At over 150 years old, the lighthouse on Grand Turk has been helping ships steer clear of the delicate, but deadly, reef. The structure is located on Lighthouse Road on the coast of Grand Turk. It is situated on a small limestone hill overlooking the shallow reef that extends from the northern end of the island.
The building overlooks North Creek which is said to closely resemble the description that Christopher Columbus gave for the first island he stumbled upon in the search of the New World in 1492. Donkey trails lead from the lighthouse to the beach beneath the bluff as they have since the lighthouse was first built.
Mangrove trees on the coast nearby help prevent erosion by retaining the sand. It’s a constant reminder of the history of this idyllic island, how wrecks were prevented, and how the reef was preserved.
Come and see it all for yourself!