There is a ton to see and do on Turks and Caicos, and one of the best ways to spend your time is by getting on the water. Do this by taking a Big Blue tour on one of their charter boats or a Caicos Dream Tour where you can snorkel, dive, and get a glimpse of life underwater. Check out our detailed listing of Turks and Caicos attractions, from art galleries to beaches to aquariums. Then, when you are ready, you'll know just where you're headed next.
Experience all Provo has to offer with Caicos Dream Tours' Snorkel and Conch Cruise. It's a WhereToStay.com favorite! The boat captains are friendly and talk as if they've lived there their whole life...they probably have. You'll be taken by powerboat to Grace Bay Beach, then off to the reefs for some snorkeling, followed by conch diving. The fresh conch will later be served up for lunch on the world famous Half Moon Bay beach, the final stop. Here you can learn how to shell the conch, stroll the gorgeous beach, swim in the crystal blue water or just sit back, relax and enjoy a rum punch. It a fun-filled day you'll never forget. Caicos Dream Tours also has fishing charters and paddle boat rentals.
The islands' best natural attraction, Chalk Sound National park is a short 2 mile drive southwest of downtown. This vibrant turquoise lagoon beams brilliantly against the rocky cliffs. Inside you'll find Sapodilla and Taylor Bay, two shallow coves. Rent a kayak for the day, bring lunch and stop off at one of the little islands.
Step off the boat, just a short ride from Provo, and West Indian rock iguanas will run out to meet you. These friendly creatures, found only in Turks and Caicos and parts of the Bahamas, were at risk of extinction. Now they are protected on this uninhabited cay thanks to an award-winning effort of public and private organizations. This sanctuary and its short boardwalk trail are a hit among visitors of all ages. Little Water Cay is a prime example of TCI's successful balance, encouraging tourism while protecting the area's natural wonders. Boat trips to this cay are often combined with snorkeling and shelling on or around nearby shores.
At the north shore of Provo, this shallow reef is a snorkeler's paradise with lobsters, spider crabs and tons of colorful fish hiding in the overhangs and crevices. Vendors on the beach will rent you snorkel and diving equipment and there's a well-marked snorkel trail with tiles that describe the underwater wildlife along the way. Go in the morning when the winds are down, then have lunch at the nearby Tiki Hut. There is parking available at Smith's reef once you cross the bridge and turn left from Turtle Cove. It's a good idea to check in at the Smith's Reef office to find out what the tides are doing.
Take a picnic to Taylor Bay Beach and you may well be the only one there. This beautiful crescent shaped cove is home to calm, clear, blue water, powder white sand and not a lot of visitors. The shallow depth makes this beach an inviting playground for children and families. There's no shade though, so don't forget your sunscreen.
Art Provo, Regent Village at Grace Bay, Providenciales.
Shop For Local and International Arts and Crafts.
Located in the Grace Bay Area of Providenciales, Art Provo offers a wonderful and distinctive variety of fine, contemporary, and vintage art. Look for local island art, prints, designer jewelry, pottery, Turks and Caicos crafts and even watch a straw weaving demonstration.
The new Bamboo Gallery opened its doors in Caicos CafÃ© Plaza on 1st May 2005. Conveniently located just next door to Maison Creole, the gallery's opening hours are Mon-Fri, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Caribbean fine art and metal sculpture.
A diving and charter boat company located at the Leeward Marina, with immediate access to Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve via power catamaran. They will assist you in exploring West Caicos, French Cay, Pine Cay, Northwest Point, and Grace Bay. Big Blue offers diving instruction, including custom nitrox mixes, trimix and buddy inspiration rebreather instruction, and PADI, IANTD, TDI, and BSAC training.
Blue Hills Artisan Outlet. Shore Road at Blue Hills, Providenciales. A new and exciting outlet devoted totally to Turks & Caicos handcrafts. Over 60 local artisans from the outer islands are represented in the co-op, displaying a wide variety of handcrafts for sale. Items include straw hats, conch shell craft, brooms & brushes, dolls & animals, and paintings and wall hangings.
Open Tues - Sat from 10 am to 4 pm.
Offers a variety of snorkelling and fishing tours.
