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Cockburn Town Map
Description : Map depicts Cockburn Town city's major landmarks, roads, rail network, airports and important places of Cockburn Town. Disclaimer
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About City : 
Cockburn Town is the capital of the Turks and Caicos Island and has a population of only 3,700. It is on the Grand Turk Beach which is the largest island of the country and is the cultural as well as financial and administrative center of the country. English is the official language around here.

Explorer, Christopher Columbus landed here first in 1492 on his first voyage to discover the New World. The city was officially founded in 1681 when Bermudians set up salt industry on the island. It became the capital of the country in the year 1766 and the country is currently an autonomous overseas territory of the British.

Geography : 
Cockburn Town is situated at the center of the Grand Turk Island of the Turks and Caicos archipelago. It lies on the Atlantic Ocean and covers an area of about 15 sq km.

How to Reach (Transport) : 
The nation has only one international airport, the Providenciales International Airport which is served by American Airlines and operates several flights from many cities of U.S. Local flights from Providenciales to the nearby Grand Turk Airport are easily available.

Cockburn Town is also accessible by boat and cruise ships which dock at the terminal at Grand Turk Island. Inside the city, one can rent a car or even a golf cart to move around easily. Motor cars, jeeps, bicycles and taxis are also available.

When to Visit : 
Cockburn Town has a typical tropical marine climate with a pleasant weather throughout the year. It sports warm summers and cool winters which make these islands an ideal tourist destination all year round. The best time to visit is from December to April, when the temperatures are cool and windy and the city is bustling with tourists. However, if one wishes to avoid the crowd, the city also makes a good summer destination.

Fairs and Festivals : 
Cockburn Town celebrates the following festivals : 
  • Kite Flying Competition, held on Easter Monday, is held all over the island. Families take part in all kinds of kite flying as well as making competitions and it is a very popular festival among the locals.

  • Salt Cay Day, held in April, is a typical Caribbean festival but with a British twist to it. It takes place over a period of three days and includes various activities like kite flying, maypole dancing and bicycle races.

Points of Interest (Places to Visit) : 
The following are the must see destinations of this island town : 
  • Bohio Dive is the best location for scuba diving on this island. Grand Turk Island is famous for its scuba diving beaches and wrecks as well as rich flora and fauna.

  • The National Museum, housed in the Guinep House, has been constructed by timber collected from salvaged ships. Some of the world’s oldest shipwrecks are displayed here.

  • Hidden Bay, surrounded by coral reefs is accessible only by boat. Snorkeling around this area along the coast of the island is a breathtaking experience one should not miss.

  • Madison Point is the best place to kayak and scale the natural abundance of the island and its surroundings. This is the best escape for the nature enthusiast as the place is full of exotic marine life and birds as well.

  • Columbus National Marine Park is the ideal diving spot. The Blue Water Divers offer supreme diving services around the area.

Whale watching, the Grand Turk Cruise Center, Gibbs Cay and the Welcome Center are other must see points on the island.

Accommodation : 
The island features mostly waterfront inns and hotels for both the luxury loving tourist as well as the budget traveler. Solomon Porches Guest House, Seabreeze Guest House, Pelican House and Mary’s Dream are budget accommodation options. Bohio Dive Resort is one of the best diving resorts in the world and offers a brilliant waterfront view as well as luxury facilities. Island House and Grand Turk Inn are other popular luxury choices equipped with spacious suites, stunning views and the best services in the area. Other options include The Castaway and The Villas of Salt Cay.

Last Updated : February 22, 2014


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