Located near the south of the infamous Bahamas, Turks and Caicos sit beautifully with some gorgeous coral reefs, golden beaches, and turquoise waters. There are almost 40 islands, but not all of them have people living in them. The locations deserve your time to explore their endless bays, crevasses, caverns, wildlife, marine life, and everything else that is equally beautiful. They fall under the British Overseas Territory and make up for one of the most luxurious island destinations in the world. Here are the top 15 things to do in your next Turks and Caicos vacation:
Visit the Grand Turk Lighthouse
Turks and Caicos- a place of islands, waves, and oceans need some lighthouse, right? And, true to its name- Grand Turk Lighthouse is indeed a grand one. You can find this in the northern part of the island. It has stood on the tip for several hundred years and is now known as the landmark of Turks and Caicos.
It is also historically significant for it was not manufactured here. The several pieces that build up the lighthouse were brought by a huge ship from Britain herself. February and March are best known as the whale seasons here. You can see one or two swimming near the shore.
Lead a good life at Grace Bay
There is a debate that goes on regarding the best Caribbean Beach. But, we do not know much other than the fact the Grace Bay has the full potential to be the most beautiful.
Grace Bay is big for a beach as it extends for almost 8 kilometers. The best part about this beach is that its sand almost looks like golden powder shimmering in the sun. Also, when the sunlight falls on the perfectly blue water, it glistens!
Did you know a dolphin of this region was declared a National Treasure? Yes, Meet JoJo who tends to look out for swimmers. If you are lucky, you might get to meet with this cute bottlenose mammal.
Take some snaps at Chalk Sound National Park
We cannot argue about the fact of how beautiful Turks and Caicos is. No matter where you look- the place is one of the most gorgeous destinations on this earth. Being the best of the Caribbean, it has some of the most splendid spots that will light up your Instagram game like none other. Come on, let us introduce you to Chalk Sound National Park.
Chalk Sound, in reality, is going to be one of the most alluring lagoons you have ever seen in your entire life. However, when you look at it from a distance, you will not fail to see the gorgeous shades of turquoise.
You Can find a lot of iguanas here moving around, and the water sparkles right in front of your eyes. Go kayaking amid the green rocks and blue waters!
Explore the crevasse at Bight Reef
While you are hanging around Grace Bay, there is a secret path that will lead you to the very beautiful Bight Reef. This region is filled with different exotic species of fishes as well as coral reefs. This is a great spot for snorkeling as those who visit Bight Reef go with the advent of doing that only. Also, there are a lot of mini caves where vibrant fishes stay. Do explore those if you want to see more of the aquatic inhabitants. Always opt for nice weather to go snorkeling on. Both amateurs and pros can go on an adventure here.
Relax at Sapodilla Bay
Okay, enough of the beach crowd- we are going to take you to somewhere secluded where you can lay down under the sun, get a tan, and relax for a while. Now, if you are into sun-bathing- this spot might be the very best for you. Welcome to Sapodilla Bay- the calm and quiet place for relaxation and enjoying the sun.
The water is shallow, so it is great for non-swimmers and children who can finally enjoy it here. There is a hill beside the bay. It is said that the hill leads the path to many treasures as the sailors have tended to engrave the treasure-paths on the walls of this hill.
Go snorkeling at Governor’s Beach
Turks and Caicos have no shortage of snorkeling scenes. However, if you are a beginner, and want something light to take the edge off, we suggest you head to Governor’s Beach to try out the snorkeling there. The beach is large along with a lot of people, so anyone can come to your aid if you are really in need of it. Also, it is near the sea-port too.
See some animals at Little Water Cay
Little Water Cay is one of the most gorgeous places in all of Turks and Caicos if you want to see some cute native wildlife. It is located a bit away from Providenciales, and is also nicknamed as Island of Iguanas.
Did you know that there was a time when we saw these little creatures all around the islands, but as people started to increase, and with them came their pets who took it upon themselves to drive the iguanas away. But, Little Water Cay is a piece of protected land for the iguanas. If you want to go to this island, you can go by kayaking!
Pet a stingray at Gibbs Cay
Gibbs Cay is another one of the very exotic Turks and Caicos locations where you get to meet a lot of marine life. Are you one of those who are interested in stingrays? Or, are you terribly scared of them? The thing is if you are one of the former, you can easily enjoy to your fullest in this part of Turks and Caicos, and if you are one of the latter- you will realize that there is nothing to fear about these little creatures.
