Cockburn Town is located on the largest island in the Turks Islandsarchipelago, Grand Turk Island. Historic 18th and 19th century Bermudian architecture line Duke and Front Streets in the town. The town is known for its long, narrow streets and old street lamps.
The closest anchorage to Cockburn Town is Hawk's Nest Anchorage, which, though sheltered, should only be entered in good light because of reefs near the entrance.
The seat of government ever since 1766, Cockburn Town was the first permanent settlement on any of the islands, founded in 1681 by salt collectors who arrived in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The city supposedly lies on the place where Juan Ponce de León first landed on the island.
Cockburn Town is home to the Turks & Caicos National Museum, which is housed in the colonial-era Guinep House, on Front Street. The house is believed to be over 180 years old and much of its structural material came from local shipwrecks, including a ship's mast, which is one of the building's main supports. The site was donated to the Museum in 1990.
If you go. Getting there. A cruise ship is the easiest way ... Sightseeing. From a cruise ship, take a taxi for $5 to town or negotiate with a taxi driver for an island tour for about $60 ... Lodging ... Osprey Beach Hotel is in Cockburn Town on the beach ... .
Getting there. • Cruise ship. That's the easiest way. Carnival-owned ships stop there ... Sightseeing. From a cruise ship, take a taxi for $5 to town or negotiate with a taxi driver for an island tour for about $60 ... • Osprey Beach Hotel is in Cockburn Town on the beach ... .
A morning round up from the city's blogs and news sites. Good morningEdinburgh! ...Click here to find out where else in Edinburgh the bus goes to ... A large section of the Old Town between Market Street and Cockburn Street will soon be developed to include a hotel, restaurants and up to 50 homes, reports the Scotsman ... More details here ... .