The Turks & Caicos Islands are an incredible tropical vacation destination, and there’s a tremendous selection of things to do for all ages. With some of the nicest beaches and water in the world, it’s no surprise that most activities involve the ocean. There are exquisite reefs for diving and snorkeling, extensive marine wetlands that are perfect for kayaking and bird watching, and incredible coastal environments. There’s a ton of boat tours and excursions to choose from as well, which visit secluded beaches, uninhabited cays, snorkeling reefs and great nature sites. Cruises are a great way to get out on the water and experience the beautiful environment of the islands. For those who who’d like to get a little closer to nature, there are several national parks and nature reserves on Turks & Caicos which offer distinct coasts, lagoons, wetlands, and caves to explore.
Relaxing on an incredible beach is of course one of the top things to do in the Turks and Caicos, and there’s an impressive number of perfect white sand beaches across the archipelago. These spectacular beaches are complimented by some of the most vibrant turquoise and blue waters in the Caribbean – a view that has to be seen to be believed. The widely-recognized Grace Bay Beach is the most-popular beach in the Turks and Caicos, and is the nation’s hallmark. There’s miles of soft sand, vivid turquoise water, and no crowds.
Grace Bay is listed as one of the top 20 beaches in the world. Here you can find information on all of the 20 most beautiful beaches of the world. Read our Turks & Caicos travel guide to start planning your vacation to this wonderful beach destination.
Turks & Caicos Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Turks & Caicos is April and May, a sweet spot featuring lower prices and fewer crowds. The weather is pleasant year-round with average highs that hover in the 80s, but these islands do experience a rainy season, and the threat of hurricanes lingers from June to November. Statistically, hurricanes are most likely to disrupt the island’s tranquility between mid-August and September. Similar to other destinations in the Caribbean, Turks & Caicos’ peak travel period lasts from December to March.
Turks & Caicos Attractions
Chalk Sound National Park
Chalk Sound is a highly scenic natural lagoon on the southwest of Providenciales. This national park features shallow and brilliant turquoise water with hundreds of small rocky islands. Chalk Sound is nearly landlocked, yet a winding channel does connect it to the ocean and Caicos Banks off the south of Providenciales. Because of Chalk Sound’s protected status as a national park, powered watercraft use is prohibited. The main attraction for most visitors is sightseeing by road on the southern side, or as a kayaking and paddle boarding destination. The water in Chalk Sound is clean and algae-free. The incredible turquoise hues are created by refraction of sunlight off the fine limestone sand and particles of the area.
The Hole at Long Bay Hills
The Hole is a naturally-formed limestone sinkhole located in the Long Bay Hills area of Providenciales. The Hole has a diameter of about 50 feet, and a depth of about 60 feet to the brackish water below. The Hole is semi-tidal, which suggests a partial connection to the ocean or nearby marine ponds of Juba Sound. The Hole is simply a fascinating geological site. Much of the wall face on the edges of the feature exhibit overprinting by erosion factors and is decaying, yet a tunnel and cave features can still be seen on the southern side.
The Caicos Conch Farm
The Caicos Conch Farm on Providenciales is the world’s only conch farm. This educational site and functioning seafood farm offers a close-up look at the queen conch (strombus gigas), and the unique process that was developed locally to raise these giant ocean snails. At this attraction you’ll see conchs of all sizes, the hatchery, algae vats that produce food for the conchs, and large ocean corrals in the shallow turquoise waters of Leeward Going Through Channel.
Grace Bay Beach
Found off the northeast coast of Providenciales, this pristine beach is the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This beach is the recipient of many designations, Grace Bay currently holds the position of World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination, and Trip Advisor’s 2nd best beach in the world. The entire beach is consistently excellent, with clean water, white sand and no rocks, seaweed or pollution. The barrier reef found a mile out protects Grace Bay from the ocean swells of the Atlantic.
Long Bay Beach
Long Bay is a three mile long beach on the southeast coast of Providenciales. The water here is clear with two to four foot depths going out thousands of feet. Due to being on the southern shallow Caicos Banks side of Providenciales, Long Bay does not get any of the larger ocean swell waves that the northern beaches do, and only at times experiences small choppy waves caused by local winds. The south-western end of Long Bay Beach tends to be quite tranquil and features quite a few luxury vacation rental villas. Many of these beautiful accommodations include amenities such as kayaks and stand up paddle boards. A villa can be the perfect choice for kiters or families as it allows for seclusion and more time on the water.
