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Airplane over Little Water Cay.

Islands of the Turks and Caicos

conch shell on the beautiful Leeward Beach in the Turks and Caicos
Leeward Beach, Providenciales.

The Turks and Caicos is composed of about one hundred islands and cays of varying size, of which only eight are inhabited. Each of our main islands is unique in terms of history, natural and historical attractions.

What the Turks and Caicos Offers

You should first ask yourself what you're looking for in your Caribbean holiday. The appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands are spectacular beaches, a pristine marine environment, and excellent water sports and activities.

If you're looking for a relaxing time at the beach, you cannot do better than the Turks and Caicos. Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales is of course famous, but all of our islands have really beautiful white sand beaches.

Due to the extensive barrier reef and impressive walls, diving throughout the Turk and Caicos is spectacular. Providenciales offers a great selection of dive shops and access to exceptional sites, but boat trips out can longer than what is typical for Grand Turk and Salt Cay.

Which Island is the Best for You?

thatch palms and Half Moon Bay from a bluff on Water Cay
Half Moon Bay and Water Cay.

The different islands in the Turks and Caicos each bring something unique to the table.

Providenciales is of course the centre for beaches, luxury resorts, fine dining, marinas and shopping. It’s also the place to be for many water sports and activities, such as snorkelling, kiteboarding, parasailing and boat cruises. Diving is excellent. The majority of the population in the country lives here and all scheduled international flights land at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS).

Home to the capital of Cockburn Town, up until the last few decades Grand Turk has been the centre of activity in the Turks and Caicos. The country’s only cruise ship port is found here, along with the best historical attractions, including the Grand Turk Lighthouse, Turks and Caicos National Museum and Her Majesty's Prison.

The wild North Caicos and Middle Caicos offer a different perspective. The greenest islands in the country, plantations here once exported cotton and sisal. Today, a quiet atmosphere, vast undeveloped land, secluded and impressive coastlines, and great natural points of interest are the main draws.

the view of Mudjin Harbour and Dragon Island from the large open gallery cave
The majestic Mudjin Harbour beach, Middle Caicos.

Often overlooked, the quiet Salt Cay and South Caicos offer visitors the chance to experience the Caribbean untouched by tourism. These little islands have both had a lucrative past producing sea salt for export, but have seen declining economies since the end of the industry in the early 1900s. There’s a lot of and beach and coastal scenery to explore.

Why not the Turks and Caicos Islands?

If you're looking for casinos or nightlife, you would be better off visiting Las Vegas or another Caribbean destination. There are few casinos and nightlife options, so you would probably be disappointed.

Uninhabited Islands