One Week Itinerary for aFirst Time Visit to Turks & Caicos
A private boat charter at a deserted beach in the Turks and Caicos.
This guide is a general itinerary for a one week stay on the island of Providenciales for first time visitors to the Turks and Caicos.
It’s important to keep in mind that this is just a general outline. The beach and ocean is the top attraction of the Turks and Caicos, and the trick is to find the best way for you to enjoy the tropical environment. For some, it’s simply lounging in the water and at the beach. Others will want to discover
water sports and other
In addition to you flights and accommodation, you’ll want to make some other reservation well in advance of your visit as well. We advise also booking
boat charters, reservations at popular fine dining
restaurants, and activities such as
horseback riding with Provo Ponies as soon as your vacation dates are settled.
renting a car for the duration of your stay. There is no public transport in the Turks and Caicos, and
taxis can be quite expensive.
World famous Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos.
Providenciales is home to a great selection of restaurants. We advise making reservations at any fine dining restaurants that you want to try, especially during the winter and spring high season, and especially in the case of popular restaurants such as Coco Bistro.
Casual restaurants usually don’t require a reservation.
Typically, it takes 1-2 hours to clear immigration and customs, collect your rental car, and check into your accommodation. During the height of the “
high season”, there may be a bit of a que at the
Providenciales International Airport. Some regular visitors to the country use the
Fast Track service to bypass the lines.
Your arrival day is also a great time to stock up on some food, drinks and other necessities. There are several
supermarkets to choose from, the
Wine Cellar offers the widest selection of alcohol, and the cheapest beer on the island is found by the case at the
Turk's Head Brewery.
A wonderful way to spend the remainder of the day is to enjoy one of Providenciales’
Day 1 – Grace Bay Beach
Discover and enjoy
Grace Bay Beach. There’s a reason that this exquisite beach often ranks as the best beach in the world – the clear turquoise water and sugar-soft white sand of this coast is breath taking.
If you’d like to explore more than Grace Bay, try the Stubb’s Point (also known as Pelican Point) or the Emerald Point area of
Leeward Beach. Likewise, the
Bight Beach and
Long Bay Beach are also spectacular.
Day 2 – Boat Charter to the Caicos Cays
Fort George Cay is a spectacular destination for boat charters.
cruise to the Caicos Cays. Your boat charter is something that you should schedule well in advance of your visit, as availability on popular excursions can be limited.
Snorkelling on the barrier reef is an amazing experience. The offshore reefs offer a different atmosphere to the
beach reefs. The water tends to be clearer and bluer, there are fields of waving sea fans, and you’re more likely to see one of the larger sea creatures such as a dolphin or
Day 3 – Island Tour and Chalk Sound
Mansion at Silly Creek, Providenciales. There are many beautiful coastal area to explore.
Once you’ve spent a day or two on the water, it can be fun to explore Providenciales by car. A good place to start is touring the scenic
Venetian Road and
Turtle Tail area, which offers turquoise waters, coastal bluffs, elegant villas, and a few secluded beaches.
Blue Hills, the original settlement on Providenciales, offers a quaint beachfront drive with a laid-back Caribbean feel.
Day 4 – Snorkelling and More Beaches
Smith's Reef is an excellent snorkelling site.
Another wonderful way to spend part of the day is snorkel at some of the amazing
shore reefs Providenciales.
Two centrally located sites, the
Bight Reef and
Smith’s Reef, offer beautiful underwater sights. Both are located directly off the beach.
The Bight Reef (Coral Gardens), is the more popular of the two reefs, and is very easy to find and navigate. A single reef system leads off the beach for several hundred feet out, and there’s plenty of coral and colourful fish to see. Sea turtles are also common sightings as well!
If it’s a breezy day, it’s also fun to watch the kiteboarding at Long Bay Beach.
We advise arriving at your airline check-in 3 hours prior to flight departure time during the winter and spring months, and 2 hours prior to departure during the summer and fall seasons.
Guided ATV tour on Providenciales.
If you have time to more activities, the following are some additional ideas.
Potcake Place, a non-profit dog rescue charity, welcomes visitors to take a Potcake puppy out for walk on Grace Bay Beach, which is a very popular thing to do, especially with children.
If you’re staying at a vacation rental or a smaller hotel, yet would like to have a bit of the resort experience, a
day pass to one of the larger resorts can be quite fun.
Beaches, and several other
all-inclusive resorts offer day and evening passes.