Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati
While small in size, the Turks and Caicos Islands offer a range of experiences for those looking for an unspoiled paradise. With miles of deserted beaches, some of the world’s clearest waters, and upscale villas and spas for the luxurious vacationer, things to do in Turks and Caicos center around nature and pure relaxation.
Go island-hopping to explore the undiscovered: Salt Cay, West and East Caicos, and others offer diving and snorkelling opportunities for adventurers while laid-back vacationers can experience the incomparable peace and quiet found in these less-travelled islands. With beautiful coral reefs, crowd-less beaches, bird watching and hiking trails, and tons of water sports and scenic boat cruises available, this unconventional vacation spot is a great choice for a tropical getaway or honeymoon.
If you’re wondering what to do in Turks and Caicos, we provide some suggestions for a unique beach holiday.
The beautiful white sand beach of Grace Bay attracts visitors to Providenciales, the largest island in population and the country’s tourism capital, home to an airport and popular resorts likes Beaches Turks and Caicos, along the country’s northern coast. Here, sunbathing, swimming, and water sports are favourite past-times.
Between visits to the hammock, check out some of Providenciales’ attractions. Cheshire Hall is the site of a former cotton plantation’s 200-year old ruins, while the natural phenomenon simply known as “The Hole” is a 50-foot limestone hole in Long Bay where people can be lowered down a 60-foot deep swimming hole (keep in mind, this could be dangerous). Another highlight is the Caicos Conch Farm, a working farm where tourists can learn about the Queen Conch’s lifecycle as well as enjoy a show, see conch pearls, and even purchase fresh conch for their next meal!
Turks and Caicos’ real capital is Grand Turk Island, though even its beaches can seem deserted when cruise ships aren’t in port. Yet, the cruise centre does see hundreds of thousands of guests every year, boasting the largest Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in the Caribbean, idyllic beaches, a lagoon-like pool, and shopping.
Visitors to Grand Turk can enjoy eco-adventures like glass-bottom kayaking through shallow waters and mangroves to spot marine life, bird-watching, and interacting with stingrays at Gibbs Cay. Don’t miss a visit to the historic lighthouse, a great spot for whale watching.
North and Middle Caicos are the two largest islands in the country, and the two main islands connected by a road. Here you’ll find the best natural attractions: miles of deserted beaches, hiking trails, harbours, and cave systems.
The uninhabited island of Little Water Cay is also known as “Iguana Island.” This small island is less than 500 metres from Providenciales, a great excuse to rent a kayak. You’ll only need a couple of hours here to stroll along the boardwalk and let the kids marvel at nature’s creatures (remember not to feed them, they’re endangered!).
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