Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Is­lands

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - Features -

Grand Turk is one of the is­lands in the Turks & Caicos ar­chi­pel­ago of the At­lantic, lo­cated about 30 miles south of the Ba­hamas. In 2006, Car­ni­val Cor­po­ra­tion opened the $60 mil­lion, 13-acre Grand Turk Cruise Cen­ter on the seven-mile-long is­land.

From their docked cruise ships, guests walk on the pier about 100 yards to the Cruise Cen­ter, which fea­tures re­tail shops, bars, and restau­rants. There’s also a large swim­ming pool and FlowRider surf­ing sim­u­la­tor.

Many cruise guests browse in the shops, but the main at­trac­tions are the two sandy beaches on ei­ther side of the pier that of­fer pop­u­lar water ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing kayak­ing, snor­kel­ing, and swim­ming. The area is quiet, so many vis­i­tors en­joy an is­land tour to see the town, light­house, salt ponds, and replica of John Glenn’s 1962 space cap­sule, Friend­ship 7, which landed in the At­lantic not far from Grand Turk.

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