Things to do Turks and Caicos

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The Caicos and Turks Islands are a tropical jewel in the crown of the Lucayan Archipelago, draped across the Atlantic Ocean and northern West Indies. A popular hideaway for celebrities, nature lovers and the international jet set, these islands are home to a wide array of attractions, from elegant dining and indulgent spas to idyllic beaches, watersports, and some of the world's best dive sites.

To plan your very own desert island getaway, check out our top picks for things to do in Turks and Caicos. And remember to book your flights and accommodation with Trip.com…

1. Swim with Sea Turtles on Bight Reef

Bight Reef is a snorkeling hot spot that's not to be missed.

Located just offshore of Grace Bay in Providenciales, Bight Reef is a superb place for snorkeling. The outer section of the reef is home to a vibrant array of colorful fish, and the corals are a common hangout spot for various kinds of sea turtles. Ranging from 3 to 16 feet in depth, the reef is suitable for all abilities and levels of confidence. To help preserve the reef, don't touch the corals, and don't leave any trash. To avoid polluting the water, it's better to cover up with clothing than wear oily sunscreen. If you're ready to take the plunge and try scuba diving, head over to SNUBA Turks and Caicos, located on Penn's Rd., less than 400 feet (115 m) from Bight Beach.

Location: Lower Bight Road, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

What to do: Snorkel or dive the reef with green and hawksbill turtles

Where to stay: Shalaw Private Villas and Hotel

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2. Catch Some Rays at Taylor Bay Beach

The secluded and truly special Taylor Beach.

Located on the southwest coast of Provo, just 2.5 miles from Five Cays, this enormous white sandy crescent is a beautiful place for paddling, swimming or simply enjoying the view. With calm, shallow waters and clean powdery sand, the kids can also run wild and free. Due to its isolated location, facilities are a bit limited, but this is a great spot if you're looking for some peace and seclusion.

Location: Taylor Bay Beach, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands

What to do: Stroll around or paddle across this scenic and secluded cove

Where to stay: Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos

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3. Visit the Turks & Caicos National Museum

Perched in an awesome location overlooking the coastline, this humble cottage has been described as 'the best little museum in the Caribbean.' Here you can uncover the unique culture and history of the Turks and Caicos, explore a variety of exhibits about the region's natural wonders, and engage with a series of immersive exhibits and presentations.

Location: Front Street, Guinep House, Grand Turk Island

What to do: Call home from the working British red phone box

Where to stay: Turks Head Inne

4. Visit the Grand Turk Lighthouse

The old Grand Turk Lighthouse is a must.

Built in 1852, Grand Turk's most famous landmark is steeped in history, dating back to the golden age of trade and exploration that made these islands a vital outpost in the British Empire. Although the tower itself has been locked up, for a small admission fee ($3) you can roam freely around the grounds and enjoy some amazing ocean views in this iconic location. There's a cute little snack and gift shop in the old lightkeeper's house, and a scenic coastal path leading out over impressive limestone cliffs that border the shore.

Location: Lighthouse Rd, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk

What to do: Take a walk along the clifftops for some incredible ocean views

Where to stay: Osprey Beach Hotel

5. Tee Off at the Provo Golf Club

The Provo Golf Club is frequently voted one of the Caribbean's best.

Located on Providenciales, this elegant 18-hole championship-level golf course has twice been voted in the Top 5 Best Caribbean Golf Courses, according to readers of USA Today. Its greens recently got a makeover, with Platinum Paspalum grass installed as standard, while facilities include a full-service pro shop, practice warm-up net, chipping and putting areas, and bag-storage. Take a swing on the flood-lit tennis courts, or tuck in to the Fairways Bar and Grill – this club has tropical island golf down to a tee.

Location: Grace Bay Road, Providenciales TKCA 1ZZ

What to do: Tee off next to a lake that's home to a wild flamingo population

Where to stay: Hotel La Vista Azul

6. Castaway on Long Cay

Just a short boat ride from Cockburn Harbor on South Caicos, Long Cay is an uninhabited island that stretches 3 miles long and is only 100 feet (30m) across at its widest point. The island's eastern shore consists of crumbling white cliffs and bluffs, while the more sheltered western edge has some idyllic little beaches, tucked away between low cliffs. With only the wildlife for company, this is your own personal desert island getaway.

