Places to Visit in Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands, America

Places to Visit in Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands, America

Cockburn Town is the capital city of the Turks and Caicos Islands geographically positioned at 21.459° N 71.139° W. It is situated in Grand Turk Island in the Turks Islands archipelago and is home to Bermudian architecture line Duke and Front Streets dating back to 18th and 19th centuries. Cockburn Town also houses the Turks & Caicos National Museum located on Front Street providing useful information about the history of the islands.


History of Cockburn Town:

Cockburn Town was founded by salt collectors in 1681 and is the capital of Turks and Caicos Islands since 1766. The location of the town is noted for its position where Juan Ponce de León first footed on the island.


How to reach Cockburn Town?

Cockburn Town is served by JAGS McCartney International Airport situated 3.5 kms away from the town centre. JMIA has limited connections, only caters flights to Providenciales and South Caicos, operated by Air Turks and Caicos.

It is advised for international tourists to reach the Providenciales Airport first and then reach port by taking taxi from the airport and take the ferry to Cockburn Town or board flights at Providenciales Airport to Cockburn Town Airport.

Taxis and rental cars are generally available in Cockburn Town to get around.

Culture, Food and Shopping in Cockburn Town:

Turks & Caicos National Museum is the cultural icon of Cockburn Town and is a perfect place to learn about past and present culture and history of two islands including Cockburn Town. Also there are many water sport competitions and events organized on the beach in Cockburn Town every month.

Tourists can buy different traditional handicrafts and jewels in the shops of Cockburn Town. USD is the currency used.

The major food corners in and around Cockburn Town include:

  • Guanahani Restaurant & Bar
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
  • Bohio Dive Resort & Restaurant
  • Mookie Pookie Pizza Palace


Things to do in Cockburn Town:

  • I.R Tours and Water Sports
  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving


Places of interest in Cockburn Town:

Turks & Caicos National Museum:

Turks & Caicos National Museum is one of the major identities of Cockburn Town located inside Guinep House on Front Street. It describes the complete history of Turks & Caicos Islands including indigenous people, Spanish era and modern British rule and boasts a great collection of postage stamps and Molasses Reef Wreck (1505). There is a garden adjoining Guinep House.


Library Reef:

Library Reef is home to full of beautiful and interesting fishes and is frequented by scuba divers throughout the year.


Sun Ray Beach:

Sun Ray Beach is one of the best beaches in Turks and Caicos Islands. Calm and clear waters make this an ideal spot for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers.


Other places of interest in Cockburn Town:

  • Gibbs Cay
  • Pillory Beach
  • Black Forest
  • Tunnels
  • Conch World
  • Columbus Landfall National Park
  • MacDonald’s Arch
  • Sand River Canyon


Best time to visit Cockburn Town:

Throughout the year is best, especially the months between December and April are best to visit Cockburn Town.


Accommodation options in Cockburn Town:

Cockburn Town is a pleasant, calm and cool town housing many word class accommodation centres with top class facilities and services. Most of the resorts have water sport centers and also arrange different entertainment activities. List of the main hotels and resorts in and around Cockburn Town include:

  • Bohio Dive Resort
  • Osprey Beach Hotel
  • White Sands Beach Resort
  • Turks Head Mansion
  • Arches of Grand Turk
  • Manta House
  • Grand Turk Inn
  • Salt Raker Inn
  • Island House Hotel
  • Crabtree Apartments
  • Aqua House
  • Salina Houses
  • Screaming Reels Guest House

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