January 31, 2020

Guide to Turks and Caicos


Ken Ueda


Providenciales offers an abundance of exhilarating and enjoyable activities, all centered around its stunning marine environment. Given the breathtaking allure of the Turks and Caicos' coastal waters, it's no wonder that aquatic adventures take center stage here.

While the options are plenty, here are some of our personal favorites. However, don't forget to explore additional recommendations in our guides to Things to Do on Providenciales and Things to Do in the Turks and Caicos for even more inspiration on sights, attractions, and activities.

Renowned as a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, the Turks and Caicos beckon with a plethora of thrilling activities. From snorkeling and kayaking to paddleboarding and clear kayaking, the options are endless. Embrace the freedom of freediving, indulge in fishing excursions, or experience the adrenaline rush of kiteboarding, sailing, wakeboarding, and beyond!

For those seeking convenience, our itinerary guides offer curated suggestions, ensuring you make the most of your time in the Turks and Caicos without the need for extensive research.

1. Linger at Grace Bay Beach. Turks and Caicos boasts an abundance of stunning beaches, yet one stands out among the rest: Grace Bay Beach, acclaimed as the world's best beach in 2022. Renowned for its pristine beauty, here you can luxuriate on the soft sand, immerse yourself in the crystal-clear turquoise waters, and bask in the warm embrace of the sun

  1. Eat conch. Turks and Caicos boasts a rich conch population, and many dining establishments offer freshly harvested conch. Whether enjoyed as fritters, salad, ceviche, straight from the beach, or fried, indulging in this island delicacy is a must for every visitor. A favorite local spot is the Da Conch Shack. Some other spots to check out are  Mr. Groupers, Froggie’s, and Bugaloos.
  2. Explore one of the world’s largest barrier reefs. Turks and Caicos proudly houses the third-largest barrier reef, spanning approximately 340 miles in total, an attraction that both Hall and Whitt highly recommend. "It offers some of the most exceptional snorkeling and diving opportunities, featuring a vibrant ecosystem teeming with colorful fish, intricate coral formations, and the possibility of encountering sea turtles and dolphins.
  3. Go on a horseback ride. An unforgettable experience in Turks and Caicos: booking a tour with Provo Ponies. This company provides guided horseback rides along the picturesque beaches of Providenciales. Guests can leisurely traverse the shoreline, soaking in breathtaking views of the turquoise waters and pristine white-sand beaches.
  4. Have a cocktail at sunset. As the sun starts its descent, make your way to a beachfront bar or restaurant for a cooling cocktail or a locally brewed cold beer. Numerous establishments provide scenic sunset vistas, live music, and a lively ambiance. And if you're fortunate, you might catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing orange-hued sky and witness the elusive green flash. This rare and stunning phenomenon arises when sunlight refracts through the atmosphere, creating distinct frequencies of light.

Ken Ueda

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