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Cruising Article –01/31/2011

Something for everyone on a Grand Turk vacation

Caribbean Cruise Destinations

Travelers want different things out of their cruise vacations, with some searching for fun and adventure while others simply want a quiet section of beach to relax on. Fortunately, travelers on Caribbean Cruises that stop in Turks and Caicos will have both of these options - and more - when they head ashore at Grand Turk.

Grand Turk is the official capital of Turks and Caicos, although travelers won't likely recognize that immediately, given its low-key atmosphere. Those who want to see the administrative center of the city should head to Cockburn Town, a picturesque collection of buildings sporting architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. This area has a lot of history as well as plenty of places to relax or grab a bite to eat.

Yet most travelers will be heading to Turks and Caicos with one thing on their mind - "where's the beach?" Fortunately, Grand Turk offers travelers no shortage of options to choose from. Frommer's named the famous Governor's Beach as the best place for swimming, and those with a historical interest will find this a nice choice as well, as it's located right by the governor's official residence, Waterloo.

Those who wish to snorkel or scuba dive, however, might benefit from taking the mile-long journey out to Gibb's Cay. This beautiful and secluded white sand beach features plenty of snorkeling opportunities for those who enjoy marine life.