Only tour operator that has a new 31ft Waterslide Catamaran,(picture attached).We offer 1/2 day and full days public/group/private excursions on all our vessels.
Go exploring with Capt. Bill!!!! He and the Ocean Outback, a 40ft yacht out of Sapodilla bay, will take you an adventure exploring a pirate`s cave with 200-year-old carvings and then take you to deserted beaches for a barbeque. Lots of fun!
The newest hot spot for gamblers on Provo.
The property features 12 live game tables including Blackjack, American Roulette, Poker (both Caribbean Stud and Texas Hold â€˜Em), Craps, and Baccarat.
In addition, there are 85 slot machines. Hours of operation are currently 7 pm to 5 am (with extended hours to be in effect during peak season) with free transportation to and from the casino for guests of any hotel or resort on Providenciales.
Welcome aboard with Captain Edward Missick. Explore the Caicos Islands in comfort, style and elegance. Bone fishing, spin casting and fly rod, waterskiing and lessons, Reggae sunset cruise, beach cruising, snorkel, specialize in private charters.
Middle Caicos is home to over 15 miles of above sea leave incredible Lucayan Indian Caves thought be over 130,000 years old. Arrangements with a local tour company can be made if you are interested in exploring these bat filled caves.
This is not your typical capital city. Enjoy the slow pace of the local residents, as you meander down historic Front Street, lined with Bermudan architecture and used by donkeys as well. Stop at the National Museum, at the 150-year-old Guinep House, to learn about the islands' natural and cultural history, including the wreck of the Molasses Reef, the oldest European ship found in the New World.
This ocean park marks not just the reputed site of Columbus' arrival in the New World but also an entrance to Grand Turk's famed diving sites. Grand Turk is essentially the tip of an underwater mountain. Divers explore great depths when they enter the surrounding waters, home to eel and octopuses, orange sponge and black coral trees, and schools of brilliantly hued fish.
This coastal trail, dating back to the days of the Lucayan Indians, will allow you to hike or bike to many of Middle Caicos' most alluring sites. See the Flamingo Pond and the dramatic limestone bluffs of Mudjin Harbour, or take a detour to Indian Caves. The entire trail can be walked in less than five hours; but visitors who have learned to enjoy the relaxed pace of the islands will appreciate the sights more by breaking up this tour over a couple of days. The island's seldom-visited shores are great for simple pleasures such as collecting shells. The CPT Hiking Trail extends from Conch Bar to a point just beyond Blowing Hole, then west to the Crossing Place. The trail varies in difficulty as it traverses ironshore coastal ridge, old inland roadway, or sections of the beach and tracks approximately 4.5 miles. A car park has been established near Norbellis Cove to facilitate those who prefer a shorter hike.
Based on an average walking rate of 2 miles/hour, a minimum of 4.5 hours is needed to complete the trail. Portions of the path are rugged ironshore and sand, requiring greater skill and stamina than needed on a leisurely walk and the breathtaking views and deserted beaches demand that one stops and spends some time. To complete the entire trail, a full day is suggested. Options include embarking on the trail at different intervals, such as hiking from Conch Bar with a pickup at Indian Cave or Mudjin Harbour, or strolling from Norbellis Cove down to the Blowing Hole and back. Tour packages can be customized to suit anyoneâ€™s preferences to include hiking and biking.
The only cruise ship docks in the Turks and Caicos islands are on Grand Turk. The cruise ships have built a huge shopping area here with restaurants and shops. You will find Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville restaurant and lots of place to buy t-shirts, souvenirs and the like.
This is a local market with goods and souvenirs made locally. A little beach bar and beach access attract locals and tourists.
It is a central place where local vendors can sell their products - it is supposed to prevent vendor crowding on the beaches. Where the Middle Caicos cafe is located - so go there and eat lunch if you are in Providenciales.
Out past the coral reefs surrounding the Turks & Caicos Islands, the Atlantic Ocean offers great deep-water fishing: blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo, tuna, mahi-mahi, and sharks.
You can try light tackle trolling for mackerel, jack, and barracuda - or even the flats for bonefish and tarpon, or spin cast for bonefish. Some may prefer bottom fishing for snapper and grouper. Be careful to shop around carefully for a qualified charter; not all local fishermen make the best guides.
