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Cockburn Town (not to be confused with Cockburn Harbour on South Caicos) is the principal settlement on Grand Turk and is the Capital of the Turks and Caicos. It has many historic buildings and an attractive charm.

Clearance

For full details on clearing into and out of the country see Turks & Caicos Formalities.

Customs and Immigration are at South Dock (the Government Wharf) and you must clear in here if arriving in the island for the first time, otherwise just show the Harbour Master your Cruising Permit.

Large yachts may be able to tie up to this commercial dock, however it is not advisable as the dock is very high with rusty bollards (widely spaced), overhangs and rough surface and dirty tyres. It is probably better to anchor close by (on the south side) and commute ashore by dinghy.

If the anchorage off Cockburn Town is untenable, sail two miles south and anchor off the commercial dock at the southern extremity of the island.

To visit the town it is best to ask one of the officials to order a taxi.

Last updated February 2016.

Customs Office
South Base, Grand Turk
Tel:+1-649-946-1176 / 1-649-946-1805 / 1-649-3382426 Fax:+1-649-946-2366

Docking

Anchor as detailed above. Note, that if you stay anchored in the government harbour too long, your boat may be boarded by the "Police", who will do a brief inspection.

Other Anchorages

There is a hurricane hole in the vicinity of Cockburn Town, at North Creek or Columbus Sound, but access is restricted to shallow draft boats.

Hawk's Nest anchorage, south of Cockburn Town, provides good shelter but can only be accessed in good light as the entrance is encumbered with reefs.

South of Grand Turk, on the west side of an island called "The Creek:, is a good sandy anchorage sheltered from easterly winds. Get quite close in, in 3-4m. A very pleasant quiet deserted island.

Grand Turk is now visited regularly by cruise ships, who take preference at the main anchorage.

Updated September 2015.

Flamingo Cove Marina
Location 21° 29.476'N, 071° 08.515'W ,
North Creek, Grand Turk
Tel:649 946 2227
Moorings and a fairly shallow dock with room for a couple of boats. 3 or 4 ft only in the channel at LW. Fuel, WiFi.

burnettmed
burnettmed says:
Feb 04, 2016 05:42 PM

A few notes about clearing in on Grand Turk. The Harbor Master does not always monitor VHF 16 - we just showed up at the office and they were fine - it was a cruise ship day. Only the skipper needs to go ashore. The 7-day cruising permit cost $50. Unfortunately the 8-90 day permit is still an additional $300. Also, you are charged $10 an hour in addition if you state your arrival time was before or after hours - it does not matter what time you actually show up at Customs. Not sure how they would be able to verify your arrival time on busy cruise ship days...
I would recommend doing what you can to anchor in the (crowded) harbor near customs instead of pulling up to the dock. It is a giant, 6 foot high concrete monstrosity with some widely-spaced rusty bollards and rubber tyres -- just like Aruba's custom dock. There are moorings there, but many are private and you can't tell which is which. If you hang out in the government harbor too long your boat may be boarded by the "Police," not customs or the Coast Guard. They did not inspect for food, animals, or closed through hulls, but rather went through our passports and were quite pleasant. I don't think this is a required boarding and may be random as the Harbor Master did not mention it as a requirement.

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