Things To Do In Turks And Caicos For Every Kind Of Traveler
How often do you come across a things to do guide that accommodates every traveler type? Unfortunately, not too often.
That won’t be a problem here though! No matter your vibe or adventurous inclinations, we have great places to see and things to do in Turks and Caicos! In this guide, we provide personalized recommendations for all traveler types that are sure to make your visit to Turks and Caicos one that you’ll never forget.
Who knows? You may even discover something brand new to love during your stay at this Caribbean paradise.
For The Adventurer – SCUBA Diving & Snorkeling
Upon your arrival at Turks and Caicos, the first of many things that’ll take your breath away are the crystal clear waters surrounding the islands. In fact, on especially clear days you can see as far as 200 feet underwater! That clarity combined with abundant aquatic life and beautiful coral reefs makes Turks and Caicos a diver’s paradise!
A major contributing factor to the lively waters around Providenciales (Provo for short) is the Princess Alexandra National Park and Nature Reserve, in which no commercial or sport fishing is allowed. There’s so much marine life to see here, that there’s barely enough room for the water! Some noteworthy sea critters that frequent this area are Hawksbill Turtles, Bottlenose Dolphins, Spotted Eagle Rays, and Caribbean Reef Sharks.
The best way to truly immerse oneself in this oceanic oasis is undoubtedly with a SCUBA tank strapped to your back. You can learn to dive and book a dive excursion or two by contacting one of the many dive shops in Turks and Caicos.
If SCUBA isn’t your thing, you can still join in on the fun by taking a snorkeling cruise. With just a mask, snorkel and fins you’ll still be able to access and enjoy the same clear waters as the divers!
For The Adrenaline Junkie – Kiteboarding
Should your interests lean more towards the faster, more heart-pounding activities, Turks and Caicos has you covered with its amazing kiteboarding and parasailing opportunities.
Kiteboarding is especially popular in Provo due to the island’s shallow and calm waters. On many of the island’s beaches you can stand in the water a long way out, and there are typically no strong currents or sharp rocks along the sandy bottoms. Those new to kiteboarding can learn with peace-of-mind knowing it’s safe and easy to recover from a fall in the waters here, and experienced kite-boarders will enjoy the buttery-smooth rides in the warm conditions.
For more information on learning this sport or picking up some equipment, check out our Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding page.
For The Historian – Museums & Protected Sites
History buffs will have far more things to do than scour the beaches for buried pirate treasure on a visit to Turks and Caicos. There are several fascinating protected historic sites scattered across the islands as well as a couple museums. Two must-visit spots are Sapodilla Bay Hill and the Cheshire Hall Plantation.
Starting with Sapodilla Bay Hill, the main attractions of this site are the centuries-old rock carvings left by sailors shipwrecked on the island. Among the rock inscriptions are names, dates, symbols, and drawings of ships and buildings. Those, combined with the beautiful views at the top of the hill make this a site to remember for your own personal history book.
As for Cheshire Hall, this cotton plantation built in the late 1700s offers a glimpse back into the Loyalist historical period on the Caicos island. Although development on Provo overtook some areas, you can still see several historic buildings such as the great house, slave quarters, kitchen, and cotton press bases. Tours are available during weekdays with a $10 admission fee for adults and children over three years old.
For The Connoisseur – Spas & Wellness
Although you’ll certainly feel relaxed just lounging in a Villa Esencia vacation rental, those seeking a little extra peace and pampering will find no shortage in Turks and Caicos. The islands feature a wide selection of luxurious spas.
Easing into the spa offerings first, Turks and Caicos hosts refreshing spas and wellness centers at every resort. There you can make single-treatment appointments, or reserve special packages that include add-ons such as yoga and pilates classes.
However, there’s an exciting alternative to the resort spas. Remember how we said you’ll feel relaxed just staying in your vacation rental? Well, you can achieve complete and total relaxation by utilizing one of the Turks and Caicos mobile spa and massage packages. That’s right, you don’t even need to leave your home-away-from-home to get a world-class massage. Now that’s what we call service!
For Everyone – Beaches, Excursions, and Festivals
Finally, we’re going share a few things that we feel everyone should check out during their stay in Turks and Caicos:
- Grace Bay Beach – On more than one occasion, this beach has been voted both best in the Caribbean and in the whole world. It’s long stretch of sandy coast and gemstone-vibrant waters will make you why. Be sure to take a stroll, a swim, or just lounge on the sand at least once during your stay.
- Boat Excursions – At some point on your vacation, it’s essential to hop aboard one of the many boat excursions available across the islands. You can charter a fishing boat, hop to different islands, or catch a golden sunset from the water.
- Local Festivals – There are three festivals and events to look out for: Fish Fry, the Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, and the Conch Festival. Fish Fry is a weekly Thursday night even where you can enjoy great seafood, live music, and local art displays. The Food & Wine Festival takes place in early November, and it features the best of local fine dining and wines over the course of several days. Finally, The Conch Festival in late November brings together all the local restaurants together in a competition of who can craft the best conch dish. Try to catch at least one of these exciting events while visiting the islands.
That’s it for our guide on things to do in Turks and Caicos for every kind of traveler. The last thing we’ll say is that when you visit, you’ll want to stay in the best locations available. And there’s no better option than booking one of our luxurious Villa Esencia vacation homes. Head to our Accommodations page to learn more and reserve your ideal home-away-from-home!