Captain Bar Gardinerâ€™s Bonefish Unlimited:
649 946 4874.
Captain Bob Collinsâ€™ Sakitumi Charters:
The most experienced sports fishing operation on Provo. Collins has been fishing these waters since 1989 in his 43-foot Hatteras. 649 946 4065. VHF Channel 16, â€˜Sakitumi.â€™ One of only several deep sea fishing operations on-island.
Deep sea fishing with Algie Dean. 649 946 4342.
Deep sea fishing on a 45-foot Hatteras sportfisher. 649 941 0412 or 649 946 5321. www.Provo.net/Gwendolyn/.
Light Tackle and â€˜Black Diamondâ€™ Fishing and Boat Tours:
Earl Musgrove. 649 946 4451.
Owned and operated by Alan and Clare Jardine, both SSI Platinum Pros, each with over 20 years experience in the dive industry, Dive Provo brings you tropical scuba diving at its best.
They offer diving, boat charters, and a gift shop.
East Caicos belongs to sea turtles and wild cattle. Visitors to this unpopulated 18-square-mile island can explore caves with petroglyphs where bat guano was once mined. Though a mangrove swamp covers much of the island, the north shore offers 17 miles of beautiful beach.
These beautiful creatures can be observed in the evening, during the mating of marine worms, in the current ebbing under the shallow water of the Caicos Banks.
About an hour after sunset, the male and female glow worm perform a unique mating ritual, emitting a vibrant green luminescence. The mating of the glow worms occurs each month, 2 to 6 nights after the full moon.
To see this amazing phenomenon of nature, tours are offered by Sail Provo, Catch the Wave, and J & B Tours.
The world famous Grace Bay is a beach lovers delight. The whitest of sand, amazing reefs just off shore.
You'll probably agree with the numerous travel magazines that rate this among the finest beaches in the world. The sand is perfectly white and powdery soft. But even more inspiring are the treasures found just beyond in the peacock-blue waters. At majestic Bight Reef, commonly known as White House Reef, the Turks and Caicos National Trust have recently established an underwater trail. Swim near the sea grass in the late afternoon, and you're likely to catch sight of sea turtles. Grace Bay is frequently visited by Jo Jo, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin who, though wild, often swims close to shore. These waters are teeming with parrotfish, grouper, sergeant majors, and even manta rays.
New gym with a convenient location
This island is actually called Little Water Cay, and is home to hundreds of iguanas. It has been turned into a national park, and costs just a couple dollars to walk across the boardwalks to see the iguanas.
Kids will enjoy this attraction. Iguana Island often tacked on to other excursions since it is just off the marina. If can be arranged through JB, Dive Provo or some of the other operators.
Jean Taylor, Phillip Outten, and Ianthe George are three prominent local artists whose works stand out and find their way on to the walls of many homes and businesses on the islands and abroad. Each own and show their own works.
JoJo is a dolphin that swims the waters off Providenciales. He has developed a special bond with humans and can often be found playing and being active with people and the passing boats.
In 1987, JoJo, according to letters to the government, had become a tourist liability. The dolphin had reportedly been attacking humans after being exploited as a "pet" for commercial interests. Knowing the dolphin, Dean Bernal wanted to correct the misconceptions of the dolphin's antics before JoJo was placed in captivity. Dean petitioned the Turks and Caicos Ministry of Natural Resources, stating that the dolphin was defending himself against harassment and that the dolphin should be protected as a unique resource.
In 1989, JoJo was declared a 'National Treasure' and Dean was appointed as the dolphin's official warden. Because of JoJo's uniqueness, the friendly dolphin has become a powerful symbol for nature conservation. Dean created the JoJo Project not only to raise awareness, but to educate and protect, not only JoJo, but all wildlife and their habitats.
Windsurfing Provo is located on the Grace Bay beachfront at
Ocean Club Resort in Providenciales.
