Best of Turks and Caicos, a travel guide

Best of Turks and Caicos,

a travel guide

Turks and Caicos aerial view
Turks and Caicos aerial view



Are you dreaming of a Caribbean paradise? Look no further than Turks and Caicos! This stunning archipelago of 40 islands and cays located in the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Bahamas, is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. From crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches to laid-back vibes and luxurious resorts, Turks and Caicos has something for everyone. It is small enough to make a great weekend gateway destination but also has so many attractions that you can easily fill a longer vacation or winter or holiday break. Providenciales is the most populated and developed island, and many tourists land there. You can get domestic flights or take a boat to the other islands.

Grace Bay Beach is the most popular spot on Providenciales and it’s no surprise – the powdery white sand and turquoise waters make it a dreamy destination for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Grand Turk is a great cruise ship destination, boasting fine beaches and the capital, Cockburn Town.

The Turks and Caicos Islands are also known for their luxurious resorts and private islands, which are often frequented by celebrities like Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Kim Kardashian. From spas and golf courses to private villas and exclusive beach clubs, this archipelago is the perfect spot for a romantic escape or a family vacation.


A trip to West Harbour Bluff

View of Split Rock, Turks and Caicos
Split Rock, Turks and Caicos

Split Rock

Also known as Split Rock or Pirate\’s Cove, is a scenic area located at the southwest point of Providenciales. It is part of the Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve and offers several interesting features, including a small peninsula with sea cliffs, a small open-faced cave, and a secluded beach. The view from the top of the peninsula is impressive, and it is a great spot for bird-watching. You can also find rock inscriptions left by shipwrecked sailors from the past. Nearby is Bonefish Point, a sandy peninsula. West Harbour Bluff is about a five-mile drive from any developed part of the island. The easiest way to get there is by car. For visitors staying in Providenciales, there are several car rental companies, as well as taxi services, that can take you to the area. The road is unpaved and you need to drive very carefully as it is washed up terribly in some spots. An SUV may be a better choice  or you can also book an ATV tour. 

West Harbor Bluff is a part of The Frenchman\’s Creek and Pigeon Pond Nature Reserve, which is the largest section of protected land on Providenciales and spans an area of 8 square miles. It contains many unique and special natural features, historical sites, and wildlife such as giant blue land crabs, birds, and conch. The southern half of the nature reserve is a maze of mangrove trees and shallow channels of water, great for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding

Northwest Point Park

Sunset at North West Point Park
North West Point Park, Turks and Caicos

Northwest Point

Northwest Point is a picturesque coastal environment located in the extreme northwest of Providenciales. It includes two protected areas, the Northwest Point Marine National Park and the Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve, which are both home to a variety of marine and birdlife. The area is not suitable for swimming due to sharp rocks and coral, but snorkeling can be enjoyed when calm conditions allow on the west part. It is also a great place for birdwatching, with species such as ospreys, pelicans, herons and kingfishers being commonly sighted. Northwest Point is also home to a significant reef system and is close to the \’wall\’ barrier and deep ocean water.

Walking the Bird Rock Trail

View from the Bird Walk Trail
Bird Rock Trail, Providenciales

Bird Rock

Bird Rock, situated on the eastern point of Providenciales, is a mesmerizing landscape featuring wetlands, low limestone bluffs, and tidal marine marshes, and is home to a variety of endemic saline-resistant plants. Along with its breathtaking scenery, the area is a haven for bird watchers, with species such as green herons, ospreys, and bananaquits often seen here. The trail established in 2014 by the Turks and Caicos National Trust, covers a distance of 0.8 miles (1.3km) and is easy to traverse despite the scorching temperatures. Jet skiing is a great way to explore the area and experience the numerous attractions, such as the sandbars at Sand Dollar Cove and the La Famille Express wreck. The Bird Rock region of Providenciales is a must-see destination for any traveler, offering a selection of natural attractions and great views at the end of the trail on the rocky promontory. You can even see the wreck of the La Familla Express in the distance.

Exploring the Chalk Sound National Park

View of Challk Sound
View of Challk Sound, Turks and Caicos

Chalk Sound National Park

Chalk Sound National Park is a picturesque natural lagoon located on the southwest of Providenciales, boasting shallow and radiant turquoise water with many small islets. It is connected to the ocean and Caicos Banks with a winding channel, however, powered watercraft use is banned. Visitors come to sightsee, kayak and paddleboard. The glorious blue hues are created by the reflection of sunlight off the delicate limestone sand. The area is home to Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas, barracudas, stingrays, small lemon sharks and some herons. There is no designated area for kayakers and paddleboarders, On calm days, the park is an excellent spot for paddle sports, just be conscious of the sharp limestone rocks.

