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- Water taxis run from here to the popular beach at Grand Anse.
- Grenada is a big producer of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, bay leaf, turmeric, and nutmeg, so be sure to visit the local spice market.
- English is the official language of Grenada, making it easy to chat with vendors.
Great pelagic swimmers like groupers, tuna, barracuda, reef shark, hammerhead, manta rays, eagle rays, and more live here and visit this reef often. Other wildlife viewings include migratory North Atlantic humpback whale, stingray, and sea turtles.
One of the great things about visiting The Wall is that this abundant sea life is close to the surface, so divers aren’t the only ones that get to enjoy it – snorkelers and free divers play in the water as well. This is truly some of the best underwater exploring in the world, and many divers make trips out to this little stretch in the Caribbean for just this purpose – are you one of them?
How to Get to Cockburn Town
The port is on Grand Turk’s southwestern tip, and you’ll find plenty of tour and island information in the sparkling modern cruise center. Taxis line up to take you to downtown Cockburn Town, in the center of the island. You could also hire a go-anywhere jeep for the day, rent a bicycle or join an organized shore excursion.
One Day on Grand Turk
The big buzz on Grand Turk is the wonderful diving, so make the most of your shore visit by joining a snorkeling adventure cruise or diving operator excursion. The best diving is off the island’s western coast, where coral walls and stunning tropical fish are protected by marine national parks. There’s also wreck diving, scuba courses, one of the Caribbean’s largest swimming pools, resort relaxation and beach horse-back riding.
If you’d rather stay dry, take a wander around colonial-era Cockburn Town, with some lovely old churches and buildings, the National Museum’s shipwreck displays, and craft shops selling locally made souvenirs. In whale-watching season, February/March, head out to the island’s historic lighthouse to glimpse humpbacks swimming past. And no further away than the cruise center, space-lovers can spend time examining the NASA exhibit detailing the 1962 John Glenn splashdown and Mercury space program.
Cruise lines docking at the revamped and enlarged Grand Turk Cruise Port include Carnival, Holland America and Princess. The local currency is the US dollar, and you’ll find a couple of ATMs in downtown Cockburn Town. The language spoken on Grand Turk is English.
Time and tide have etched the limestone Green Grotto Caves, lined with the green algae that gives them their name. The caverns are home to bats and marine life, and over the centuries they’ve been a hideout for fugitives and runaway slaves.
Hidden away in an inner cavern is the crystal-clear Grotto Lake. Overhead, pockets in the limestone provide filtered light through the caverns’ forest of stalactites and stalagmites.
The Green Grotto Caves are on Jamaica’s north coast at Discovery Bay, west of Ocho Rios. They are 1.5 miles (3 kilometers) from Discovery Bay. To visit, you need to take an organized tour.
However populated, the Great Salt Pond is far from urbanized. The occasional blight of garbage and pollution that mar many St. Kitts destinations don’t touch this pristine spot. Families casting about for a truly beautiful shore-front free from the clatter of business and entertainment will likely find that this beach fits the bill to perfection.
- The Bacardi Factory is open daily with shorter Sunday hours.
- The tour is a must-do for history buffs and those seeking insight into Caribbean culture.
- Bring your photo ID if you plan to drink and are 18 years or older.
- You may be buzzed by the end of the visit—be sure to arrange safe transportation to your next destination.
- With long stretches of sand, beach bars, fine dining, and plenty of shopping, Great Bay Beach has something to appeal to most any traveler.
- Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, food and drinks, and Jet Ski rental. Check tours for specific details.
- Don’t forget to pack sun protection, swimwear, and water.
- Beach loungers and chairs are available for rent.
Audio guides provide information about the specimens displayed in each tank, which are kitted out to re-create Bermuda’s marine ecosystems.
On show are around 200 species of fish, plus a living coral reef (the first in the world) that’s a must-see if you’re planning on doing any diving while in Bermuda, preparing you for the wonders of the deep that await.
Along with parrot fish, puffers and groupers, there are loggerhead turtles, sharks and green turtles. Seal-feeding time is especially popular, along with interactive tours.
The natural history museum is ideal for families, with hands-on discovery activities and animal storytelling for younger kids. The museum’s exhibits provide a fascinating overview of Bermuda’s plants and animals, with fossils, taxidermied creatures, shells and geological specimens to browse.
- Hiking the summit of Gros Piton is only possible with an official tour guide and can take up to three hours each way.
- An average-to-good fitness level is recommended for the Gros Piton hike, but no technical hiking or climbing experience is required.
- Be sure to bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
- Entrance fees are payable at the Interpretive Center in Fond Gens Libre village.
- Baby Beach can get crowded; arrive early to find a good spot for your towel.
- There is no public restroom, so bring cash for bathroom access.
- This beach is popular among families with young kids and those who are new to snorkeling.
- Beach chairs, snorkel gear, and windscreens are available to rent.
- There is a restaurant and refreshment stand at the beach.