Do stuff with the kids
If you’re coming with the family, read this blog on – things to do for kids in Turks and Caicos – first, some handy tips on what kids like to do and how they can enjoy the island paradise as much as you. p.s. if you have younger kids, read this oh… and pickup this book for them when you get on the island.
Provo Ponies is a small riding stable 10 minutes drive away from Grace Bay. Horses LOVE the water!
We do two rides a day. 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. All our rides take you down roads through trails to Long Bay Beach where you will be able to ride your horse into the shallow waters off the Caicos Banks. Upon arrival you will sign liability forms, be briefed on safety and given a quick lesson on your horse. Once all riders in the group are up on their horses and tack is adjusted, you will head down the road and through a windy path to beautiful Long Bay Beach.
See them in Salt Cay (or Grand Turk) from mid January to the end of February – nothing is more spectacular than seeing these gentle giants breech an arm’s reach from your boat. In-water whale encounters are possible too.
Play on the world’s best beach
Grace Bay beach is known for it’s brilliant turquoise hues and it’s pristine white sand. In rankings, whether it be Tripadvisor, The Travel Channel, Conde Nast Traveler, or Fodors Travel Guides, it always takes the #1 or #2 spot as the Most Beautiful Beach in the World. Watch a video of Grace Bay beach, but it is important to note that there are other splendid and spectacular beaches on Providenciales aka Provo that are definitely worthy of notice.
Island Hopping Packages
Consider staying at two islands instead of one on your Turks & Caicos vacation. We’ve done all the thinking for you and assembled the best itineraries and options for you to consider with the best activities in Turks and Caicos.
Explore beyond the beaches of Providenciales, commonly known as “Provo”, on this 3-hour tour with a local guide. Start you tour with a pickup from your Providenciales hotel and board your air-conditioned coach for your island sightseeing tour. As you drive, pass gorgeous beaches, glossy marinas and luxury villa estates; stop to take photos of the island’s beauty spots, and hear illuminating facts about Provo’s history and geography from your expert guide.
This well known and hugely popular tour operator have 5 power cats, all fully shaded, 3 of the larger ones with bathroom facilities, easy ladders to climb, large floor space and great for little ones. They have all the snorkel gear with snorkel and lifesaver vests provided complimentary.
Much different than the main tourist island of Providenciales, you’ll experience how remote, wild, friendly, quiet, tranquil and scenic these two other islands are in contrast to Provo, plus, it’s quite easy to get to and get around.
Put on your island dancing shoes at Fish Fry
That’s right, enjoy our ‘Fish Fry’ on a Thursday evening – a fun weekly event attended by locals and visitors alike where you’ll enjoy hearing local music, eat local food, buy local crafts.
Grab a drink, enjoy the ambiance
You’re on vacation. Time to hit the nightlife – Caribbean style. Ocean-front views, stunning sunsets, tiki torches, Caribbean-inspired tapas and fruity cocktails await on your night of fun and slightly drunken revelry. Check out the Top 5 Places to Grab a Drink
Stock up at the grocery store
Pick up some essentials when you’re here (don’t forget the rum, wine and beer!); you can grab stuff at SMART Grocery store downtown by the airport, or IGA (large, main grocery store on Leeward Highway) or Graceway Gourmet in Grace Bay close to the resorts. p.s. at Graceway Gourmet, you can get a really nice and affordable local style lunch, there’s a good salad/soup bar, deli and cafe. More info on grocery shopping in Turks and Caicos.
Pure Adventure. Pure Excitement. 100% Natural!
Get out with the best – Big Blue Unlimited offers amazing small group aquatic and island eco adventures. This watersports and ecotour outfit is the most comprehensive in the Turks and Caicos. For almost 20 years they have pioneered, innovated, explored and educated. Leading the way, using the best mode of transport while specializing in stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, private boat charters, biking and cultural eco tours across these mind blowing stunning islands.
