The Turks and Caicos are located southeast of the Bahamas. Splattered throughout the Caribbean like a Jackson Pollock painting, the islands cover 193 square miles of the Atlantic ocean, surrounded by a ribbon of white sandy beaches bordering crystal clear water. Grand Turk is the capital of Turks and Caicos, the financial center of the islands, and is one of the main historical points of Turks and Caicos. The most popular activity is exploring one of the longest coral reefs in the world, and there are many dive operators and schools for novice snorkelers to experienced divers.
Carnival Cruise Lines has leased 37 acres on the southern end of the island to build a pier, a terminal, transportation center and shops. The original plan to build in the center of the island was scrapped due to environmental concerns and the desire to invade as little as possible. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is by far the biggest structure at the cruise center, and at 17,000 square feet, is the largest stand-alone Margaritaville Cafe in the Caribbean. In addition to the retail shop and restaurant, a 3-foot deep, 500,000 gallon swimming pool winds it way throughout offering a swim up bar, slide, and infinity edge view.
The entire area is professionally landscaped to give the feel of a private island for cruise ship visitors, and is less than 100 yards from the crystal clear Caribbean. A few hundred yards offshore the shallow water suddenly drops to 7000 feet offering a spectacular view of the continental shelf wall for divers.
Terrestrial travelers may want to explore quaint, laid back Cockburn Town. The administrative capital and the historic and cultural center of the island that is reputed to have been one of the first that Columbus set foot on in his first tour of the Caribbean over 500 years ago. The streets are lined with 18th and 19th century landmarks that reflect the Bermudan style architecture. At the Turks and Caicos National Museum you will find a central exhibit that tells the story of the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest European shipwreck discovered in the Western Hemisphere (dated around 1505). It also discloses the rich cultural and natural diversity of the islands. Other historic sites include the Lighthouse, Fire hill and the Hawks Nest Anchorage.
The Turks and Caicos government is striving to maintain the character of the islands. There will be no noisy water sports such as jet skis, and Carnival Cruise Lines has developed just 14 of the 37 acres it's leased, leaving the rest untouched. They want cruise ship passengers to experience the authentic charm, while not becoming problematic to the sensitive environment. With careful planning and a variety of options, visitors can wander throughout the island and enjoy the historic charm and unspoiled beauty of Grand Turk.
I copied this from their web site. Where is Grand Turk, and does Conquest go there?
Only 46 Sundays to go, or 321 days.