Turks & Caicos Tours & Activities
Grand Turk Historical Sightseeing Tour by Tram
See the all of Grand Turk’s highlights on an open-air tram with historical commentary by an entertaining, informative guide. This 3-hour excursion includes historical sites like museums, churches, a prison, and the island’s natural salt ponds. Get to know the locals — donkeys and wild horses — before a stop in Cockburn Town for shopping and a visit to the Grand Turk Lighthouse. Read more about Grand Turk Historical Sightseeing Tour by Tram
Grand Turk Exclusive Supreme Snorkeling Tour
Snorkel at four of the top snorkel destinations around Grand Turk on this half-day excursion. Stops include Coral Gardens, the Amazing Wall, Gibbs Cay, and one other stop. See tropical fish, stingrays, and other marine life in their natural environment. Watch the captain dive for conch and the staff will prepare a fresh conch salad for a snack. Use of snorkel equipment included. Read more about Grand Turk Multi-Stop Snorkeling Tour with Conch Salad
Take in spectacular aerial views of Turks and Caicos’ Grace Bay without the expense of a helicopter or air tour with this parasailing adventure. With a small group of just 10 people, benefit from personalized attention and full instruction, so that even beginners can feel comfortable. Enjoy an eyeful of Grace Bay in its entirety, its arch of white sands and azure waters, during the course of an approximately 12-minute ride. Read more about Parasailing Adventure
Kitty Katt Catamaran Cruise
Cruise down the coast of Providenciales on board a 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran for great views and photo opportunities. Listen to commentary from the captain and crew on the local ecosystem and coral reefs. Make a stop at one of the best reefs, where you can jump off to snorkel and swim among the local marine life. Go ashore at a pristine beach to explore, look for shells, and relax on the sand, then return to the boat for snacks and drinks from the open bar. Read more about Kitty Katt Catamaran Cruise
Grand Turk Gibbs Cay Stingray and Conch Dive Adventure
Meet some of the Turks and Caicos’ resident southern stingrays and go conch diving on this adventure to the uninhabited Gibbs Cay. Set out from Grand Turk on a spacious boat, enjoying the scenery and sun on the way to your destination. Stop to watch the crew dive for conch (or join in) and then anchor to see a fresh conch salad made in front of you. Once at the cay, slip in to the water and swim with the gentle local rays, learning about their biology and behavior from your captain. Read more about Grand Turk Gibbs Cay Stingray and Conch Dive Adventure
Best Turks & Caicos Restaurants
Bay Bistro $11 – 30
Oceanfront dining, open air or indoor, overlooking the sea, directly on Grace Bay Beach. Chef Clive Whent offers creative international cuisine with fresh local seafood specials. Located at Sibonné Beach Hotel, between Sands and Somerset, just walk on down the beach! Dinner reservations recommended. Telephone: 649-946-5396 Web: Bay Bistro.
Baci Ristorante $11 – 30
Baci Ristorante located in Turtle Cove, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands. Fine Italian dining with a wonderful wrought iron and Spanish tile ambiance. Nightly fresh fish specials. Veal is a specialty, excellent pasta, chicken, lobsters in-season and brick oven pizzas. Popular and comfortable bar. Open for dinner and drinks from 6:00pm six nights and lunch served Monday thru Friday. Indoor and shaded terrace dining. Closed Sunday. Dinner reservations recommended. Telephone: 649-941-3044 Web: Baci Ristorante.
Stelle $31 – 50
The setting is chic —some would even say swanky—with white fabrics blowing in the wind, diners dressed for clubbing, and tables surrounding a courtyard with views of the lighted pool. Enjoy an intimate gourmet dinner at Stelle, under the stars by the pool or on our beautiful garden terrace. Savour modern mediterranean cuisine showcasing the very best local ingredients, featuring fresh fish and seafood. Telephone: 649-946-5746 Web: Stelle.
Shark Bite Bar & Grill $11 – 30
At this casual local favorite, the standard fare includes everything from the local catch of the day, sandwiches, and island specialties to wings or nachos and beer along with other bar snacks. It’s a casual place for lunch—the deck overlooks Turtle Cove Marina, where you may be lucky enough to see sharks passing by. Friday-night happy hour is very popular. Live music makes this a very lively spot later on. For dinner there is an excellent almond-crusted grouper. Telephone: 649-941-5090 Web: Shark Bite Bar & Grill.
Mudjin Bar & Grill $11 – 30
The restaurant at Blue Horizon Resort is a fabulous spot to enjoy lunch, dinner, or as an afternoon respite over a refreshing cocktail. The view overlooking the Mudjin Harbor and miles of north shore beach just may be the best in Turks and Caicos. Daily lunches concentrate on seafood items such as Lobster Bites, when in season, cracked conch and conch fritters, and fish-and-chips, although there are also burgers, Caesar wraps, and some vegetarian options. Dinner is by reservation only and features a choice of several daily specials. Telephone: 649-946-6141 Web: Mudjin Bar & Grill.
