Tips on What To Do in Turks & Caicos
According to many, Turks & Caicos' ivory-colored beaches are some of the best in the world, and the surrounding coral reefs are any diver's dream. The islands also offer a natural wonderland and a rich heritage, both of which are worth exploring.
As far as sandy strips go, the Turks & Caicos Islands have 230 miles to explore. Long Bay in the southeast is also well-liked; be sure to take your children to these calm waters. Grand Turk's Governor's Beach and Pillory Beach are also popular areas for diving. Those who like to snorkel should head to the tiny Salt Cay. All the islands' beaches — even those that are privately owned — are required to allow public access.
Sports & Leisure
The islands are surrounded by the third most expansive reef system in the world, which makes this destination popular among divers. There are also plenty of opportunities to interact with marine life, from whale watching to playing with dolphins.
Numerous natural sites also await exploration. The Middle Caicos Caves, on the island of the same name, are the largest above-ground limestone caves found on Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas archipelago nearby. Visitors come to Provo's "Hole" to be lowered nearly 80 feet down a naturally formed limestone tunnel to the waters of Long Bay below.
Grand Turk features the highest concentration of historic and cultural sites. Whether you prefer exploring the remains of Grand Turk's Old Prison, enjoying the views from the Grand Turk Lighthouse or moseying through the Turks & Caicos National Museum — which features artifacts from the islands' days as a pirate haven — there are plenty of ways to discover Turks & Caicos' rich history.
If you're looking for a swingin' nightlife scene, you'll have better luck at a more populated Caribbean destination like Aruba. Turks & Caicos are extremely laid-back, and most visitors are drawn to the relaxing atmosphere. But that doesn't mean everyone is in bed by 10 p.m. Provo is home to several bars and clubs, and often hosts nighttime beach gatherings or bonfires.