Location: Long Cay Island, near South Caicos

What to do: Walk from shore to shore, sunbathe on the beach and explore the shallows

Where to stay: The Lodgings Hotel SureStay Collection by Best Western

7. Take Off at the Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding School

With professional instructors, top-of-the-range equipment and one of the islands' most amazing beaches at their disposal, TCK Kiting are well worth a visit if you're in the Turks & Caicos islands. White sandy beaches and warm, tropical waters are your launchpad for some aerobatic fun in the sun. Want to continue your adventure underwater? Put on a wetsuit and set off in search of ocean wonders with Seafari International Turks & Caicos.

Location: Long Bay beach, Long Bay Hills TKCA 1ZZ, Providenciales

What to do: Take a kiteboarding class on a beautiful tropical beach

Where to stay: Sunset Ridge Hotel

8. Set Sail with Grand Slam Fishing Charters

Grand Slam Fishing Charters are a great way to explore the tropical waters of the Turks and Caicos, from turquoise shallows and colorful coral reefs to the endless blue of the deep open ocean. You can combine fishing excursions with snorkeling trips, for up close and personal encounters with blue marlin, yellowfin and skipjack tuna, monster wahoo and barracuda, all just 20 minutes from the shore! With 3 dedicated vessels and a highly skilled crew, these charters are a voyage into the wild blue yonder that's not to be missed.

Location: Grand Slam Charters Ltd., Turtle Cove Marina, Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Islands

What to do: Experience the thrill of big game fishing

Where to stay: Ocean Club Resort

9. Explore the Caicos Conch Farm

Explore the world's only conch farm on Providenciales (source: James Wainscoat / Unsplash)

Providenciales is home to the world's one and only conch farm, where these ornate and unique natural wonders are farmed and harvested from the surrounding ocean. You'll discover conch shells of all shapes and sizes, explore the hatchery, and visit the algae vats that supply food for the giant snails that make the conch their home. Surrounded by tropical coral seas, the farm is a tranquil and fascinating place to visit. The site was damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017, and the lasting damage to its facilities serves as a reminder of the power of the sea.

Location: Leeward Hwy, TKCA 1ZZ, Providenciales

What to do: Meet Sally and Jerry, the resident conch couple, available for hands-on show and tell.

Where to stay: Amanyara

10. Set Off on an Exotic Ocean Cruise from Grand Turk

The Grand Turk Cruise Center is a hub for entertainment and exploration on the Turks & Caicos. Nestled within 18 acres of landscapes grounds, the area is home to white sandy beaches, enormous swimming pools, restaurants, boutiques, jewellers, artificial surf machines, bars and seafood grills. Nearby Governor's Beach is a nice place for a walk before you embark – the sandbank here is the final resting place of a rusted shipwreck. Whether setting sail or staying put, you'll enjoy a voyage of discovery in this vibrant and varied location on Grand Turk.

Location: Market St, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Grand Turk

What to do: Tuck into a delicious seafood BBQ at one of the Center's many bar & grills

Where to stay: Bohio Dive Resort

If you're looking for sports, spas, beaches, BBQs or historical sites, the Turks and Caicos Islands have plenty to offer. With accommodation to suit most budgets and enough attractions to fill up an archipelago twice its size, these islands are well worth a visit. Make your stay on the Turks and Caicos even more special, with a booking at one of our recommended hotels:

The Shore Club Turks & Caicos

Windsong on the Reef

Ports of Call Resort

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FAQs About Top 10 Things to do in Turks and Caicos

  • What is Turks and Caicos known for?

    The Turks & Caicos islands are the ultimate dive destination for snorkelers and scuba enthusiasts looking for clear ocean and thriving marine life. Expect to see anything, from colorful coral of varying types, to tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, and more.

  • What language is spoke in Turks and Caicos?

    As a British Overseas Territory, English is the main language spoken, but the local population also speaks Turks and Caicos Islands Creole, which is similar to other tongues in the Bahamas. Due to its proximity to Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Spanish-speaking communities have also sprung up here.

  • Do you need a car in the Turks and Caicos?

    The best way to get around Turks & Caicos is either by car or taxi. There is no public transportation on the islands, and as the attractions, restaurants and hotels are spread out, walking is not an option. You can rent a car at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) on Provo.

  • Do you need a passport to enter Turks and Caicos?

    A valid passport is required for entry and exit. Visit the website of the Turks and Caicos Immigration Department for the most current visa information. The nearest emergency U.S. passport facility is located in Nassau, The Bahamas.

  • Is it expensive to visit Turks & Caicos?

    A typical vacation to the Turks and Caicos Islands for one week usually costs around $1,835 per person. So, a trip to Turks and Caicos Islands for two people costs on average around $3,671 per week.

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