Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

Grand Turk is the capital of Turks and Caicos Islands, located 90 miles north of Hispanola; the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Contrary to what its name implies; Grand Turk Island only measures 7 miles long. If you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation but do not want to brave the crowded sand in the more popular spots, you have found your place.

Book a room with a view of the beach: The island has retained its British colonial flavour, with wild donkeys and horses running in public fields and bright-coloured antique buildings; some of which have been turned into hotels and are conveniently located steps away from the shore.

You can certainly dive and snorkel in the beautiful Caribbean sea, but while on terra firma take a walk around town to meet the locals. An ethnically diverse group populates the island: Haitians, Grand Turk aborigines, and some United Kingdom natives, give this island a worldly flavour.

Visit the architectural highlights: The Methodist Church boasts quaint architecture, with exposed wooden beams running along the roof and white fans to keep the parishioners cool during prayer. The Simmons House is reminiscent of New Orleans French Quarter architecture. The Coverly Residence is a small, sinister, yet intriguing residence on Front Street, dating back to the 1830s, that is reputed to be haunted.

Try the conch fritters: These spicy balls are made with fresh conch, dusted with flour and deep-fried until golden. After your meal, find one of the local stores and get some quenepes; native fruit of the land.

Collect jewellery: Electric blue and jade sun-kissed glass pieces, make an excellent and inexpensive souvenir, and if you have any creative inclination; buy some wire from your local craft store and you can make some jewellery while watching the tides from your seafront hotel room.

See the video below for some great fun activities to enjoy in Grand Turk.