With 40 different islands and cays (of which only 8 are inhabited) the Turks and Caicos Islands have much to offer for those visiting on vacation. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Turks and Caicos, or if you’re a repeat visitor to the Islands, there is always something new and exciting to discover! If you're looking for the very best things to do whilst on Turks and Caicos, keep on reading...
From water sports and local cultural events, to whale watching and dune buggy safari tours, these superb islands offer a fantastic range of diverse activities to give you the vacation of a lifetime. No matter if you’ll be travelling with the entire family, with friends or as a couple, there really is something for everyone!
Don’t just take our word for it though! See for yourself what the region has to offer and take a look at our guide to the top 78 things to do on a Turks and Caicos vacation.
Scuba diving is a great way for divers of all abilities to enjoy the fantastic and wide ranging sea life found in the Turks and Caicos waters. If you’re new to the scuba diving scene, this is all the more reason to give it a go! From renting equipment to full certification courses, this activity is set to keep you entertained and exploring the incredible marine life and coral reefs that these islands have to offer.
This highly popular water sport is a fun and exciting way for you to explore the beautiful underwater landscape of the islands. If this holiday activity is something you cannot resist, then the numerous beaches and reefs of the Turks and Caicos Islands won’t leave you twiddling your thumbs that’s for sure! Take a look at some of the best snorkelling locations as recommended by Visit Turks & Caicos Islands.
Let surfing meet kayaking and canoeing, and if you love these sports then you’re sure to enjoy stand up paddle boarding of the turquoise waters surrounding Turks and Caicos! This is an awesome activity that will also give your body a little bit of a workout! Do it with a local excursions operator such as Big Blue, which departs from Blue Haven Resort and Marina.
Have you tried your hand at kiteboarding before? After getting a little assistance to help with your technique, you can be up and running with this fantastic water sport in no time! The more experienced surfers amongst you will enjoy the stronger winds and put your skills to the test, while the clear and calm Caribbean waters offer a great opportunity for less advanced kiteboarders to learn the basics.
Surfing on the glistening waves off Providenciales with the sun on your back certainly sounds like the dream to us! The barrier reef off the north and west coasts of Providenciales can offer some pretty good breaks which are ideal for surfing. An absolute must for those who love to ride the waves.
Surfing can take a little practice, so if you want an easier way to hit the waves, then body Boarding (or boogie boarding as it’s also referred to as) is really good fun and great for kids wanting to have a go at riding the waves for themselves!
If you are a thrill seeker and love taking control of your own adventure, then jet skiing is the watersport for you! A number of local excursions operators can help you arrange some fun on the water. Spend an exhilarating afternoon riding around on the clear waters of the ocean giving you a chance to soak up the sun and the fabulous scenery surrounding you.
Another water sport to get the adrenaline pumping; wakeboarding is an exciting activity for all ages. A few local companies offer lessons both for those trying out wakeboarding for the first time and for the more experienced individuals who are wanting to perfect their technique! The cays to the east of the Providenciales are popular areas for this sport!
Parasailing isn’t just an insanely fun water sport that you and your friends can enjoy, but it’s also a great activity which will gives you a fantastic opportunity to observe the stunning turquoise sea and the lush landscape of the islands. You may also catch a glimpse of humpack whales, sea turtles or perhaps even JoJo the Dolphin as well as have an opportunity to view the exquisite coral which makes up the world’s third largest barrier reef. Captain Marvin’s Watersports offers parasailing reservations, so check them out if this activity sounds too good to miss!
For those of you wanting to enjoy a leisurely afternoon of sailing but may not have had much sailing experience before then hiring Hobie Cats could be for you! Hobie Cats are small and easy to sail unsinkable catamaran sailboats which are often available for use on a complimentary basis at resorts on Grace Bay, such as Alexandra Resort and Beach House Turks and Caicos. Booking a Hobie Cat lesson will also help you to get to grips with the boats a little quicker so that you can you can make the most of your time out on the water!
For anyone wanting to experience the charming Turks and Caicos waters, tubing will give you a fun and unforgettable opportunity to get out on the water! These inflatable crafts that are towed behind a motorboat range in size, so bring your friends and family along and enjoy this brilliant activity together!
Yes you heard right! Snuba, not scuba, is a fun and easier way for kids or inexperienced divers to enjoy exploring the islands’ underwater beauty. A mix between scuba diving and snorkelling, snuba diving provides a shallower diving experience in which you’re attached to an individual air line allowing you to experience your own underwater adventure!
