Exclusive Grand Turk Experience
Exclusive Grand Turk Experience
Grand Turk Island is the administrative, historic, cultural and financial center of the island nation of Turks and Caicos. San Salvador Island or Samana Cay in the Bahamas is traditionally considered the site of Columbus' first landfall in 1492, but some believe that studies of Columbus' journals show that his descriptions of Guanahani much more closely fit Grand Turk.
This guided island drive tour will show you the highlights of Grand Turk Island. On this Grand Turk excursion, you will visit the island's top attractions, including the former United States Air Force Tracking Base and a replica of Astronaut John Glenn's Friendship 7 space capsule, which splashed down off the island's coast in 1962 following the United States' first successful manned orbit of the earth.
You will also see several 18th-century churches, beautiful Bermudan-style buildings, and salt ponds. In this peaceful town you may also see wild horses and donkeys freely roaming the streets.
There will be a brief photo stop to see a working lighthouse that has been in service for more than 150 years. Built in London in 1852 and shipped to Grand Turk, it was assembled in hopes of saving the salt trade. Standing sixty feet, it was designed by Alexander Gordon, who designed lighthouses throughout the British Empire.
You will also have an opportunity to visit "The Salt House", a recreated 17th-century saltpan that chronicles the history of the salt and slave industry.
Reviewer: Jean Kimak
This was a great way to see all of the island in a relaxed manner. The guide pointed out many of the historic homes, a stop to have a local beer and conch fritters. Up to the lighthouse with commentary about life on this island. We were able to see some of the hurricane devastation to the local homes and the effect the hurricane had on this beautiful island.
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and went the extra mile to show us around after he had his flat tire fixed. We spent a little more time than we would have liked shopping while the tire was being fixed but it was better than waiting at the tire place. Saw the lighthouse and some donkeys. Rode around the nicer homes neighborhood and saw some flamingos from afar. We had just one other couple with us so we had plenty of room in the van. It was worth the money we paid and I would recommend it.
Reviewer: Diana Ritter
We had a great experience, apart from having to find the tour guide. That was a bit of a chaotic mess, but there was a lady there helping us and all the other people looking for taxis. Our tour guide was amazing and came from the area, so she knew exactly what she was talking about. We got to see a little part of the town, shop, and she answered all our questions. I do recommend this if you want to see Grand Turks and some back areas. But if you like water, then pick one of those excursions instead because we did not get to see much of the water.
Brief tour of a very small island where we saw the devastation from the hurricane 3 months ago. The small town was a place to buy trinkets from China and India as well as VERY expensive sea salt from the island. The lighthouse area was gated in and set up for admission; you even had to pay to go into the gift shop!
Reviewer: Jaque Peterson
This was a good excursion; we enjoyed learning a little bit about the culture of the island.