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About Grand Turk, top Caribbean scuba diving and snorkeling

The Grandest of Them All: Grand Turk, the Capital Island of the Turks and Caicos

Discover the History of Grand Turk Island

Grand Turk Island is located in the beautiful Caribbean paradise of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. Turks and Caicos are composed of 41 islands and cays, of which eight are inhabited. Located just 575 miles off Miami, Grand Turk Island is home to Cockburn Town, the historical and cultural center point of this Caribbean island.

Originally inhabited by Taino and Lucayan natives, it is here that Christopher Columbus discovered the New World when he landed on Grand Turk in 1492 during his initial voyage. Nearly 500 years later astronaut John Glenn landed just off the coast of Grand Turk in his voyage to become the first American to orbit the Earth.

Starting with Bermudian salt-rakers in the 1700s and then English settlers, the island has a wonderful mixture of Bermudian-British architecture and turn-of-the-century Caribbean charm.  The quiet streets are lined with buildings from the past and as the ocean breaks along the shoreline, visitors often feel transported to a time long ago.

Just 7 miles long and barely over a mile wide, Grand Turk is known for its near-perfect climate year-round. From June through October, temperatures average from 85°-90° and 80°-85° November through May. With miles of white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters, Grand Turk Island and the Turks and Caicos Islands are consistently rated as one of the top Caribbean scuba diving and snorkeling destinations.