10 must-see sights in the Turks and Caicos Islands for history buffs

There is more to the Turks and Caicos Islands than beautiful white sand beaches and interesting natural rock formations that create scenes for adventurous activities. They also feature history and historical attractions that are worth seeing. From rock carvings to well-preserved ruins, here are ten attractions history-loving travelers to the Turks and Caicos Islands shouldn’t miss.



ten Wade’s Green Plantation

There are so many plantation sites in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but Wade’s Green Plantation is the most popular. This well-preserved agricultural site was one of the plantations established by loyalist Wade Stubbs in the 18th century. After its establishment, the plantation would continue to be worked by slaves, as slavery was still legal in British territories until 1834. The slaves of this plantation today constitute a part of the native inhabitants of the island, this which makes it even more important. to the history of the island.

9 National Museum of the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands Museum is the most popular museum in the Turks and Caicos Islands and contains much of the island’s history. The museum is located in Grand Turk, and visitors to the museum will be presented with materials that cover the history of the country from the period of the Taino migration to the era of European and Loyalist settlers.


8 Town of Cockburn

The town of Cockburn is one of the oldest and most historic areas in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It was founded by salt collectors in 1681 and is the oldest permanent settlement in the country. The city is home to the majority of the country’s historic attractions, such as the National Museum of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Her Majesty’s Prison Museum. A visit to this city is an opportunity to witness the way of life and learn more about the history of the country. The city also has some of the best beaches in the country and luxurious villas to provide visitors with an incredible island vacation.

seven Sapodilla Bay Hill rock carvings

So much has been left behind by people who have lived in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the rock carving at Sapodilla Bay Hill is one of them. Located in Providenciales, these rock carvings represent the presence of sailors and travelers who, unfortunately, were victims of shipwrecks. While they waited, they thought carving their name into the rock was a great way to pass the time. Most of the carvings date from the period between the mid-1700s and mid-1800s, and some even come with names and dates.

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6 Grand Turk Lighthouse

Standing at a height of 18 meters on a cliff, overlooking a picturesque body of water, is the Grand Turks Lighthouse – the most famous landmark on the island of Grand Turk. The lighthouse was built in 1852 to help sailors navigate to the island and prevent shipwrecks that were increasing in the area. Although it is no longer in operation, it can still be visited to see the landscape that surrounds the area.

5 Her Majesty’s Prison

Her Majesty’s Prison is a historic attraction well worth visiting in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is located in the town of Cockburn, where the National Museum of the Turks and Caicos Islands is also located. As the name suggests, it was a prison in the past, and it housed male and female prisoners. Until it closed in 1994, it was the only prison in the country, but it is now a historical attraction, and one can visit to explore the different parts of the prison and the impressive bell tower.


4 Cheshire Hall Plantation

Cheshire Hall Plantation is one of several plantations established in the Turks and Caicos Islands by British Loyalists. It was first created by British Loyalist Thomas Stubbs and later by his brother Wade Stubbs. Although it may not be the best preserved plantation in the country, Cheshire Hall Plantation bears witness to the history of slave labor and the wealthy agricultural enterprise that once prevailed in the area.

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3 The Express Family

The Turks and Caicos Islands have seen a large number of shipwrecks, but The Family Express remains the most popular. This wreck is located in Providenciales and was washed up in the island’s waters in 2004 when Hurricane Frances tore through the country’s islands. Today the wreck has become a popular attraction that can be visited with boats and jet skis. The wreck can also be visited with kayaks and paddle boards, although it is best left to experienced paddlers.


2 Grand Turk Salt Pans

Salt was one of the main resources that brought settlers to the Turks and Caicos Islands and Grand Turk Salt Salinas features many salt pans created to produce this resource. With the decline of the salt industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Grand Salina and others across the country ceased to operate. Today visitors come to the area to see the large red colored Salinas left in the area.

1 yankee town

Located in West Caicos, Yankee Town is a town built in the late 1800s to serve as a settlement for the area’s plantation industry. Today the town is in ruins and what can be found there are remains of the railway, machinery and several stone buildings.

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