A trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands will be an unforgettable experience for any visitor to the Caribbean. The islands are a British Overseas Territory with an archipelago of more than 40 islands. The Caicos Islands are larger whereas the Turks are smaller. You have lots of places to see and it’s easy to find the perfect luxury Caribbean homes along the beaches.
This isn’t the cheapest destination in the Caribbean and expect accommodation and tours to be more on the expensive side. It’s also worth pointing out that since they don’t get too many visitors, tours and excursions operate on an irregular schedule and should you wish to take one, you may need to arrange it when you arrive. So, essential information over, let’s jump into the 10 best things to do in the Turks and Caicos
1# Diving and Snorkelling:
You can find some of the best diving spots in the entire Caribbean on Turks and Caicos. If you don’t have a diving license, it’s easy to rent snorkelling equipment on the beaches at reasonable rates. Both diving and snorkelling tours are available.
2# Go Horseback Riding:
This isn’t the typical horseback riding across the flat plains that most people are familiar with. The ones in Turks and Caicos go in the water too, which makes a unique experience for visitors. Just be aware that this isn’t an activity for people on a budget and you can expect it to cost around $100 per person for a tour.
3# Go Kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding:
I can’t write an article on the best things to do in the Turks and Caicos without mentioning the most popular water sports. The sea is warm all year round and there are lots of inland lagoons that make it perfect for both kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. You can find several places to rent equipment around the island where you can find hourly, daily or even weekly rates. It’s also possible to take a tour in f the mangroves or islands, but you’ll need to speak to the right people and arrange these when you arrive.
4# Spend a Day Exploring Grand Turk Island:
Grand Turk Island is the main island. It has white sand beaches against the backdrop of the turquoise sea. Most visitors like to spend a day exploring or simply relaxing on the beach. You can find a few seafood restaurants and bars on the island. Grand Turk is one of the most popular parts of the island for cruise ships to dock for the day, so expect it to be crowded during peak season.
5# Check Out Thursday Fish Fry (Island Fish Fry):
Thursday Fish Fry happens every Thursday evening between 5.30 pm and 9.30 pm in Bight Children’s Park. A number of local entertainers come and perform for the crowds whilst vendors roam around selling their food. This is a fun event for the whole family.
6# Visit Chalk Sound National Park:
The Chalk Sound National Park is a large lagoon when you can come to relax, swim or take part in water sports. Kayaks, rowing boats, and stand up paddleboards are available for rent along the side of the water. Remember that it’s illegal to disturb the wildlife or take anything away from the National Park and there are strict penalties for people who litter.
7# Visit Iguana Island (Little Water Cay):
Iguana Island is less than 500 metres from Providenciales and its one of the only places in the Turks and Caicos where you can see the indigenous iguanas. Some are roaming around and others are nesting depending on the time of the year. This activity is somewhat unique as you don’t get to see them every day. Boats pass between the two islands on a regular basis or you can rent a kayak and visit yourself.
8# Middle Caicos Caves (Conch Bar Caves):
The Middle Caicos Caves are in a village called Conch Bar in, you guessed it, the Middle Caicos. This is the largest above-ground cave system in the archipelago of islands that stretch to the Bahamas. Admission into the cave system is $10 for a regular visit. You can either rent a car and drive here or arrange a tour from Providenciales. However, if you want a tour, they may not be as frequent as you expect. Some people say the tour only runs on a weekly basis, others say it hardly runs at all. My advice is to check when you arrive.
9# Visit the National Museum:
The Turks and Caicos has a unique culture and a fascinating history. You can check out the Museum on the Grand Turk Island to learn more about these islands, which is a great thing to do if the weather isn’t on your side.
10# Have a Unique Experience and the First Conch Farm:
A conch is a tropical mollusc. The conch farm in the Turks and Caicos is the only commercial farm in the world. People who visit learn about their lifecycle and what makes them unique in the region.
Things to Remember:
A trip to the Turks and Caicos will be an unforgettable experience. But, at the same time, it’s not the best place to visit if you’re travelling on a budget. There are lots of things to do here apart from sitting and relaxing on the beaches and water sports. Experience something unique that this destination has to offer and you’re certain to fall in love with the Turks and Caicos.