15 Best Things to do in Turks and Caicos During Your Vacation

By Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar on Sep 25, 2019
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When Columbus set foot on the Turks and Caicos Islands in the 1490s, he must have seen a virgin paradise - the land surrounded by the ocean carrying exquisite shades of blue, lined with fine white sand, and dotted with lush green corners. Today, even after centuries of development, the archipelago of Turks and Caicos has managed to stay the same. Lovingly known as TCI, this place should be on your travel bucket list! So, here are some of the best things to do in Turks and Caicos covering all the significant sites and popular activities. Follow this list and you will definitely have an exciting Turks and Caicos vacation!

1. Spend an exciting day on Grace Bay 

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The sublime beauty of Grace Bay is hidden in its fine sand and shades of blue ocean water. Several famous resorts are a stone’s throw away from here and easy access to watersports on the beach has transformed Grace Bay into one of the top tourist attractions in Turks and Caicos.

2. Explore Cheshire Hall Plantation

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When you visit Cheshire Hall, you will find one of the best-preserved plantation-era ruins, ready to pull you back in the 1800s. The stone structures at this plantation site tell the story of the island’s turbulent past and tales of slavery. Taking a tour of Cheshire Hall Plantation is one of the best things to do in Providenciales as it will give you a glimpse of TCI’s lesser-known history.

3. Tour the Turks and Caicos National Museum

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When it comes to understanding TCI a little better, you cannot miss visiting Turks and Caicos National Museum. Located on the Grand Turk Island, this museum has everything from pre-historic Lucayan cultural exhibits to the colonial era and the slave trade that has shaped the island’s past. It is highly recommended to include this museum in your Turks and Caicos itinerary.

4. Go Snorkeling at Smiths Reef

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The colorful underwater world at Smiths Reef offers a surreal snorkeling experience to make your Turks and Caicos’ vacation a memorable one. From larger southern brown stingrays and majestic spotted eagle rays to a number of smaller fish species, you will get to discover wonders of marine life here. Do not miss a chance to go night snorkeling at Smiths Reef to make the best of your time on the islands.

5. Book a Whale watching tour

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It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of whale watching tours in TCI as you get to witness giant yet gentle humpback whales. Keep in mind that the whale-watching Caribbean season is usually from mid-January to early-April. One of the top activities in Turks and Caicos, this adventure is bound to be the highlight of your trip!

6. Go swimming in Taylor Bay

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Looking for a peaceful spot to catch some tan? Want to take a dip in the clear ocean water? Head off to the Taylor Bay and you will have a perfect day. Even though the beach is small, the water is calm and clear making it one of the top swimming spots in Turks and Caicos.

7. See endangered wildlife at Little Water Cay

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Rent a kayak or hop on the boat and head off to Little Water Cay and you will come face to face with endangered rock iguana in its natural habitat. Also known as Iguana Island, this is a protected area and nature reserve. Be a responsible tourist and stay on the boardwalks when exploring Little Water Cay and do not feed the iguanas.

8. Enjoy Kiteboarding on Long Bay Beach

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When you are looking for activities on Providenciales, Long Bay Beach comes to the rescue with its famous kiteboarding. If not interested in watersports, then its coast is covered in soft white sand where you can take romantic long walks. No doubt it has become a popular spot amongst honeymooners in Turks and Caicos.

9. Try golfing at Provo Golf Club

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Wondering how to spend a leisurely day when vacationing in Turks and Caicos? Then the Provo Golf Course is the place to be! This 18 hole championship golf course is one of the best Caribbean golf courses ideal for amateurs as well as experienced golfers. Do not forget to book your tee time in advance as it is among the most popular golf courses in Turks and Caicos.

10. Taste the best of Caribbean cuisine

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The aroma of fresh seafood combined with Caribbean delicacies turns Turks and Caicos into a paradise for foodies. Be it mouth-watering conch fritters that are available everywhere or Thursday Night Fish Fry near the Bight Park in Provo, the islands are ready to pamper your taste buds with the best of food.

11. Explore Conch Bar Caves

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Your trip is going to be dotted with a number of adventure activities in Turks and Caicos. The largest limestone cave system of Conch Bar Caves is going to introduce you to four different species of bat colonies. Considered to be one of the largest above-ground cave systems around, these are yet to be developed as a tourist attraction. So, you can visit Conch Bar Caves only with a guided tour. 

12. Diving at Columbus Landfall National Park

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Turks and Caicos Island is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered, and Columbus Landfall National Park is one of them. Covering the land as well as the water of the west side of Grand Turk, this national park is heaven for divers. So, when you are interested in diving in Turks and Caicos, include Columbus Landfall National Park in your plan. 

13. Head to Salt Cay for some peaceful time

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Many islands of Turks and Caicos have developed rapidly over the last few years, but it seems that Salt Cay refused to go along. If you want to get away from all the touristy crowds, beaches of Salt Cay will welcome you with open arms. Sunbathe on the beach or enjoy fishing around, miles of coastline is yours to explore!

14. Experience horseback riding in the ocean

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Whatever activity it may be, Turks and Caicos Islands make sure to turn it into something unique. So, instead of regular horseback riding along a beach, you will get a ride in the ocean. It is, of course, a perfect way to explore the best beaches of Turks and Caicos.

15. Visit the Chalk Sound National Park

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When you visit the Chalk Sound National Park, it will take you to a world of exquisite beauty. This turquoise lagoon can be explored by a scenic Chalk Sound Drive. You can also opt for kayaking or paddleboarding to soak in its sublime charm. 

So, which activities in the Turks and Caicos Islands you are going to enjoy?

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