Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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Cruising to Grand Turk

As the site where Christopher Columbus first hit land after sailing west from Europe in search of a passage to the Orient, the island of Grand Turk marks the beginning of the American story, making it one of the most historically fascinating places on the planet. The fact that it's also breathtakingly beautiful, boasting a host of paradisiacal beaches, only adds to its appeal.

Situated in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Grand Turk is home to the nation's capital city, Cockburn Town. It's here that visitors will find the most intriguing historic sites, including the cannons that make the spot where Columbus landed in 1492. Other places worth heading to if you want to learn more about the island's heritage include the Turks and Caicos National Museum - which does exactly what it says on the tin.

This being the Caribbean, it goes without saying that there's no shortage of postcard-worthy beaches in Grand Turk, and Gibbs Bay and Governor's Beach are two of the best. With white sand, swaying palms and turquoise waters, it's not exactly difficult to relax when you're here, and if you'd rather get active then you'll find a vibrant and colourful world just waiting to be discovered beneath the waves.

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