They also offer sailing, boating, kayaking, and kite surfing
L. Raye Cinema is located on Leeway Highway. This is a three-screen theater, showing first-run films.
Although you might be tempted to ride on of the many wild horses on the island, don't. The local ones are quite wild. The local stables have brought in horses from Jamaica for the tourists to ride. That's a much better option.
As you enter the stables, you will see a coral on the right with a collection of local donkeys and horses. The local kids get a fee for bringing them in, but many believe they also are the ones who let them escape for future catch. Kind of like catch and release.
Local horses and donkeys used to have value on the island as transportation and farming. But the plantations are gone and the "buggies" have arrived so they do not do much except roam the island and multiply.
Beautiful beach on the West wide of the island. This is one of the nicest beaches on the island, and used to be very secluded because of the difficulty in getting here. But, They have recently upgraded the road for easier access. Amanyara Resort is now on this beach.
As the sun starts to drop watch out for the sand flees (no see'ums).
Miniature Golf Club for kids and adults. On Friday night they have Karaoke night. Let the kids play golf while you sing your heart out (or laugh at those trying). Quite entertaining.
North Caicos is the third-most popular island among visitors (following Grand Turk and Provo). An island of farming villages and swampland, it is inhabited by 1,300 residents, as well as numerous flocks of pink flamingos. Known as the "Garden Island," North Caicos is TCI's most verdant spot, growing mangos, papayas, avocados, and limes. Visit the Loyalist plantation ruins at Wades Green, swim or snorkel the quiet beaches, and enjoy the bird sanctuaries.
On Grand Turk you will experience an island of unspoiled beauty, and with Oasis Divers you will discover the diving professionals who know how to deliver the diving services for the vacation of your lifetime. From beginners to advanced, their friendly, experienced staff will cater to your adventure requests making your diving exciting, uncrowded, fun and safe.
Whether diving on the breathtaking wall or exploring on a night dive, you will always be comfortable with the gear handling services and the short rides to the dive sites. Offering accommodations in a handful of charming hotels and inns, Oasis Divers provides the captivating hospitality you expect on a small island.
Grand Turk is a picturesque island with a relaxed pace and a warm, friendly atmosphere. There are no fast food chains and no sprawling resorts; instead, the accommodations are in excellent guest houses and small hotels.
In addition to the amazing year-around diving, with Oasis Divers you have seasonal attractions such as the North Atlantic humpback whales during the winter and manta rays in the summer, you're sure to be amazed.
Great little dive shop, small groups so you get great attention. Very good for first timers.
Thirteen miles of undeveloped, protected beach, part of an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the islands. The 6500 acre Princess Alexandra National Park is one of the Caribbean's best snorkeling spots. Visitors can also see iguanas, ospreys, mangroves and marine life at the park.
It runs along Provo's north coast, stretching between Thompson Cove and Leeward Point. The park includes the pristine waters off Grace Bay Beach.
Because the reef sits on a shallow shelf surrounded by deep water, snorkelers may get to view turtles, lobsters, and other marine animals who typically cruise at much greater depths.
Open to the public. 18-hole course.
The club's facilities offer a fully stocked pro-shop, club rental, a warm-up driving net, chipping area, putting green and tennis courts.
In the clubhouse, you will find the pro-shop and the club bar and lounge, in addition to the renowned Fairways Bar and Grill providing probably the best breakfast and lunch menu on the island.
Horseback riding on the beach is an experience not to be missed during your visit to Turks & Caicos. Provo Ponies offers riding times at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Both conclude with a ride along Long Bay Beach. There is a horse for every rider's skill level - including children.
Listed in Conde Nast Traveler's 2008 Hot Spas, the Regent Palms in Providenciales "overhauled its ho-hum facility into a 25,000 square-foot retreat by spa designer Angel Stewarts, a glam Mediterranean enclave with plush white loungers over looking a long reflecting pool."
Try the unusual Zareeba treatment, part of which involves sitting in a 3-sided wooden box and stirring a large vat of herb-laced water to release therapeutic steam, followed by a body wrap and massage. The wide-ranging treatments include Sonya Dakar facials. Massages $135-$165.