In fact, you will find the stingrays of this location to be extremely friendly and calm. Some of them might even swim up to you, and you get to pat their heads! Located a bit away from Grand Turk, Gibbs Cay is quite a popular spot, and you can easily ride a boat to get there! There are also snorkeling options in the island, and the coral reefs of this part are truly gorgeous. You can even have a picnic there if you want.
Interact with the sea life at Smith’s Reef
Located in Coral Gardens, Smith’s Reef is one of the best locations to get in touch with some of the greatest coral reefs in Turks and Caicos. The place is gorgeous, filled with colorful fishes. You can even interact with them as they are not scared of humans, and will probably peep at you. The size of this coral reef is large that draws tourists more towards it.
Go hiking along Crossing Place Trail
Did you think Turks and Caicos was all about swimming? No, of course not- it is a haven for all adventurers like you who just want to get into action! If you have done too much swimming, and want to take a break from it for an hour or so, head over to the Crossing Place Trail.
Mind you, this is a National Trust Heritage site. What was once inhabited by slaves is now all about luxury. The hiking trails are gorgeous and might prove to be tough at times, but if you are a pro- you will rock at it! You will be going past a lot of caves, coves, and beaches. Be sure to explore it all you can as you never know which part might turn out to be a hidden treasure!
Explore Pine Cay
Have you ever wanted to go explore a private island? Well, on the to-do list of Turks and Caicos, we have such a thing in our hands. To make it more interesting, we will just inform you about the fact that it once used to be inhabited by nasty pirates. Worry not! Those days are long gone, and now it is just a majestic piece of nature.
It is close to Providenciales, and the main attraction happens to be the gorgeous white beach that goes undisturbed for almost 4 kilometers. Some say that it is even more beautiful than the great Grace Bay. There is another spot located quite close to this Pine Cay- Fort George Cay. It is said that the island is extremely picturesque along with some ruins from a British Fort that makes it even more interesting.
Enjoy Mudjin Harbour
Okay, enough of remote places- let us head over to a popular part where you are going to find a lot of people basking under the sun and enjoying the Turks and Caicos way of living. Let us take you to the very popular Mudjin Harbour.
This harbour is among the top five tourist attractions mainly for the reason that the space is massive and you can enjoy the beach and waves fully. Also, there are snorkelling options here at Mudjin Harbour. You can find a lot of limestone cliffs hanging around. Do remember to take a lot of pictures for this is one of the most popular locations. You even have access to Dragon Island which is located a bit away from Mudjin Harbour.
Discover Conch Bar Caves National Park
You might have heard rumors about how many underground cave systems there are in the Turks and Caicos. Not only for them, the Carribean Islands are all mysterious. If you look around for a while, you will get your hands on a lot of things that you thought never existed. Similarly, we will talk about some underground caves now. It is said that this is the biggest one of all the Caribbean Islands.
The caverns extend around for 24 kilometers, and, mind you, they are exclusively gorgeous. They even have lagoons attached with them. These were considered very religious and the native Lucayan Indians used these as ceremonial grounds. Even to this day, you can find a lot of petroglyphs engraved on the walls.
The land of water activities- Turks and Caicos offer the very best experience just for you. One of the very popular activities related to the amazing blue waters of the Islands of Turks and Caicos happens to be scuba-diving. Well, honestly, where the water shines like blue crystals from far away- any activity will blow your minds. Be it snorkeling, swimming, diving, or just sun-bathing- Turks and Caicos have some of the best options for you.
Let us tell you a bit about the diving game here. Grand Turk is one of the most premium locations for diving here in Turks and Caicos, but there are plenty of others too. However, we do urge you to try out diving in the mesmerizing Columbus Passageway for it is filled with sea creatures. Imagine diving beside the beautiful dolphins!
Make friends with the iguanas of Salt Cay
Let us make our way to this last beauty that also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many people skip out on this one, but the ones who check this out are the true winners.
You might have not read about it but there was a time when the economy of Turks and Caicos heavily depended on the salt industry. And, Salt Cay was the location that came up with the maximum quantity of salt. You can find the exclusive version of Salt Cay now for there are a very few humans who have still chosen to stay here. But, the things you will find here in plenty are wild cattles and iguanas roaming around.
Do check out the Balfour Town while you are here for it is one of the quaint little towns within the Salt Cay with some pieces of history still attached to it.
We bid goodbye for the moment, but Turks and Caicos still has a bot of beauty to offer to you. Stay hooked on this dreamy location and make the best out of your vacation.