Grand Turk: A leisurely travel guide
from one visitor to another
Grand Turk is a no frills chill vacation spot. It’s perfect for those who want to relax on a sandy beach or in the ocean. All you need is a book, sunscreen, sunglasses, swimsuit and good company. Your hotel will provide beach towels and whomever you go snorkeling or diving with will bring the gear. Your can easily find meals at local restaurants and bars near your hotel. To make it all the more accessible, flights and accommodations are reasonably priced — especially if you are traveling from the US East Coast.
Here are some tips to make your vacation planning easier.
Trip duration: Plan to stay on the island for 6 nights. You’ll be able to read at least one book, go snorkeling or diving a few times and eat at all the good restaurants.
The Osprey Beach Hotel is right on the ocean with a pool, full restaurant and bar, access to dive shops and a local spa. It has all the essentials you need for being a beach bum. Its historic architecture is charming and matches the island vibe.
You’ll likely want to spend most of your daytime on the beach in front of the Osprey. But it’s worth checking out other spots. There’s more beach access down the road, across the street from Oasis Divers. You can rent a paddle board or join a tour group with Oasis to go out on the water.
Seeing beautiful fish, rays and turtles in the clear water is a must. Blue Water Divers offers snorkeling, diving and private tours on a daily basis. Their team is friendly, personable and loves what they do. You’ll have a good time with them.
You’re on vacation so live it up. Book a massage (or two) with Latoya at OceanScapes Spa. She and her team are talented in addressing problem areas on the body. It’s easiest to call her for booking. She’s pretty accommodating with other people’s schedules.
Eat and drink
Many of the restaurants serve a similar style of Caribbean food. To maximize your beach time, you can get take out during the day and eat on your blanket while lounging. At night, it’s fun going out to the fancier spots. All in all, the food isn’t much of a highlight but the rum punch is!
The Sandbar has a rum punch with a kick. They’re a beachfront bar with friendly staff, frequented by both locals and visitors. Best for lunch and evening drinks.
Be sure to eat at Grand Turk Inn. Their current chef is from Barbados and has a passion for cooking delicious food. He uses fresh ingredients and brings out their natural flavors. They are open Wednesday through Saturday.
Try Turks Head Inne for elevated Caribbean food. They plate their dishes with an artistic eye and put a spin on mainland dishes. They are open Wednesday through Saturday.
If you want a more upscale experience try Bohio. They have two oceanfront dining areas: a covered patio with white table clothes and a open patio by the bar. Their wine list is a decent size and they have a full bar. They are open most days and nights of the week.
Staying on Grand Turk allows you to get away from the day-to-day and enjoy oceanic nature. If you’re looking for a more traditional touristy island experience on Turks and Caicos, you may consider Providenciales.