This is a fantastic activity for those of you who just love to go out exploring! Immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the mangroves and the wildlife surrounding you as you kayak through the shallow waters and then enjoy an eco-adventure by foot along the coastline. Perfect!
If you can’t resist a water attraction, then make sure you check out the Grand Turk FlowRider! Great for body boarding, knee boarding or stand up riding, this dual sided self-contained water attraction provides the best conditions for you to get to grips with your technique before hitting the real waves!
Planning a day trip? In contrast to the hustle and bustle of the main tourist area of Providenciales, why not head to a different island which offers a more remote and tranquil experience? Take a ferry to North Caicos and then rent a car to explore North and Middle Caicos and soak up the wild yet fantastic scenery surrounding you. From a relaxing swim to grabbing a bite to eat, there’s plenty of activities to keep you entertained all day long! Make a point to view the flamingos on North Caicos and visit the caves at Munjin Beach on Middle Caicos.
It’s not everyday you’ll have the privilege of seeing a North Atlantic Humpback Whale! Therefore, don’t miss an amazing opportunity to learn more and see these majestic and magnificent creatures for yourself as they pass through Grand Turk and Salt Cay on their annual migration from January to March to mate and give birth.
What could be a better vacation day than spending a relaxing afternoon fishing . From deep sea excursions to fly fishing, bottom fishing or night fishing to name a few, if you want to try your hand at fishing then there’s certainly plenty of world class fishing opportunities for anglers in Turks and Caicos.
For the particularly keen fishermen, catching a bonefish takes great skill but is a challenge definitely worth accepting! If you think you have a keen sense of sight and the ability to cast a fly rod well then you should consider embarking on this exploration through the miles of shallow water. Check out D.B. Tours to book your bonefishing trip!
Booking a boat tour is a must when visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands! A variety of tours are available to suit your interests and budget. Not only are boat tours a fun and exiting way to see different areas of the islands, they’re also a great opportunity to be sociable and make some friend during your vacation.
Whether there’s a romantic proposal or special celebration on the cards, make your event one to remember and book your own private excursion. Take a hamper of goodies with you for a picnic on a private beach, and enjoy the opportunity to spend some quality time together as you relax and take in the superb scenery until your boat returns to pick you up later in the day.
Explore the magnificent underwater landscape and sea life of the Turks and Caicos Islands from the comfort of a submarine! A great activity for all of the family to enjoy, Undersea Explorer Tours can help you to experience fantastic views of the reefs and coral and catch a glimpse of the resident turtles and fish as you get up close and personal with the underwater world!
For a different experience to the traditional boat tour during the day, why not set sail into the sunset and enjoy a cruise by night? As well as being able to view the pristine beaches and glistening waters, you may also have the privilege of seeing the glow worms which inhabit Turks and Caicos. This unique excursion is only available 3 to 4 days after a full moon. Contact the Atabeyra to book your excursion.
How does scouring the hidden caves looking for pirate’s treasure sound? Outbreak Adventures provide an action packed filled day including BBQ lunch, snorkelling and unlimited drinks making it a great fun for all the members of the family to enjoy. Read more at oceanoutback.com to find out more more about this exciting excursion!
JoJo is one of the few dolphins in the world who voluntarily interacts with humans while remaining in natural habitat. The friendly Bottlenose dolphin is regarded as a national treasure amongst the islanders. If you see JoJo swimming along Grace Bay beach, make sure you take the time to say hello!
Often acclaimed as the world’s best beach, a trip to Grace Bay beach will certainly not disappoint. With its glistening white sand and stunning turquoise hue of the sea, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve witnessed paradise after visiting this prized beach! Check out more information about what Grace Bay to offer on Visit Turks & Caicos Islands’ review.
Taylor Bay with its clear, calm and shallow water is a great choice of beach for the younger members of the family to enjoy splashing around in! During low tides, the patches of sand can sometimes produce wonderfully intricate patterns.
If you fancy a leisurely stroll along the beachfront, Leeward’s stretch is a quieter location for you to enjoy a pleasant and uninterrupted walk. If you feel you want to cool off, then take a refreshing swim in the irresistible turquoise waters. It’s a great stretch of beach to hunt for conch shells.
After wandering along Sapodilla Beach, why not then take a stroll up to the top of Sapodilla Hill located on the south coast of Providenciales? The rock carvings on the top of the hill represent the inscriptions of shipwrecked sailors and travellers who waited for their ships. The magnificent views from the top of Sapodilla Hill are another reason to visit. Want to know more? Click here and you’ll be taken to Visit Turks & Caicos Islands' review.
