Grand Turk is not as developed as some of the other islands; a plus in our book! We visited the national museum and learned a lot about the shipwrecks around the island and some of the early culture - very interesting. The shopping area recently developed at the pier was good and a very pleasant place to spend time. The beach is right there and the swim up bar was a plus!
Boy has this place changed! Downtown used to be a pleasure to walk through; even the little side streets had cute shops and restaurants to offer. Now it is so crowded; totally built up in the main square around the courthouse and the shops seem a bit seedier. Some of my old favorites are gone, such as the Delft (real, made in the Netherlands) store and the casinos are now hard to locate where they once stood out from the shops.
I have been around the island a couple of times and perhaps that is much the same, but Philipsburg was a serious disappointment this time.