Things to do for the Ultimate Honeymoon or Anniversary
Grace Bay Beach one of the most romantic places in the world. These islands have developed a quiet reputation as an intimate place to plan a truly memorable Turks and Caicos honeymoon or anniversary.
Grace Bay Beach is officially the world’s top beach. The powdery white sand, combined with the impossibly clear water and turquoise sky makes Grace Bay Beach one of the most romantic places in the world. The Turks and Caicos has developed a quiet reputation as an intimate place to plan a truly memorable anniversary or honeymoon.
Buy a day pass for the All Inclusive Beaches Resort
Beaches Resort Villages & Spa is our largest resort and a great place for family fun. It’s an all-inclusive resort, meaning one price includes room, food, drinks and activities. Even if you aren’t staying here you can buy a day pass and enjoy the amenities and attractions – including Sesame Street characters on parade, a giant water park, kids activities and shows, and several restaurants and bars – all for a single entry price.
Go beach hunting
Grace Bay is known for it’s brilliant turquoise hues and it’s pristine white sand. In rankings, whether it be Tripadvisor, The Travel Channel or Frommer’s Travel Guides, it always takes the #1 or #2 spot as the Most Beautiful Beach in the World. But! there are other splendid and spectacular beaches on Provo that are definitely worthy of notice. Rent a car and go check them out.
Cruise on a luxury yacht
Treat yourself to a day of luxury on the open seas aboard the 60-foot luxury yacht with all the fixins. Full and half day cruises feature the hospitality of a well trained crew, including special rum drinks and delicious fresh seafood. Let their crew help you explore undiscovered islands and beaches, or even get some scuba diving in, or just relax in ultimate comfort http://www.edenyachtcharters.com
Hop about the good ship Atabeyra for an unforgettable Friday night sunset cruises. Sip rum punch, listen to Caribbean tunes and watch for the famous Green Flash as the sun sets. Charter a boat for your whole group, or join the Friday scheduled cruise and make some new friends
Catch the Big One
Catch the big one with a the crew at Discovery Tours. The waters of the Turks & Caicos are ideal whether you’re interested in deep sea fishing, bonefishing, fly fishing, bottom fishing, or even night fishing http://discoverytourstci.com
Your vacation will only last a week or so, but the pictures will last forever. Have a professionally photographed family portrait done on the beach. Or do that swimsuit modeling you’ve always dreamed of. Island photographers can even arrange for a day long private charter to remote locations for a once in a lifetime experience.
Book a private beach excursion to remote cay
Ever dream of a romantic getaway on your own private island? Live the dream, at least for a day, and charter a boat – power or sail – to whisk you to one of TCI’s remote cays for an undisturbed day of relaxation and solitude. Most operators will include everything you need, including a picnic lunch http://caribbeancruisin.tc
Stay in shape Island Style
If keeping fit sounds like a lot of work when you’re supposed to be on vacation, why not try beach yoga (included complimentary when you stay at Parrot Cay Resort)? Core fusion and beach yoga classes are offered through Gansevoort Turks and Caicos. Hit the gym with locals and expats at Wrightfully Fit – make healthy restaurant choices – or read this blog if you’re a health nut!
Look for the submerged cannons by Fort George Cay
The tiny island of Fort George cay, between Pine Cay and Parrot Cay, once had a small British fort in the 1800’s. Because of the high rate of piracy in the area, it was protected by cannons, the remains of which can be found in shallow water just off the north side of the island.
With our Canadian certified wakeboard and waterski instructors we take you out on the water with the best boats and equipment for both beginners and experts. Tubing is also available on request.
We also offer 1-on-1 behind the boat instruction with one of our coaches for an extra fee. We are the only outfit in the Turks & Caicos (and perhaps the world) offering this kind of unique and personalized training.
Have a drink at the Infiniti Bar
Grace Bay Club has an amazing setting to begin with, but add in the Infiniti bar that seems to stretch forever, and you’ll never want to leave. Enjoy the fire pits, hanging lanterns, occassional live music, and friendly bartenders too.
