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Turks and Caicos Incredible Photos & Pictures

the beautiful Leeward Beach on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos
The pristine Leeward Beach.

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 favorite photographs here.

If you’re looking for some great things to do and see during your vacation, check out The Best Beaches in the Turks and Caicos, Top Things to Do on Providenciales, and Things to Do in the Turks and Caicos.

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 aluminum, acrylic, and matted prints to choose from.

If you’d like a constant feed of inspiring Turks and Caicos photos, check out our Instagram page.

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.

Grace Bay Beach

sunny day and calm water at Grace Bay Beach

The one and only Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales. This unrivaled beach has taken countless awards and accolades, and is home to a wide range of luxury resorts, from the expansive Beaches Turks and Caicos family all-inclusive, to smaller boutique hotels.

Leeward Beach

calm and turquoise water at Leeward Beach in the Turks and Caicos

The quiet 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

a charter excursion sailboat cruising off of the secluded 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

freediving at the wall on Providenciales

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 colorful 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.

Mudjin Harbour

hiker at Mudjin Harbour

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

kiteboarding at Long Bay Beach on Providenciales

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 favorite for horseback riding, and Provo Ponies can be seen making the trek once or twice a day.

Snorkeling in the Princess Alexandra National Park

aerial view of snorkeling charter in the Turks and Caicos

Pristine reefs surround the Turks and Caicos, and many are excellent snorkeling spots. This reef near Leeward on Providenciales offers exquisite coral arches and gulleys, as well as yellow sea fan beds.

Leeward Going Through

Emerald Point at Leeward in the Turks and Caicos

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.

In the distance here is the nature reserve islands of Little Water Cay. There's always something going on here, from the opulent yachts cruising to and from Blue Haven Marina, to kayakers and wakeboarders enjoying the vibrant turquoise water.

Half Moon Bay Lagoon

aerial photo of the shallow water of Half Moon Bay lagoon and boat

Half Moon Bay, which is a sand bar that connects Little Water Cay to Water Cay, features an amazing beach on its north coast and a crystal-clear sheltered lagoon to the south. The site is a favorite with boat charters and kiteboarders. The indigenous Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana can be seen scurrying through the dunes, and tiny lemon sharks swim through the shallows here.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Mangrove Cay

aerial view of paddle boarders at Mangrove Cay in the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve

The Turks and Caicos supports vast mangrove wetlands, including the extensive Ramsar Nature Reserve off the souths coasts of North Caicos, Middle Caicos, and East Caicos.

Due to its ease of access from Providenciales, Mangrove Cay in the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve is the top paddle boarding and kayaking spot in the country. Local water sports company Big Blue Collective has been pioneering eco adventures into these verdant channels for decades.

Blue Hole

large Karst-process blue hole in the interior of East Caicos

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 our uninhabited islands. That’s a snorkeler in the center of the photo.

West Caicos Marine National Park

freediving in the clear blue water off the cliffs of West Caicos

The 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

the 2016 New Year's Eve fireworks over Grace Bay and Providenciales

Grace Bay Beach is a great place to herald in the New Year. Many resorts put on a colorful fireworks displays, and explosions can be seen spanning from Parrot Cay to Northwest Point.

Sand Bars at Parrot Cay

sand bars and the beach at the Parrot Cay Resort in the Turks and Caicos

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 COMO Parrot Cay Resort, a retreat that’s a popular choice with celebrities.

Greenwich Creek

blue and turquoise water at the East Bay Islands National Park

The shallow Greenwich Creek channel leads into the turquoise lagoon of Bottle Creek at North Caicos. The island seen here is Bay Cay, which is part of the East Bay Islands National Park.

Sapodilla Bay Beach

luxury villa on a bluff overlooking Sapodilla Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos

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

the ocean colours of Plandon Cay Cut and Middle Cay Cut near South Caicos

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.

Snorkeling at Smith’s Reef

snorkeler at Smith's Reef with eagle ray

Providenciales has two popular beach snorkeling reefs: the Bight Reef and Smith's Reef. These reefs are home to colorful 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

small powerboat and submerged cannons at Fort George Cay

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 snorkeling spot. Today, the uninhabited island of Fort George Cay is a favorite place for day trips.

Taylor Bay Beach

wind sand patterns on the beach at Taylor Bay, Providenciales

The south coast beaches of Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay are typically sheltered from the regular eastern trade winds, and the water at these beaches are very calm and shallow. Both locations are home to luxury vacation rentals.

The Grand Turk Lighthouse

the Grand Turk Lighthouse in the Turks and Caicos at sunset

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

wrecked sloop in the shallow waters of the Caicos Banks

The 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 in the Turks and Caicos

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

snorkeling with sea fans in the Turks and Caicos

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's difficult for photos to do this underwater scene justice.

Heart-shaped Island

heart island in Turks and Caicos

There’s even a small cay in the Turks and Caicos that’s sort of shaped like a heart!

Exquisite Leeward Beach

turquoise water and white sand beach at Turks and Caicos

The exquisite sand and turquoise ocean water at Leeward Beach, Providenciales.

The Turks and Caicos has a truly breath-taking spectrum of ocean hues, and several reasons account for this. See Why the Turks and Caicos has the Best Beaches in the World.

Grace Bay

Grace Bay Beach

Another view of the amazing Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales.

La Famille Express

La Famille Express

The La Famille Express off of Long Bay Beach on Providenciales is a very popular boat charter stop. This eye-catching shipwreck was grounded on the shallow Caicos Banks during Hurricane Frances in 2004.

Flamingos in the Turks and Caicos

flamingos in the Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos is home to a wide array of birds, including the Caribbean flamingo, ospreys, many types of herons and egrets, spoonbills, brown pelicans, and more. We have some great birdwatching spots.

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