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About Grand Turk

Grand Turk seduces with its soothing turquoise shores, elegant colonial buildings, wandering tranquil donkeys and quiet roads that pave the way for more bicycles than cars. A small island, just seven miles long and one-and-a-half miles wide, this Caribbean gem is part of the Turks & Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. Colonized in the 17th century by Bermudians, who were later joined by loyalists who had sided with the British during the American Revolution, the island prospered on the salt trade. Many evaporated salt ponds from the period remain and lure flocks of pink flamingoes. In Cockburn Town, graceful white 19th-century houses line the coast along Front Street, in the shade of tamarind and frangipani trees. The Turks and Caicos National Museum is the keeper of the archipelago’s rich history, boasting many island relics, including artifacts made by the native Lucayan people, a 16th-century anchor salvaged from a shipwreck and the book written in 1831 by an island slave woman that led to the abolition of slavery in all of Britain’s territories just two years after its publication.