Exploring the Mangrove Cay and Little Water Cay by kayak or paddleboard


View of Mangrove Cay, Turks and Caicos
Mangrove Cay, Turks and Caicos

We enjoyed the combination of exploring the mangroves and discovering the cays by Clear Bottom Kayak. It was one of the best experiences we have ever had. We took a private tour and. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area. We got to explore the mangrove channels and shallow waters and even had to wade and haul the kayak on the low tide. We also had a chance to swim, and have beach time on the secluded beaches. We saw a variety of marine life including juvenile fish, sharks, turtles, iguanas, conch and jellyfish. The views of the cays were breathtaking and we highly recommend this experience.

Mangrove Cay

Mangrove Cay is a small 286-acre island located off the northeastern end of Providenciales. It is mostly comprised of red mangroves and small, narrow dunes and is a popular spot for kayaking and paddleboarding. Many different species of wildlife can be seen there, including juvenile lemon sharks and various types of turtles. The island is protected and fishing, collecting conch or lobster, and disturbing wildlife are prohibited. 

Little Water Cay

Little Water Cay is a small cay situated in the Leeward area of Providenciales and is a refuge for the Turks and Caicos rock iguana. It features a dock, a welcome center, and paths for visitors to explore. It is part of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve and is managed by the Turks and Caicos National Trust. Guests can observe the peaceful iguanas and explore the nearby beach connecting Little Water Cay, Half Moon Bay, Water Cay, and Pine Cay. This is a great spot for boat charters and sightseeing.

 Day trip to North and Middle Caicos


View from Middle Caicos
Middle Caicos

North and Middle Caicos

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Providenciales, then a day trip to Middle and North Caicos is the perfect way to do it. While a week may not be sufficient to explore all the attractions these two islands have to offer, a day trip is more than enough to sample some selected sights. We recommend purchasing a ferry ticket online the day before, as well as renting a car so you can explore the islands on your own. An SUV or four-wheel drive will be best for navigating the terrain which is very sparsely populated with limited development. Plan your day trip carefully, as you’ll need to be back in time for the ferry back to Providenciales. Middle and North Caicos have lots of fascinating places to explore and are connected by a causeway for easy traveling between the two. Some roads are not paved, so having a vehicle with high clearance is preferable. Be sure to check out some of the amazing attractions Middle and North Caicos have to offer, such as Mudjin Harbour Beach, Wade’s Green Plantation, Wild Cow Run Beach, Conch Bar Caves, Flamingo Pond, Cottage Pond and the Crossing Place Trail. No matter what you decide to do on your day trip to Middle and North Caicos, you’re sure to have a great time. Make the most of your time here and take in all the beauty these two islands have to offer. From the stunning beaches to the unique attractions, you’re sure to create some amazing memories on your day trip to Middle and North Caicos.

Water sports in Providenciales, Turks, and Caicos 


A sail boat
Water sports

The beautiful islands of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos offer some of the best watersports activities in the Caribbean. From jet skiing and kayaking to windsurfing and kiteboarding, there is something for everyone. With its crystal clear waters, abundant coral reefs and sea life, Providenciales is the perfect destination for watersports enthusiasts. 

  Hobie Cat Sailing and Windsurfing 

The turquoise waters of Providenciales are ideal for sailing and windsurfing, offering consistent winds and flat water. There are a variety of windsurfing and sailing operators offering equipment rentals. The best place for sailing in Providenciales might be Grace Bay Beach. This beach is known for its protected waters and steady winds, making it perfect for sailing. Some resorts in Providenciales also offer sailing equipment for free to their guests. 

 Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Kayaking and paddle boarding are great ways to explore the many cays and bays of Providenciales. Several kayaking and paddleboarding operators offer equipment rentals and guided tours. They also have clear bottom kayaks available.


The best place for kitesurfing in Provo is Long Bay Beach. This beach is known for having flat, shallow waters and steady winds, making it the perfect spot for kitesurfing. The beach also offers a variety of kitesurfing operators, with equipment rentals, guided tours and instruction available.

Jet Skiing 

Jet skiing is a popular activity in Providenciales, and the calm, clear waters make it perfect for exploring. There are several jet skiing operators, with equipment rentals and guided tours available. One of the options is to rent a jet ski from Long Bay Beach and go to the La Famille Express ship which was grounded during a hurricane in 2008. 

