Coast of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean

Hot air balloons rise over Grand Turk. (ThinkStock)

What to do in Grand Turk

The Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of eight islands and forty limestone and coral cays, are relatively unknown: They are south of the Bahamas, yet not part of the Bahamas; they are north of the Caribbean, yet not part of the Caribbean. Indeed, they are a British Crown Colony whose 15,000 inhabitants—or belongers, as locals like to call themselves—slip past the pages of most guidebooks. This is especially true of Grand Turk, a charming, sleepy six-mile-long island, where you can stroll through the capital of Cockburn Town in minutes. Underwater, Grand Turk boasts world-famous scuba diving at the Wall, where the reef plummets a mind-boggling 7,000 feet. On the rim of this great blue abyss, it’s not uncommon to see humpback whales, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, and herds of spotted eagle rays, which have wingspans upward of eight feet.

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