The clear waters of this 2.5 mile beach makes it a great location for you to chill out and take in the scenery. However, Long Bay is also probably most well known as a kiteboarding location due to the onshore side-on winds prevalent on this side of Providenciales.
This reef is one of the easiest to access and is particularly great for novice snorkelers, however its superb sea life and reef means that this location is perfect for any level of snorkelling experience. By night, a different array of sea creatures emerges, including squids, prawns, large sea worms and even octopuses if you’re lucky. Don’t forget to pack your dive light though!
With terrific beaches, a low number of tourists and fabulous scenery, Mudjin Harbour on Middle Caicos features a dramatic landscape.
Consisting of one main ridge, The Bight Reef is another popular snorkelling site inhabited by relatively tame fish.
Can’t decide between the many beautiful beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands? This 12 mile coastal and marine preserve off the north coast of Providenciales includes a number of public parks, such as Grace Bay Beach, The Bight Beach, and Smith’s Reef to name a few!
From birthday party celebrations to wedding reception events, beach parties are a great way to get your friends and family together! Take away the stress of having to plan everything yourself and hire local caterers and event planners to help you throw the ultimate beach party! For the ultimate beach party, consider the private beach at Bleu Haven Resort and Marina.
This highly picturesque natural lagoon on the Southwest of Providenciales is worth a visit if you are looking for a charming day trip! Rock iguanas, bonefish, barracudas, stingrays, small lemon sharks and herons are just some of the animals you may see at Chalk Sound.
Looking for an activity to keep the kids entertained? For the young ones (or young at heart!) this is an exciting journey as you enter a submarine and and embark on your mermaid adventure. Get the camera ready as you prepare to meet ‘Bella the Mermaid’ with long flowing hair and mystical fish tail! You may even be lucky enough to spot a turtle or two on your journey! If you fancy booking your mermaid adventure then head to Caicos Tours Underwater Adventures.
This beautiful and uninhabited small island with its glorious golden beaches and coral reef hosting a multitude of wonderful tropical fish located not far from Grand Turk promises to make a fabulous day trip!
If you fancy planning a day trip away, then why not head to Little Water Cay? The nature lovers amongst you will enjoy the several habitats on the island, however the island is probably most well known for the endangered and endemic Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana.
If you’re an action thriller and love an adventure, then driving along the dusty back roads and beaches in an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) will be an activity which is right up your street! ATV tours on Grand Turk are a great and exhilarating way for you to take in the Islands unspoiled terrain and beaches which you might not have the chance to see using other modes of transport!
Come and see for yourself the amazing craftsmanship of local artisan weaving taking place in the Conch Bar Artisan Studio. You can go along and witness weaving demonstrations and interpretative displays as you learn more about the culture of Caribbean weaving and even take away with you your own genuine woven souvenir! Check out the link here if you fancy taking a trip to the sales outlet and production studio in Conch Bar.
This amazing excursion allows you to explore the beauty of Grand Turk on horseback. You’ll start with a quick safety orientation before you embark on your journey overlooking the magnificent beaches, and before long you’ll be entering the ocean on horseback allowing you to take in the stunning beach scenes surrounding you.
Taking photographs of your holiday is a popular activity to help you remember the amazing scenery and various activities which you got up to, therefore why not hire a professional photographer to ensure that you take away an excellent memory of your trip which will last forever? From posed shots to more natural pictures, a professional photographer specialising in island photo shoots will provide you with the perfect souvenir to remember your time on the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Conch Bar Cave is the only cave (besides the nearby open gallery Indian Cave) open to tourists in Turks and Caicos. Created from limestone, the caves offer a mysterious and interesting adventure!
Cycling is particularly popular around the Grace Bay, The Bight and Turtle Cove regions and is a fantastic mode of transport for you to get to know the surrounding areas a little better which aren’t quite within walking distance! The relatively flat roads and light traffic conditions means that you can cycle around the islands with ease as you take in the awe-inspiring landscape around you.
Do you enjoy a challenging game of golf? If so then Provo Golf Club will be the perfect test of your golfing skills! The facilities at the 18 hole championship golf club including a short range warm-up area, practice chipping and putting areas, and tennis courts. Provo Golf Club makes for an excellent round of golf on a glorious sunny afternoon!
Fancy your luck in a game of blackjack or American roulette? The Casablanca Casino is the only live casino in Providenciales and features several live gaming tables, 85 slot machines and the Casablanca Lounge and Bar.
