Destination guide

Bahamian bliss in Cockburn Town

Fringed by sandy cays and coral reefs, Cockburn Town is a gateway to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The port town sits on Grand Turk Island and is brimming with Bahamian charm. Think handsome colonial architecture, breezy waterfront restaurants and plenty of swaying palms. Thanks to its laid-back vibes and dreamy setting, Cockburn Town is firmly on the radar of travelers in search of barefoot luxury. The diving is also world-class, which makes Cockburn Town vacation rentals eternally popular with ocean lovers.

Things to do

Discover Cockburn Town's colonial past

If you can drag yourself off the beach, Cockburn Town is home to a handful of pocket-sized museums. From shipwreck artifacts, to messages in bottles, the Turks & Caicos National Museum is full of island treasures. Continue your historical journey at Salt House, a small museum that explores the archipelago's thriving salt industry. The colonial-era Her Majesty's Prison is another historic gem, enclosed behind a whitewashed wall. Tours offer a glimpse at the cells, exercise yard and bell tower. You'll also find exhibitions on the prison's infamous inmates.


Swim with eagle rays in Cockburn Town

Most of the action is centered along Front Street, a lively oceanfront promenade lined with swaying coconut palms. A handful of grand colonial buildings add to the atmosphere, including the General Post Office. Just steps from Front Street is a gorgeous beach, with crystal-clear water that's ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Certified scuba divers will jump at the chance to explore an underwater wonderland of shipwrecks, coral gardens and tropical fish. Grace Bay is known for its reef sharks and sea turtles, West Caicos is brimming with sponges and corals, while French Cay is known for its graceful eagle rays.


Spring sunshine in Cockburn Town

Like the rest of the Caribbean, the Turks & Caicos receive an influx of sunseekers over the winter. Cockburn Town vacation rentals make it easy to soak up the sun, with beachfront cottages just steps from the sand. If you're looking for a sweet spot, consider visiting Cockburn Town in spring. Highs hover in the 70s, crowds taper off and there's every chance of sunshine. June to November bring hurricane season to the Caribbean. While the island can be beautiful, most travelers choose to avoid these months.

Natural features

Explore Cockburn Town's underwater world

Cockburn Town anchors Grand Turk Island, which sits at the southern end of the Bahamian Archipelago. As well as sandy beaches and swaying palms, the Turks and Caicos support a flourishing marine ecosystem. The 22-mile wide Columbus Passage is one of the world's top whale-watching destinations, with 1000s of humpbacks cruising through the channel on their annual winter migration. The diving is spectacular, with the chance to swim with hammerhead sharks, manta rays, turtles, moray eels and a host of other sea creatures.

How to get there

How to get to and around Cockburn Town

The nearest airport is in Grand Turk (GDT-JAGS McCartney Intl.), located 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Salt Cay (SLX), which is 10.6 mi (17 km) away.

Where to stay around Cockburn Town?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 31 vacation rentals near Cockburn Town. From 10 Houses to 7 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cockburn Town for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cockburn Town?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cockburn Town. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cruise Center Beach: 35 vacation rentals
  • Turks & Caicos National Museum: 33 vacation rentals
  • SunRay Beach: 33 vacation rentals
  • Grand Turk Lighthouse: 33 vacation rentals
  • Whale House Bay: 33 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cockburn Town listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cockburn Town?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 10 Houses in Cockburn Town. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cockburn Town include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 7 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 4 rentals available
  • Cottages: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cockburn Town?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 7 vacation rentals with pool available in Cockburn Town. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.