Other water sports

Wakeboarding is a popular activity in Providenciales, and the clear, shallow waters make it ideal for beginners. There are a variety of wakeboarding operators. You can also do parasailing, e-foiling and surfing. Providenciales is a popular spot for fishing, with its abundant marine life and clear waters. There are several fishing charters available. 

Scuba diving and snorkeling 


View of coral reef


The Turks and Caicos Islands offer some of the most breathtaking snorkeling and scuba diving experiences in the world. With crystal-clear water, beautiful coral reefs, and abundant marine life, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a dream destination for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. Snorkeling in the Turks and Caicos Islands is a truly magical experience. The water is so clear that you can see the vibrant colors of the coral and the many different species of fish that inhabit the reefs. Popular spots for snorkeling include Bight Reef, Smith’s Reef, and French Cay. Here, you can explore the coral gardens and observe the fascinating marine life. Scuba diving in the Turks and Caicos Islands is an incredible adventure.

Scuba diving

The warm, clear water makes for excellent visibility, and the diverse and abundant marine life makes it a scuba diver’s paradise. Popular places for scuba diving include West Caicos, French Cay, and the Grand Turk Wall. Here, you can explore the coral gardens, observe incredible marine life, and even dive with dolphins and manta rays. For those looking for a unique experience, the Turks and Caicos Islands offer some amazing night dives. With the aid of a dive light, you can explore the depths of the reefs and observe the nocturnal marine life that comes out to hunt and feed. The Turks and Caicos Islands offer a remarkable experience for snorkelers and scuba divers.

Whether you’re looking to explore the coral gardens or observe the many different species of marine life, the Turks and Caicos Islands are sure to provide an unforgettable experience.



View of Bambarra Beach, Turks and Caicos
Bambarra Beach, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, located in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean Sea, is known for its stunning white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. The beaches on Providenciales are known for their soft white sand, which is made up of crushed coral and shells. The sand is so fine that it is often referred to as \”powdery\” or \”flour-like\”, and it is much cooler to the touch than other types of sand. The color of the sand varies depending on the location, ranging from shades of white and pink to yellow and gray.

Here are some of the best beaches in Providenciales:

Grace Bay Beach

Located on the north side of the island, Grace Bay Beach is world-renowned for its powdery white sand and crystal clear blue waters. It holds the position of the World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination and 2nd place in Trip Advisor’s World’s Best Beaches. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops located along the beach.

Bight Beach

Bight Beach is located on the central north side of Providenciales and is known for its stunning white sand and turquoise waters. It is the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing on the beach. There is also a shallow area great for children to play in, as well as a reef just off the shore where you can snorkel.

Long Bay Beach

This tranquil beach on the east coast of the island is known for its calm waters and plenty of shade from palm trees. Long Bay Beach is popular for kite surfing. The shallow waters and clean sandy bottom make it easy to stand and practice, and the transition period from beginner to skilled kiter is much smoother here than in other Caribbean destinations. 

Taylor Bay Beach

Taylor Bay Beach is located on the south side of the island and is known for its peaceful atmosphere. The beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and lush vegetation. This beach is perfect for swimming and sunbathing, as well as exploring the nearby reefs and coves.

Practical information and some tips


Image of Turks and Caicos Flag
Turks and Caicos Flag


Most major airlines offer direct flights to Turks and Caicos from major US airports. You can also fly from Europe, Canada, and other countries. It is only around 40 min flight from Miami. 


Visitors from the US, Canada, and most European countries don’t need a visa to enter Turks and Caicos, as long as they have a valid passport. 

Renting a Car

You can rent cars on the two main islands of Turks and Caicos, Providenciales and Grand Turk. The minimum age for rental is 21 and you must have a valid driver’s license. There is no public transportation and taxis tend to be expensive. 


Turks and Caicos are considered a mid-range destination with prices similar to other Caribbean islands. Accommodation and food will be more expensive than in the US or Europe, but can still be found at reasonable prices. 

Weather and Best Times to Visit

The best times to visit Turks and Caicos are from December to April when the temperatures are pleasant and the rainfall is minimal. The summer months are hot and humid. The low season usually lasts from the end of August to November except Thanksgiving.

Travel Insurance

When planning a trip to the Turks and Caicos, it is important to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect against unexpected events. Travel insurance can provide coverage for medical expenses, lost luggage, and trip cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.


This article is intended to provide general information about the Turks and Caicos. The article does not constitute professional advice and readers should not rely on the information presented in this article as a substitute for their own research. The author does not accept any responsibility or liability for any actions taken or not taken based on the information and views provided in this article. The readers are advised to use their own judgment and common sense when traveling to the Turks and Caicos, and to conduct their own due diligence before making any decisions regarding their travel plans.

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