The Turks and Caicos is one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. We have exquisite turquoise ocean water, white sand beaches, amazing reefs, mangrove wetlands, blue hole underwater caves, and inspiring coasts.
It’s hard for pictures to do the environment of the Turks and Caicos justice, but we assembled some of our favourite photographs here.
One aspect that that put the Turks and Caicos ahead of other tropical destinations is the sheer number of amazing beaches we have. Other countries have a few great beaches, yet almost every coast in our archipelago is unforgettable.
Fine art photographs of the incredible oceanscapes of the Turks and Caicos can be found at many
art galleries in the Grace Bay region on Providenciales. There are aluminium, acrylic, and matted prints to choose from.
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Your vacation can also be a great opportunity to get some outstanding portraits or family photos, with the backdrop of the Beautiful by Nature Turks and Caicos. See
Portrait and Family Photographers.
Leeward Beach is adjacent to Grace Bay to the east, and vies with it in sheer beauty. A few low rock jetties and outcroppings break the white sand beach in a few places, but it’s definitely one of the top beaches in the Turks and Caicos.
Water Cay Beach
The uninhabited paradise of
Water Cay is a top destination for
boat charters from Providenciales. This island offers an amazing beach, low white cliffs, and tranquil seclusion. There’s even a small ship wreck to snorkel on the east side of the cay!
The Wall at Malcolm’s Road
The Turks and Caicos archipelago is supported by an
underwater plateau, and the edges of this plateau usually have quite a dramatic transitions from shallow to deep.
It’s typical for depths to go from 40-50 feet (12-15m) into the thousands. This drop off, or wall, features some of the best
scuba diving and
freediving in the Caribbean, with vibrant coral, schools of colourful fish, and cruising sharks.
Due to their sheltered locations on the leeward side of islands, the Malcolm’s Road area and the
West Caicos Marine National Park off the uninhabited island of
West Caicos have amazing water clarity, and are some of the best spots in the country for underwater photography.
The Turks and Caicos is known for its peaceful beaches and breath-taking blue water, yet we have some awe-inspiring landscapes as well.
Mudjin Harbour on the sparsely-populated island of Middle Caicos is one such vista.
Here, high limestone cliffs overlook the deep blue ocean off the Caicos Plateau. Mudjin Harbour is especially impressive when the ocean swell is high, and the spray from waves breaking over
Dragon Cay can reach more than a hundred feet (30m) high at times.
Kiteboarding at Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach on Providenciales is one of the best kiting locations in the region, with shallow clear water, and a soft sandy ocean floor.
This coast is also a favourite for
horseback riding, and
Provo Ponies can be seen making the trek once or twice a day.
Snorkelling in the Princess Alexandra National Park
Pristine reefs surround the Turks and Caicos, and many are excellent
snorkelling spots. This reef near Leeward on Providenciales offers exquisite coral arches and gulleys, as well as yellow sea fan beds.
Leeward Going Through
This amazing spot is the far northeast point of the island of Providenciales. Its proper name is Leeward Going Through Point, but many refer to it as Emerald Point.
Most of our visitors are unaware that the Turks and Caicos is home to a great number of
underwater caves and blue holes. Some, such as
Cottage Pond on North Caicos and
The Hole on Providenciales are modest tourist attractions, yet others go without recognition. This example is found inland on one of uninhabited islands. That’s a snorkeler in the centre.
West Caicos Marine National Park
West Caicos Marine National Park protects some of the best wall diving in the Caribbean, and features some of the clearest ocean water in our archipelago. Coastal cliffs line the edge of the park here, and the fascinating
Yankee Town historical site is close by as well.
New Year’s Eve at Grace Bay
Grace Bay Beach is a great place to herald in the New Year. Many resorts put on a colourful fireworks displays, and explosions can be seen spanning from Parrot Cay to Northwest Point.
Sand Bars at Parrot Cay
Many of the channels between the Caicos Islands exhibit great visits, with sand bars, turquoise and blue channels, and beautiful beaches.
Parrot Cay shown here is one such site. In the background is the exclusive
Parrot Cay Resort, a retreat that’s a popular choice with
The Turks and Caicos offers a flourishing collection of
rental villas, with vacation homes ranging from quiet cottages to expansive mansions. This rental is
La Koubba, an elegant Moroccan-style home at the beautiful
Sapodilla Bay Beach.
Plandon Cay Cut
Plandon Cay Cut Beach is located off the island of South Caicos and is a picturesque collection of channels, cays and shallows. This area has one of the most impressive range of
water hues in the Turks and Caicos.
Snorkelling at Smith’s Reef
Providenciales has two popular beach
snorkelling reefs: the
Bight Reef and
Smith's Reef. These reefs are home to colour fish, rays, and small creatures such as shrimp, snails, crabs and lobsters.
Eagle rays can often be seen cruising back and forth in the sea grass beds at these shore reefs.
Cannons at Fort Saint George
These large 1700s cannons were once part of a Fort Saint George, a defensive complex that has since completely succumbed to coastal erosion. The cannons are in very shallow water and make for a very interesting snorkelling spot. Today, the uninhabited island of
Fort George Cay is a favourite place for day trips.
The small yet elegant
Grand Turk Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in the Turks and Caicos. This structure was commissioned after the sinking of the R.M.S Medina on North Reef, which was the first
British Royal Mail ship to be lost at sea.
The tiny and isolated island of
French Cay in the Caicos Islands was also a consideration as a lighthouse location. By the later 1700s, many vessels had sunk on the treacherous reefs in the area. At the time the French controlled Haiti, and they sent an engineer to survey the cay. However, the Haitian Revolution occurred and the project was abandoned.
Sloop Wreck in the Caicos Banks
Caicos Banks is an extensive shallow marine bank that’s located off the south coasts of the Caicos Islands. Much of this area features shallow, clear ocean with a sandy bottom. On calm days the Caicos Banks is surreal, as it looks like the world’s largest swimming pool.
Parasailing Over Grace Bay
Parasailing offer a breath-taking view of the exquisite marine environment of the Turks and Caicos. Along with the crystal clear ocean, you’ll see coral, luxury resorts, boats and the fascinating spur and grove formations of the Caicos barrier reef. If there’s an
ocean swell, the waves breaking over the reef are majestic as well.
Sea Fans on the Barrier Reef
Many of the shallow sections of the Caicos barrier reef support a serene environment of sea fan and soft coral. These Gorgonians are found in vibrant hues of yellow and purple, and it difficult for photos to do this underwater scene justice.
There’s even a small cay in the Turks and Caicos that’s sort of shaped like a heart!
Exquisite Leeward Beach
The exquisite sand and turquoise ocean water at
Leeward Beach, Providenciales.