Sailing tours, diving trips, private island picnics. Sail Provo can arrange it for you. Convenient location. Highly recommend the catamaran trip.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salt Cay documents the long-gone Bermudan salt industry through its windmills and salinas (salt lakes). Once home to a busy whaling industry as well, Salt Cay has delightful beaches, where visitors can see herds of humpback whales pass by every winter. Two hundred people live on Salt Cay. Popular diving sites include the wreck of the H.M.S. Endymion, complete with a cannon and anchors.
Picturesque and often secluded white sand beach hidden away from the more touristy Grace Bay area. You may feel as if youâ€™re on your own private beach, as travelers often find they have the entire quarter mile stretch of sand to themselves.
This beach is located 1.3 miles from Chalk Sound National Park, on the southern coast of Turks and Caicos.
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On South Caicos, visitors will find fishing villages and a harbor as well as scenic Sail Rock Hills, a good spot for hiking. Look for frigate birds on land and rays and sharks just offshore. Those who schedule a visit during May will be able to get in on the excitement of the annual Commonwealth Regatta.
Spa Tropique has three resort locations, a day spa, and a mobile spa service to rental villas on the island of Providenciales.
Spa locations are at: Ocean Club, Ocean Club West,
and The Sands on Grace Bay.
Massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and many other specialty treatments are offered. Spa products are also available for purchase.
Sun Charters offer a full compliment of excursions. Full day trips take you all the way down the chain of Caicos Cays, retracing the steps of Columbus himself. Half day trips explore parts of the deserted Caicos Cays. Both full and half day trips can include a stop at Little Water Cay to visit the iguanas, and one or two snorkel stops.
Located in the Saltmills Shopping Center, Grace Bay. Great gym, lots of interesting classes to take.
Amazing yoga classes with David Bowen....so incredible that you will FEEL like you are the only one in the class.
Near the Leeward area of Providenciales resides one of only two conch farms in the world (the other is located in Key West, Florida). Conch (pronounced ?conk?) meat is a staple in the Caribbean, and is now enjoyed in many different forms around the world.
You?ll see mollusks raised from egg to adult, and learn how the conch farm is helping to protect the Caribbean queen conch from extinction. Come see how they replenish Conch into the sea. This area is known for conch and this farm ensures it will be for generations. It is quite interesting, and worth a look.
It is open daily from 9 am ? 5 pm.
Every November, the TCI host their own Cannes-like film fest, when they bring down dozens of brand-new international films and celebrities in a week-long Caribbean-style celebration of "Sun, Sand, Sea and Cinema."
Best source for history on Turks and Caicos including the Molasses Reef Shipwreck, Lucayans, Space Race, stamps and plants in the Museum Garden. Recent Research Projects include slavery, Message In A Bottle Project, Royal events, sisal industry, salt industry and shipwrecks.
The museum is housed in Guinep House. There are clues that suggest that the building is over 180 years old, making it one of the oldest surviving private residences in the Turks and Caicos Islands. There is a museum shop, research facilities, a museum archive, and museum library.
An easy bike ride from the resorts at Grace Bay, Turtle Cove offers a bit of shopping, a handful of restaurants and cafes, and a small marina for those interested in a fishing expedition. Follow the path to the beach, and you'll find the highly acclaimed Smith's Reef just offshore, now with a marked trail for snorkelers.
Grand Turk Island in the West Indies is where the USA had a Project Mercury tracking station with the telemetry site operating electronics equipment. This is the base where John Glenn came when he landed from orbiting the earth and splashing down in nearby waters in 1962.
A diver's paradise - that's the reputation of this now-uninhabited island. Visitors on land are treated to dramatic coastal views and can meander among the artifacts of the former sisal and salt industries. Ospreys make their home atop the ruins of abandoned Yankee Town. Look for flamingos and migratory birds at Lake Catherine.
Take a day trip over to Salt Cay and see if you can spot a whale. Just 30 minutes by boat from Providenciales, where our villas are located, this "island that time forgot" is one of the best place in the world to swim with a whale.
The island supported a whaling company in the mid-1800's. Now, whales pass by undisturbed during January through March on the way to their winter breeding grounds on the Mouchoir Banks. Plan ahead to extend your stay in the Turks and Caicos Islands and include a few days on Salt Cay to "See the Whales".