Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

Typical white sand beach and azure waters at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

Typical white sand beach and azure waters at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

Grand Turk is the capital island of the 40-island archipelago that makes up the Turks & Caicos.  Located at the tail end of the Bahamian Island chain, the Turks & Caicos are home to the third largest coral reef system in the world, offering snorkeling and diving enthusiasts reefs with depths varying from 30 to 8,000 feet (9 to 2,438 meters).  The island is known for its powdery white fine sand beaches.

Bohio Dive Resort (hotel), Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

Bohio Dive Resort (hotel), Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

We had a driving tour of the island and were dropped off at the Bohio Dive Resort for a luncheon of local seafood at its Guanahani Restaurant and Bar (see below, re: the name “Guanahani”).  With our lunch, the local beer, Turk’s Head, was a good match.  Of course we wondered why the local hot sauce, “Bohio Butt Burner” featured a donkey on the label.

At the "Ike and Donkey Beach Bar" at the Bohio Dive Resort, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

At the “Ike and Donkey Beach Bar” at the Bohio Dive Resort, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

It didn’t take long to find out the answer.  There are a lot of feral donkeys left on the island which roam freely and come onto “private” property foraging for food and water.  Naturally the resort’s oceanfront bar is named “Ike & Donkey Beach Bar”.

One of thousands of feral donkeys on the island, watering at the Bohio Dive Resort, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

One of thousands of feral donkeys on the island, watering at the Bohio Dive Resort, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

The other surprise on the little island was finding the Columbus Landfall National Park Beach, adjacent to the Bohio Dive Resort.  Columbus landed on the island (which he called “Guanahani”) in 1492, one of five Caribbean islands that he discovered before landing in Cuba.  [See our previous post on New York City — Eat Local — Landmarc at Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center), New York, New York, USA —  for photographs of the Columbus Circle statue and the relief sculpture of Columbus arriving in the New World with his three sailing ships.]

Columbus Landfall National Park Beach, adjacent to the Bohio Dive Resort, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

Columbus Landfall National Park Beach, adjacent to the Bohio Dive Resort, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

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    • Being in the Caribbean, there is not much temperature variation (just the prevalence of rain and hurricanes in certain months). When we were there, the high was about 31 C (88 F) and the low about 26 C (79 F). Humid, but less so than nearer the equator. With regard to the lack of tourists, Grand Turk is not the main T & C island that has been developed for high end tourism (it is the country’s capital) — the Island of Providenciales (connected to Parrot Cay, North Caicos and East Caicos) is where the tourists are.

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  1. Rich,

    We are at the airport waiting to board out plane home. I have had the time to carefully read your blog and look at your fabulous pictures!

    I can hardly believe we we at the same places! I love your write ups and your pictures are spectacular!

    It is treat to receive your blogs!

    Happy and safe travels!

    Warmest regards,

    Beth (and Don)

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