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Having visited Grand Turk several times now, I can confidently say that there’s not a whole heck of a lot happening on this island. The area immediately surrounding the cruise ship is beautiful, and if you want to lounge the afternoon away at a picturesque white-sand beach, this is the place to do it. But once you walk about 5 minutes away from the cruise ship, there’s nothing.  Here’s a view from the far side of the island looking back toward my ship (visible in the top left corner).

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One afternoon a friend and I explored the island beyond the cruise terminal. During our 2-hour walk we found such exciting sites as the Engineering and Maintenance Services Building, the Governor’s administrative office and house, the Grand Turk Airport, several abandoned structures missing notable components like roofs and walls (thanks to the hurricane they had last year), and a random cow crossing the street.

Me at the entrance to the oh-so-exciting governor's house.

Me at the entrance to the oh-so-exciting governor's house.

On a more recent stop in Grand Turk I went on a new tour that the cruise ship just started offering – a visit to Conch World. During the 20-minute drive across the island, the bus driver pointed out the following Grand Turk highlights:

  • a gas station
  • a grocery store
  • the Red Cross (where they sometimes play bingo in the evenings!)
  • a church
  • an open field, where the above-mentioned cows go to spend the night.

Of all the tours I’ve gone on, Conch World was by far the tamest. It was interesting to learn about the life cycle of conchs though. The coolest thing was seeing some live conchs (and not just the shell, which we’ve all seen, but the actual animal that lives inside it). It’s like a gigantic snail. It was fascinating but also a bit disgusting, as you can see for yourself:

ewww

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