For those of you wondering what a potcake is, it is the term used to refer to a mixed-breed of dog found in the Turks and Caicos Islands. These loveable, furry orphaned creatures are in desperate need of a home! Go along to Potcake Place and check out the work that they do, and you may even be tempted to bring a potcake back home with you!
As well as keeping your body hydrated with water, gym sessions are a great way to make your body feel revitalized and vibrant whilst you are on holiday! Whether you’re a keen fitness fanatic or just fancy an afternoon Yoga class, several local gyms are available and can offer you a fantastic range of gym equipment for both weight and cardio workouts depending on what you want to tackle.
There’s no such thing as being too relaxed on holiday, therefore add further relaxation to your holiday by treating you or someone else to a luxury spa treatment. The Elevate Spa team at Blue Haven Resort and Alexandra Resort understand the importance of re-energizing and re-vitalizing. The Ocean Knots Deep Tissue Massage sounds like utter perfection following an intense gym session!
Whether you want to browse the galleries or pick up a little something to take home with you from one of the many boutique shops, Saltmills Plaza is an excellent choice. Once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, have a bite to eat at one of restaurants situated at the Plaza, or simply cross the street for more shopping at Regent Village.
With the wide range of spectacular beaches which the Turks and Caicos Islands have to offer, a beach wedding would provide you and your partner with a stunning setting for you to say your vows and tie the knot! From an afternoon reception on the beach to dinner under the stars, the glorious weather means that the possibilities for a beach wedding are endless. Already married? Consider a vow renewal ceremony. If you want to find out more about planning the perfect Turks and Caicos wedding, then head to the Turks and Caicos Official Website here.
With over 170 species of bird which can be found in the Turks and Caicos Islands, this is a great opportunity for you to take some stunning photographs of some rather magnificent birds! Great blue herons, flamingos, ospreys and pelicans are just a sampling of what you might encounter, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the rare west Indian whistling duck!
Sit back and relax as the local tour guide gives you a wealth of knowledge and attention as you wind around past century old buildings, homes and inns as you soak up the atmosphere of this fabulous island.
The lighthouse constructed in 1852 has been restored and still guards the northern tip of Grand Turk today. This prized historical site protected by the National Trust is also a great spot for whale watching and picnics.
Even kids need to indulge in some retail therapy, so if they’re wanting to take home a gift or trinket to remember your incredible holiday, TCI Beach Buddies located at the Providenciales International Airport is the place to go to!
Located at Long Bay Hills, this is one of the last remaining areas of the Providenciales which is undeveloped. The low lying coastal coppice vegetation, intriguing rocky seashores and sandy coves on the coastal area makes Bird Rock Point the perfect location to see another side of Providenciales! Check out the Turks and Caicos National Trust page to find out more about this intriguing location.
For those of you who love bringing out the more adventurous sides in yourselves, then you should definitely consider getting behind the wheel and experience the island in style! As well as managing to catch a glimpse of the endangered pink flamingo or stopping off at the Grand Turk Lighthouse, your journey along the east coast to the Grand Turk Indigenous Horse Shelter will allow you to take a closer look at the wild horses and donkeys which were once fundamental to the Island’s booming salt trade.
For the ultimate luxurious pool session, why not hire your own private pool cabana? At Grand Turk Cruise Center, each pool cabana is air-conditioned giving you the perfect area to chill out and take a rest from the sun in style.
Take a tour of the Island in style and become more familiar with the key attractions and hot-spot locations on and around the island by helicopter. Great for all the family when your first arrive onto the island, you will fly along the entire coast and visit the outer cays and well-known shark and stingray areas of the reef.
The hole, located in Long Bay in Providenciales is a 40 foot naturally formed limestone hole. It’s worth a visit to witness its immense size, and mystery.
Looking to take home a souvenir to remember your time on the island? Located at Saltmills Plaza, Anna’s Art Gallery offers a large selection of original artworks and crafts including original paintings by local artists, locally crafted jewellery, as well as cool and quirky trinkets which make the perfect gift or souvenir.
You certainly don’t want to miss this fabulous cultural explosion including food retailers, entertainment and cultural acts happening every Thursday evening at the Bight Park. If the thought of freshly grilled fish, plates filled with peas ‘n rice, a cool local beer and local lobster straight off the grill sounds too tempting to miss then make sure you check out this delicious foodie event during your stay!
This fantastic annual event which has been running for the past five years is the perfect festival if you love fine dining! The three-day culinary festival hosting a five course gourmet meal with each course being hosted at a different award winning restaurant promises to be a fantastic occasion showcasing a culinary extravaganza of food and wine. The festival is a very poplar event, so make sure that you book your tickets well in advance!
