Florida in short nautical miles down south. It's very beautiful. I will try to describe what I did but I'm a picture person when i look at Travel Guides. So if you want to see what I have, have fun! I went on a cruise to the Bahamas and I enjoyed it so much! This trip happened in 2009. I was very close to do Jet skii but oh well. At least I saw a lot of historic forts which were interesting. img= read more

Tuesday 23rd December, 2014. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, West Indies Grand Turk (population 5600) is one of the Turks and Caicos archiipelago. These are a group of some 40 or so cays (low-lying sand or coral islands) 30 miles south of the Bahamas and about 100 miles north east of the island of the Dominican Republic. Only 8 of the islands in the archipelago are inhabited. The capital of Grand Turk irs Cockburn but we didn't go anywhere near it. We were fenced in to the Cruise Centre and the only way out was by taxi. At $20 US each to go 2 miles we gave it a miss. You were not allowed to walk! Grand Turk is only 6.5 miles from north to south and less than 2 miles wide.The islands are not ... read more
12. M with Whale Sculpture, Govenor's Beach
21. D on Govenor's Beach
25.  M with Replica of Friendship 7 Space Capsule

15/5/13 Grand Turk We were up early as we were excited to get off the ship and explore. Grand Turk is a tiny island, a British Colony and former pirate hangout. From the balcony we could just see the tip of the island and it is very flat, with white beaches, green palm trees and sea every shade of blue and green imaginable. After disembarking we walked along the pier to the ‘welcome’ building which is basically a duty free shop, then out into a plaza surrounded by jewellery and souvenir shops. We visited the memorial to the astronaut John Glenn whose Friendship 7 space capsule landed in the sea just off the island. There was a replica of the capsule, a pretend astronaut and a small rocket with some information boards. We had a quick ... read more
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I have to say Turks and Caicos is one of the best Caribbean places I have ever been. I have visited this island twice now and both times the weather was absolutely perfect the whole time. I flew down with Westjet, and it is about a four hour flight. I actually really like Westjet, they have great service, snacks, they are really nice to fly. The one complaint I would have is the entertainment. While they do have seat back televisions, they have satellite TV so not always available the whole time, and my TV didn't work on the way there and my husband's didn't work on the return. Turks is a completely stunning island, white sand, crystal clear water, gorgeous! I stayed at the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort, and have stayed in both the ... read more

Once upon a time, a girl with chronic wanderlust and a boy who hates the snow decided to go on a little adventure (er, another adventure). With a dirty look or two for the snow that started to fall as they headed to the airport, the adventure begins... Cheapest flights out of our province were out of Moncton this time (this was a proper holiday for relaxing, so we didn't want to drive to and from the US before/after flying), so off we went on a 2 hour drive to the airport. It started to snow about the last 30 minutes of the drive, but I think somehow that just makes leaving the snow more rewarding. Checked in in Moncton and waited for a bit at the gate before getting called up to see the agent ... read more
ceviche type dish on our food tour
food at Bolivar

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