Turks and Caicos have always been one of the islands in the Caribbean I have been eager to visit. Just recently, I had the chance to take in and indulge on what they have to offer. Thanks to interCaribbean Airways for flying me here directly from Kingston, Jamaica.
Located southeast of The Bahamas and northeast of Cuba, the Turks & Caicos Islands is comprised of low-lying coral islands with Cockburn Town, the capital city situated on the island of Grand Turk.
With a population just hitting close to 40,000 and with a wide spread of islands, there is so much to do across the board. The beaches are stunning, but here are a few of the best things you can do when you are ready to take in more than just the ocean waves.
1. Go Island-Hopping
During my visit here, I had the chance to do a little island hopping with InterCaribbean Airways and it was one of my many highlights. Each island has a personality and if you’re planning a trip to visit soon, I’d be sure to add this one to your list of things to do.
Each island is in close proximity, which means travel time is very minimal and it also happens that airfare is affordable. From Providenciales to North & Middle Caicos you can hop on a quick ferry which gets you here in just about 30-minutes.
From Providenciales to Grand Turk; this is only 30-minute flight time which comes along with stunning scenic bird’s eye views.
If you up to the idea of taking in a lesser-known, quaint but interesting island, be sure to make it to South Caicos. It is one of my favourites with only a 10-minute flight from Grand Turk.
2. The Thursday Night Fish-Fry
If you’re a traveller who deems it important to try the local food and indulge in the local culture, push this item up to the top of your list. The Thursday night fish fry happens, well, every Thursday just about 15-minutes ‘out of town’ in Providenciales.
Here, you’ll get to try the local food, to that of fried Fish, fried Conch( the islands’ specialty), along with some live music and drum playing. It’s a local festivity which happens once a week. Travellers often frequent this spot to get a taste of the culture… and the food.
3. Eat at Conch Shack
If you know the phrase from “Sea to Plate” then this one right here is the real deal. During my very last full day before heading back to Kingston, I had the chance to sort of explore another side of town in which I checked out the local spot: Da Conch Shack.
Known for its sea-side dining and it’s impressive cooking style (*drolling*), the Conch spot is highly recommended if you fancy some tasty seafood and some good vibes. I also personally recommend giving the Conch a try. It is freshly- served, tasty and it is indeed an island specialty.
Also, if you are up for it, you can definitely see how the process is done from, “Sea to Plate”
4. Lounge on the Grace Bay Beach
If you are reading this article, you are either thinking of visiting, have visited or just simply just want to know what I think of the islands.. and well, the beaches. They are stunning!
Grace Bay Beach is known for its turquoise waters and white sand. It is said to be the Hallmark of The Turks & Caicos Islands While you are here, be sure to bask in the sunshine and enjoy the waters on this beach.
Location: Grace Bay, Providenciales
5. Do a Day Pass at the Sailrock Resort
Complete luxury and swankiness all in one go! The Sailrock Resort is located on the South Caicos Island which is no more than 8.5 miles long with a population of 3,000 inhabitants. With an island this small, secluded, yet stunning, a complete health, wellness, zen-type vacation can be achieved here.
Sitting at the very top of the hill, overlooking the ocean, The Sailrock Resort sits alongside the pristine beaches of the Caribbean Sea. With miles of undiscovered land, Sailrock Resort is the perfect setting for guests looking for moments of zen and authentic experiences.
However, the rates here comes in a bit steep, but nothing beats the stellar services, the authenticity and the views.
6. Go Snorkelling
This is a must-do. Snorkelling is the Caribbean will probably be one of your favourite water sport whilst touring the islands. While you are at it, give it ago in Turks and Caicos. It is also known to be home to the third-largest coral reefs.
To add, the Scuba-diving sites include a 14-mile barrier reef on Providenciales north shore along with a 2,134m underwater wall off the Grand Turk island.
If you fancy a little scuba-diving, well, there you go!
Location: Providenciales, Grand Turk, South Caicos
7. Do a Beer Tour
I often recommend giving the local beer or drink a try whenever you travel. With just 9- years under its belt, The Turks Head Brewery gives you an opportunity to come on in and see how it is all done from grain to packaging and then topping it off with a sample of the different kinds.
At current, they feature 8 different beers with different flavours and levels. Though, if you’re sort of a Bud Light fan, be sure to try the Turk’s Head lager.
During the different times of the year, you’d find them also producing specialty flavoured beers.
8. Chalk Sound National Park
You’ll never get tired of views like these. The Chalk Sound National Park is made up of an aquamarine lagoon with turquoise waters on the southernmost tip of Providenciales.
You can simply grab yourself a paddleboard or kayak, float out onto the still water to enjoy its scenic views. To add, if you fancy waking up here, villas are close by for rentals.
9. Kite Board on Long Beach
If you are looking for an adventure water sport, I’d definitely recommend t go Kiteboarding on the Long Bay Beach.
The Long Bay Beach is a three-mile-long beach on the southeast coast of Providenciales. It is small, shallow, clear and perfect for Kite Boarding.
10. Half Moon Bay & Iguana Island
The Half Moon Bay is known for its long stretch of turquoise water and its views. To get here, you can either do a boat tour or go by Kayak. Bear in mind that it is a long bay to walk along if you have already kayaked to get there, so a boat trip is probably the easiest option and most convenient.
The Half Moon Bay is also in close proximity to the Iguana Island. Here, you’ll get to see some pretty huge but tamed Iguanas. A word to the wise: be sure to bring your cameras and lots of water. Every inch of these islands are picture perfect, but can also get a little steamy. Enjoy!
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