Best Turks & Caicos Nightlife
Leave it to the Grace Bay Club to have the sexiest bar in town: Infiniti, with its long, reflective table that looks out over the beach. You’ll find seafood starters and Caribbean-themed dishes here. The drink menu lights up when opened—a nice touch when it’s dark out—and has a long list of rums for sipping and cocktails inspired by various Caribbean islands. The bar area is always lively with a mix of hotel guests and visitors, but there’s also outdoor seating by the beach for a bit more peace and quiet. Telephone: 649-946-5050 Web: Infiniti Bar.
This casual bar in the Saltmills Plaza area is a great place for a quick drink before or after dinner. Happy hour here, with two-for-one drinks, goes until 8 p.m. every night, and there are a few TV screens in the bar for sports games (for those who prefer a quieter alternative to Danny Buoys across the street). Dim lighting and comfortable seats set a laid-back mood at the bar, which attracts expats and tourists. Try their specialty drinks, like mojitos and French 75, or a coffee cocktail if you need a pick-me-up before a long night out. Telephone: 649-232-7079 Web: Sand Bar.
Sharkbite, in Turtle Cove Marina, is great for a casual drinking—go early to grab a table on the outside deck that overlooks the water and yachts. The bar menu includes frozen cocktails like daiquiris and pina coladas, as well as a delicious Rum Runner with rum, blackberry liqueur, banana, and grenadine. If you get hungry, turn to the special wing menu, with nearly a dozen sauce options. Telephone: 649-941-5090 Web: Shark Bite.
This rowdy bar is one of the most fun on Provo, with happy hour and different drink specials every night. The best drinks are rum-based, like the Big Sexy with Bambarra Gold, triple sec, and pineapple juice. And the bar doesn’t skimp on comfort food, with dirty fries (topped with pulled pork, cheese, and sautéed peppers and onions), sandwiches, and meat-centric entrees. Come for happy hour, which lasts for the hour before and after sunset, or live music on Thursdays and Fridays. Telephone: 649-941-8260 Web: Somewhere.
This is a wonderful place to start a night. Come before sunset, and stake out one of the large lounge chairs or high tops that face the beach. Once the sun goes down, the beach is lit up with torches and the string lights strewn on the trees add a romantic feel. The specialty cocktails here are made for sipping all night—try the watermelon margarita (with tequila, watermelon, lime, and Cointreau) and the Dark and Stormy (made with Bambarra Gold). And the bar menu includes perfectly spiced jerk chicken wings and an award-winning conch salad. Telephone: 649-941-7777 Web: Deck.
Best Turks & Caicos Hotels
The Oasis at Grace Bay
Welcome to the Oasis at Grace Bay, where contemporary, modern design meets luxurious and affordable accommodations. The Oasis, 29 unit boutique hotel located in the laid-back and idyllic Grace Bay Village of the Turks & Caicos Islands, is the perfect place to stay on your sunshine getaway.
The Venetian on Grace Bay
The Venetian offers a serene and luxurious condo for a much desired winter holiday escape. Capturing the elegance of oceanfront living and set on the white sand and glistening turquoise sea of Grace Bay Beach, The Venetian captures the best in Caribbean living. From its architecture to design and finishes, The Venetian offers all of the amenities and beauty desired by those seeking the best in our piece of paradise.
The Tuscany on Grace Bay
rivacy, luxury and intimacy are excellent words to describe The Tuscany – a luxury boutique resort offering 30 luxury suites. Located on Grace Bay Beach The Tuscany features an Italian inspired courtyard and European style swimming pool, two lighted tennis courts, complimentary wifi and complimentary bikes, and a fully equipped gym. All suites are oceanfront, with an open concept dining and living area, fully equipped kitchens with state of the art stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, travertine marble flooring. Master bedrooms with king bed overlook Grace Bay; the other two bedrooms, a queen and a set of twins, have ensuite bathrooms.
Grace Bay Club
The world renowned Grace Bay Club, first luxury all-suite resort in Turks and Caicos, offers guests a haven for uninterrupted relaxation. The resort, with the largest beach front access – 1100 feet, features all ocean front suites. Divided into three separate sections that caters to discerning travelers of all tastes, it includes the adults-only Hotel area with private restaurant, bar, and swimming pool; family-friendly Villas with their own restaurant, bar, and pool; and the uber-luxe Estate, with a complete set of exclusive amenities.
Seven Stars Resort & Spa
Grace Bay Beach in the Turks & Caicos Islands, Seven Stars Resort blends island hospitality with luxurious all-suite accommodations and world-class amenities. Expansive accommodations range from junior to five-bedroom suites and feature high-end furnishings and finishes, full kitchens or kitchenettes, wrap-around balconies and over-sized marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, terry bathrobes and L’Occitane amenities. Island-inspired cuisine is served in three dining venues. Ideal for couples and families, the oceanfront palm-lined resort features a pool terrace with cabanas, tennis, complimentary water-sports, kids program, spa, fitness center, and nearby championship golf.