White Sands Beach on Grand Turk island, population 3,000, is a stone’s throw from the seat of government for Turks & Caicos Islands, resplendent with
Caribbean Colonial architecture and gaily colored facades. At this beach visitors, many of them directly disembarking cruise ships, will find a useful information kiosk, public
washrooms and places to grab a bite to eat.
Nearby are golf courses, spas, hotels and excellent restaurants, plus the Turks & Caicos National Museum which contains parts from the oldest known shipwreck in the western hemisphere.
Beach activities include swimming and snorkeling, as well as wildlife observation; between January and April, humpback whales pass through, and there are always seahorses, rays, turtles
and dolphins to watch. Sharks, too, live in these waters, but are relatively docile; safety devices protect swimmers. White Sands Beach is right at the site of a reef reconstruction project,
so it is very close to the coral reefs and associated diving benefits.
A visit to Cockburn Town will delight, and make for an interesting walk on a day when White Sands beach is not on your agenda. Be sure, also, to visit the Grand Turk Lighthouse; it was
delivered to the island in pieces in 1852, shipped in from England, and then reassembled in situ. It sits at the northern tip of Grand Turk island, which is only 7 miles (11.2 kilometers)
long by 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide, so getting around is a breeze!
White Sands Beach on Grand Turk is a pleasant mixture of activity and relaxation, with ships coming and going, and people taking their first step from their floating hotels onto the gorgeous
Turks & Caicos Islands.