Take a trip to the protected home of our rock iguanas on Little Water Cay. Enjoy the informative tour along the boardwalk by a National Trust Guide to see these famous and rare Iguanas in their natural habitat.
Enjoy the island’s best Mojito at Amanyara
First of all, Amanyara is like no the place you’ve been to. An exclusive resort located in the isolated northwest part of the island, its peaceful Zen-like atmosphere attracts the rich and famous. And the service and food reflects that – including the winner of the Best Mojito contest several time at the annual island Conch Festival. This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, but man, could a person relax here. Call in advance for reservations, even if you’re just going for a drink.
Read about the shipwreck Trouvadore
The slave trader Trouvadore hit the reef by East Caicos in 1841 and all of its survivors – slaves being delivered to Cuba – made their way to the island of Middle Caicos where they settled in the village they called Bambarra. They were granted freedom as soon as the touched land since slavery had been abolished years earlier in the UK colony. Many present day Turks Islanders trace their roots back to the survivors of this shipwreck. For more information, go to www.slaveshiptrouvadore.com
Catch the big game at Danny Buoy’s
Regardless of your team, Danny Buoy’s can probably get the big game on one of its big screen TVs. With satellite feeds from North America and Europe, DB’s is the fan favorite for sports enthusiasts from both sides of the pond, regardless of what sport you enjoy. The authentic Irish pub serves a mean bangers & mash and Guinness, too. www.dannybuoys.com
Take a Snuba adventure
That’s right – snuba, not scuba. A kid-friendly way to explore the underseas without having to get certified to scuba dive. Ages 8 and up. Great for adults, too, who want to see the world beneath our pristine waters. www.snubaturksandcaicos.com
Enjoy a beach BBQ and bonfire
You’re on an island… why not enjoy an authentic beach BBQ party? Local caterers and event planners can take care of all the details, right down to building a blazing bonfire and arranging for a live band. Sometimes they put on group/public sessions as well, so you just have to buy tickets and enjoy the evening hassle free. Legendary full moon parties are put on by Kissing Fish Catering! www.turksandcaicoscatering.com Somerset on Grace Bay also has one on weekly during the winter season.
Go Scuba Diving
Many visitors visit our islands just to experience our world class scuba diving. It’s no surprise – the top scuba diving magazines and experts annually rank our water and reefs as among the best anywhere on the planet! Amazing diving is available off Providenciales, Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay. Arrange a resort ‘try dive’ or consider getting certified when you’re here.
Get Married on a private beach
What better place to tie the knot than our island paradise? We can accommodate just about any size or style of wedding you want, from wedding on the beach or on the ocean, to traditional church affairs. And you’ll already be on your honeymoon by the time you say “I Do.”
Sip a Bambarra Rum
Turks & Caicos’ only blended rum. Try the 8-year old reserve on the rocks. A smooth sipper, with a link to a part of the islands’ history. Available at most bars and restaurants or The Wine Cellar on Leeward Highway.
Have a drink at the oldest bar in Provo
The oldest settlement in Providenciales is a quaint seaside area that meanders for a few miles on the northwest side of the islands – called – Blue Hills. Watch the local sloops skip across the waves and end up at Three Queen’s, Provo’s oldest bar. Ask for Dick. When in the area, visit other nearby local restaurants like Da Conch Shack and Kalooki’s.
Visit the National Environmental Center
A fun and informative way to learn about the indigenous wildlife and environment of the Turks and Caicos. Located in the Lower Bight area, just across from the children’s park, the NEC has some interesting exhibits and events, as well as helpful staff who can answer your questions about just about anything related to the environment or the national park system in TCI. Admission is free and it’s open from 8AM to 4:30PM daily.
