About Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands
Grand Turk is the largest of the Turks Islands. It is home to the JAGS McCartney International Airport, Cockburn town, and the territory’s capital. The island enjoys a cozy population of just over 3,690 people, which is actually the second most populous island in these parts. Often referred to as Grand Cay, it is frequently confused with Grand Cayman or the Grand Cay in the Bahamas; this is not the case. Grand Turk is located in the Caribbean, and falls under the administration of the United Kingdom.
Popular Destinations in Grand Turk
Looking for activities once your private jet arrives in Grand Turk? As an ideal island destination, Grand Turk offers a handful of travel attractions that include:
Grand Turk Lighthouse: The Grand Turk Lighthouse was constructed in 1852 after a number of catastrophic events. Ships were lost at sea to the island’s shallow reefs and many trading ports complained of irreparable conditions. The Lighthouse is is located at the highest peak of the island. Construction was painstakingly executed by transporting each piece of the lighthouse to the island from London. The small wild donkeys that encircle this 60-foot tall lighthouse continuously beg visitors for treats and offer up an adorable setting for pictures. Visitors who choose to extend their time here can follow a nearby path to a deserted beach and collection of cliff tops.
Turks & Caicos National Museum: The Turks & Caicos National Museum is perfect for visiting families. This 1850s building displays historic artifacts including crossbows and guns. A ceremonial chair dating back 1000 years ago, as well as other Colombian artifacts belonging to the indigenous Lucayan people are also featured at this museum.
Governor’s Beach: While the White Sands Beach attracts most of the cruise ship crowds, Governor’s Beach offers the perfect alternative. This calm stretch of beach is situated directly in front of Waterloo, the British Governor’s residence. Local musicians serenade beach goers with traditional island music. Casuarina trees tower nearby for shade. Although though this beach tends to be less busy than the White Sands Beach, visitors are advised to arrive before 11 AM to avoid the crowds that seldom appear.
Barbie’s: Cockburn’s “downtown” area happily supplies visitors with the ideal dinner spot. Those who choose to diner here can make free calls to Canada and the United States, enjoy an ice cold Grand Turk Beer, and kickback to hang with the locals as they await their food. Highly recommended dishes include the fried snapper with homemade hot sauce and the platter of conch fries.
Colors by the Sea: Only the freshest of ingredients, such as just squeezed lime juice, celery, bell peppers, tomatoes, and raw conch, are used in the Colors by the Sea’s dishes. A highly recommended lunch option is their refreshing conch salad. Colors by the Sea was previously named Konky Joe’s, so visitors may still the old name floating around.
Luxury Lodging in Grand Turk
Seeking luxury accommodations once your private jet has arrived in Grand Turk? Although Grand Turk has a limited hotel scene, there are a few great accommodation options available, including:
- Bohio Dive Resort
- Island House
- Osprey Beach Hotel
- Turks Head Inne
Airports In or Nearby Grand Turk For Private Jets
Several airports offer access to the Grand Turk Island including:
- JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT):This airport is located in Cockburn Town, 3 miles from Grand Turk. The airport sits at an altitude of 13 feet above sea level and has oneasphalt runway measuring 6,300 feet t in length, designated in the 11/29 direction. The airport is moderately busy, and is served by two carriers as a hub to Providenciales and Salt Cay. The low commercial air traffic makes it easy for private and chartered aircraft clients to use the airport.
- Salt Cay Airport (SLX):Located 10 miles from Grand Turk, this is the primary airport serving Salt Cay, and sits at an altitude of 3 feet above sea level. The airport has onepaved runway measuring 2697 feet, designated in the 08/26 direction. The airport is a hub to two local airlines providing domestic transport to Providenciales. Private and chartered flights are easy to schedule due to the low commercial air traffic.
- Providenciales Internationa Airport (PLS):Providenciales International Airport is located 70 miles from Grand Turk. It has one asphalt runway measuring 9,200 feet in length, designated in the 10/28 direction.The airport sits at an elevation of 15 feet above sea level and has a single terminal. The airport is a hub to several airlines providing service to many local and international destinations including Gatwick, London.
- South Caicos Airport (XSC): This airport is located 25 miles from Grand Turk and is located at an altitude of 6 feet above sea level. It has one asphalt runway measuring 5,900 feet in length. The main commercial airline using the airport is InterCaribbean Airways, with Providenciales as the main destination. The airport is also extensively used by private and chartered jets.
- Mayaguana Airport (MYG): This airport is located 125 miles from Grand Turk, sitting an altitude of 11 feet above sea level. It has a single asphalt runway measuring 7,200 feet above sea level, with the 06/24 direction. The airport is within the Bahamas.
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