Turks & Caicos is the perfect Caribbean getaway for travelers who love a good mix of adventure and luxury. With everything from pristine turquoise beaches to beautiful coral and luxe resorts, the island remains a popular destination for all. Whether you’re a beach-dweller or animal-lover, you will find something that draws you to this destination.
When heading to Turks & Caicos, don’t miss these five must-do experiences while you’re there.
Go Scuba Diving
You can’t miss the stunning coral reefs and the world’s best diving in the Turks’ clear waters. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking walls, wrecks or colorful fish, scuba diving in the Turks & Caicos is both accessible and impressive. Some of the best dives can be found at Grace Bay, North West Point, West Caicos and Salt Cay. With abundant marine life, you’re nearly guaranteed a thrill on every dive. Expect to see Caribbean reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, eels, grouper, horse-eyed jacks and a variety of tropical fish. You can often see humpback whales from January through March!
Relax at Grace Bay Beach
One step onto Grace Bay Beach and you’ll quickly understand why it is frequently ranked the best beach in the world. The white sand and vibrant turquoise waters are out of this world. Stay at Beaches Turks & Caicos, located on the best stretch of this beach and lapped by its turquoise waters. At this luxury all-inclusive resort, guests can experience unlimited scuba diving, water sports, diverse dining options and more.
Swim with the Horses
Want to horseback ride into the sunset? In Turks & Caicos, travelers can horseback ride along the picturesque beaches. The horses are known to take a stroll in the water, so prepare to swim with them for the ultimate Instagram-worthy experience. Book a tour with Chukka’s Horseback Ride ’N’ Swim for two hours of adventure — no riding experience necessary!
Explore Iguana Island
Found close off the northeast of Providenciales, Little Water Cay (also known as Iguana Island) is home to the few remaining Rock Iguanas that used to cover most of the islands in the Turks and Caicos. A day trip to Little Water Cay means stepping onto one of the only places in the world where you can see this rare species of iguana in their natural habitat. This is something that families, eco-tourist, and just the average person will find interesting. Total trip (if visiting the island only) is about 2-3 hours round trip.
Visit Caicos Conch Farm
Turks & Caicos is home to the world’s first and only commercial conch farm. On the farm, Caribbean Queen conchs are raised from veliger to adult. Travelers get to watch how the process is done, enjoy a show with the two trained and very friendly conchs, see conch pearls and even purchase fresh conch for a fabulous conch salad. On a drive through Blue Hills with Island Routes Caribbean Adventures’ Conch Farm tour, you’ll visit one of the island’s oldest settlements and see firsthand authentic village life. Then visit the first and only Conch Farm to see where Caribbean Queen Conch are raised. You can even view the nurseries to learn about the life cycle of this important Turks & Caicos’ dietary staple.
By Lindsay Stein
Lindsay Stein is a New York PR girl who has a passion to explore the world. While traveling to 20 countries (and counting), she created Blog-NomNom.com, a blog about her love for food, travel and culture. In her spare time, you’ll find Lindsay dreaming up her next big adventure, practicing yoga or discovering a new hidden-gem restaurant. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @lindsaypaigestein and @nomnomblog.