Particularly useful if you’re staying in a suite at a Grace Bay resort and need to stock up on supplies, Graceway Gourmet is an up-market store situated in Grace Bay where you can choose a wide range of produce, meats, fish and other convenience foods. Why not grab a bite to eat from the in-store deli, salad bar and coffee shop after you’ve finished shopping?
If you’re looking for a spot of breakfast or lunch to get yourself fuelled in preparation for the day’s activities, then this is a great little bakery to set you up well for the day. From delicious pastries to hearty sandwiches and even dessert, it’ll be hard to refrain yourself from indulging on all the tasty treats on offer!
The distinctive and refreshing lemon coloured hue of Flamingo Café on Grace Bay is a lively retreat for people of all ages to head down to the beach and enjoy some fabulously traditional island food. This fantastic café not only serves delicious food, but the owners Rickie and Stacy and their staff are extremely friendly and attentive! Take a look at Island Life & Times’ fantastic review article of Flamingo Café.
Planning a special meal for a loved one? Booking a private meal and chef to cook fabulous food is the perfect romantic gesture and unique travelling experience to show someone just how special they are.
As well as learning about the life cycle of the Queen Conch and being able to see the live conch growing from babies to adults, you will also have the opportunity to taste some of the world’s best conch and even get to sample the well-known Porcupine Spike fruit and rum punch.
Bambarra Rum, native only to the Turks and Caicos Islands is a favourite island beverage. If you’re wanting an authentic taste of the Caribbean tropics, the 8-year-old select blend, best described for its exceptionally smooth and rich hints of vanilla, oak, cinnamon and nutmeg is the rum to sample!
The conch regarded as being the reigning delicacy and unofficial mascot of the Turks and Caicos Islands is celebrated at the Annual Conch Festival! With a variety of different activities including wonderful local music, children’s entertainment and special conch judging competitions, this popular event enjoyed by locals and tourists is certainly not to be missed!
This is the only conch farm in the world, so make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to explore the interesting life cycle of the Caribbean Queen Conch. Not only will you be given a tour and quick biology lesson, but you may also get to see and touch one or more of the many thousands of Caribbean Queen Conch growing in the farm’s ponds on-shore. Head to Caicos Conch Farm to find out more information about the tours offered here.
This annual street festival which takes place on the 26th of December is one of the best ways to immerse yourself within the true culture of the Turks and Caicos Island! The masquerade tradition fuses traditional African culture with the costumed balls held in the slavery period by the Bermuda salt rakers who worked in the salt ponds on Grand Turk, Sat Cay and South Caicos. From live stage performances and dancing to cultural and art items for sale, this evening event promises to be a fantastic event for all of the family to enjoy! Head to the Turks and Caicos Tourism Official Website to find out more and have a sneak peak at some of the photographs of the festival taken in previous years.
To find out more about the indigenous wildlife and environment of the Turks and Caicos, the National Environment Centre displays interesting exhibitions and events, and the fun but informative approach to the centre makes it the ideal activity to keep all the family engaged!
Learn about the island’s culture and history with a visit to the Turks and Caicos Museum. Come and see for yourself why this visitor attraction was regarded as the “best little museum in the Caribbean”!
If an activity integrating a mix of history and diving sounds appealing to you, then why not explore the remains of the submerged cannons found on Fort George Cay? This little island between Pine Cay and Parrot Cay once contained a small British fort in the 1800’s, and was protected by cannons due to high rate of piracy, and the remnants of the cannons can still be found in the shallow waters off the North side of the island today!
Considered to be the most important of the pre-modern historical sites on Providenciales, Cheshire Hall was the only plantation to have the full complement of stone structures, such as a great house, slave quarters, kitchen and cotton press bases.
Named as one of the seven Mercury astronauts in 1959, Glenn became an advocate for the American Space Program, and this exhibition celebrates the importance of the American human spaceflight mission in relation to Grand Turk’s history. An opportunity to visit this free exhibition is not to be missed! Want to know more about the exhibition? Head to the Turks and Caicos Tourism Official Website to find out more information.
Located in North Caicos, Wade’s Green Planation is considered to be one of the best surviving examples of a Loyalist plantation remaining in the Caribbean. Whilst visiting this highly threatened habitat, you may also catch a glimpse of a number of birds and reptiles living within this tranquil and charming site.
This list really shows just how much fun there is to be had on these Islands and why they are regarded as one of the best holiday destinations in the world.