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Grand Turk and Cockburn Town

Grand Turk

Grand Turk is where the government of the tiny island group has its headquarters. It’s also the location of the capitol city, Cockburn Town. Cockburn, by the way, is pronounced “Coburn.” This town of 3,500 is a happening place. Grand Turk is not top of the list as far as tourism is concerned, but it is a little less expensive than its more popular neighbor, Providenciales. The island itself has little going for it. It does have some fine beaches and the snorkeling is good, but it lacks aesthetic appeal. There is no lush tropical vegetation here, few colorful plants and flowers, and the prevailing breezes that blow constantly across the landscape give the island a somewhat windswept look. Still, there are bargains to be found on Grand Turk, so you might want to consider the island when making your plans.

Cockburn Town

The biggest little town south of Nassau, Cockburn Town is the capital of Turks and Caicos, though it’s difficult to believe, when you stand on one of its two dusty main streets. It’s an old world town with white painted colonial style buildings reminiscent of those you find on the island of Bermuda. One gets a feeling that Humphrey Bogart will, any minute, walk around the next corner with Lauren Bacall on his arm. This intriguing place is well worth a visit if you have time.

Last updated December 24, 2010
Posted in   Bahamas  |  Turks & Caicos Islands
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