Kayak eco-tours where guests can sign-up as part of a small group or elect to do the eco-tour privately. The following eco-tours offers some examples of these exciting kayak adventures but do not hesitate to contact us to discuss further ideas and customize your ideal kayak experience in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Shop til you drop
The Salt Mills Plaza, Ports of Call Plaza, and The Regent Village are located in the heart of the downtown Grace Bay area. Browse a wide range of boutique shops, galleries, restaurants and other places to strain your credit limit. A couple of our favorites are Fashion Cay for the latest fashions, Anna’s Art Gallery for handmade sea glass jewelry and original artwork, and Jai’s www.jais.tc for duty free fine jewelry, watches and accessories. This Shopping Grace Bay Youtube video will give you a good idea of what to expect.
Catch the elusive bonefish
The mighty bonefish – pound for pound the strongest in the seas and a ball of fun to test your fly fishing skills. Explore the miles of shallow flats on the south side of our island chains http://discoverytourstci.com
Catch dinner and a show at Club Med
Club Med is famous for its exotic shows and performers, thrilling its guests with circus-like acts. And it’s always a great party there. Even if you aren’t staying there, buy a night pass and enjoy their scrumptious European-inspired dinner buffet, and stick around for the show.
The Underseas Explorer is a semi-submarine that lets you see the reefs without getting wet. Tours leave from Turtle Cove Marina. This is a fav for the kids as they compete on who could spot the most sea turtles. Look out for Bella the live Mermaid that makes the occasional appearance underwater! www.caicostours.com
Island Vibes Tour’s (half day tour)
Stocked with drinks, snacks, and all the rum punch you could ever ask for. We cruise up Grace Bay Beach to the third largest reef on the planet for world class snorkeling. Then it’s on to the conching grounds where the first mate dives in for a few fresh conchs. Finally, we’ll explore serene and uninhabited islands and find the perfect spot for lunch. Only $89 Per Person. Kids under 3 years of age are free, ages 3-10 half price!
Get a spa treatment on the beach
Try the mobile massage from Spa Tropique for a full service treatment anywhere you like, including go on the beach or in your hotel room. They come to you! www.spatropique.com
Water ski and wake board with the best
Nautique Sports is a full service operator supplier of water sports equipment. They have the coolest ski boats and the latest gear to get you on the water in no time. Full certified instruction for beginners to experts available. Tube rides and towables, too! www.nautiquesports.com
Tee it up at Provo Golf Club
A challenging but fun 18-hole track that has hosted the Championship tournaments several times. Always in great shape and a superb club house to enjoy the 19th hole. Full pro shop, lessons and rentals available www.provogolfclub.com
Turks & Caicos Restaurant Guide
There is no shortage of culinary delights in Turks and Caicos and each restaurant offers its own attractive ambiance, distinctive flair, and impressive menu of tempting, rich and flavourful dishes. Click here to check our ultimate restaurant guide.
Learn a little island history at the TCI National Museum
Located on Grand Turk, the museum offers a surprisingly large and interesting collection of artifacts and insights into the history of the islands. Look at the remains of one Columbus’ original ships, wrecked on Molasses Reef off West Caicos. Exhibits from the ancient Lucayan Indian inhabitants, the Bermudian Salt farming era, through to John Glenn’s splashdown in 1962. www.tcmuseum.org
Enjoy some cool tunes by the beach at Hemingway’s
One of Provo’s most popular seaside bar and restaurants offers cool vibes and occasional live entertainment – couples can chill with a margarita, or kids can grab a milkshake, and take in the views of Grace Bay beach right in front of you.
Pay for your vacation by hitting it big at Casablanca Casino
A full gaming parlor featuring black jack, roulette, craps, slots and even poker tournaments, Casablanca Casino — and sometimes profitable– place to hang out. Free shuttle from most hotels www.thecasablancacasino.com
Experience a Pirate adventure
The buccaneers at Outback Adventures have been touring the hidden caves and looking for pirate’s treasure for 20 years. Join the fun on a 40-foot glass bottom boat that tours the secluded south side of Provo. Full day adventure includes BBQ lunch, snorkeling and unlimited drinks. Great for the whole family https://www.facebook.com/oceanoutbackadventures/