Crystal-clear water at Leeward Beach, Providenciales.
Providenciales is an incredible
tropical vacation destination, and there’s a tremendous selection of things to do for all ages. With some of the nicest
beaches and water in the world, it’s no surprise that most activities on Providenciales involve the ocean. There are exquisite reefs for
snorkeling, extensive marine wetlands that are perfect for
birdwatching, and incredible coastal environments.
There’s a wonderful collection of boat tours and excursions to choose from as well, which visit secluded beaches,
uninhabited cays, snorkeling reefs and great nature sites. Cruises are a great way to get out on the water and experience the beautiful environment of the islands.
For those who wish to get a little closer to nature, there are several
national parks and nature reserves on Providenciales and the nearby islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos, which offer distinct coasts, lagoons, wetlands, and
caves to explore.
The incredible beach at Half Moon Bay and Little Water Cay.
Relaxing on an incredible beach is of course one of the top things to do in the Turks and Caicos, and there’s an impressive number of perfect white sand beaches across our archipelago.
Our spectacular beaches are complimented by some of the most vibrant turquoise and blue waters in the Caribbean – a view that has to be seen to be believed.
Grace Bay Beach is befittingly the most-popular beach in the Turks and Caicos, and is the nation’s hallmark. There’s miles of soft sand, vivid turquoise water, and no crowds.
Many of the north coast beaches on Providenciales are part of the spectacular
Princess Alexandra National Park, which includes barrier reef, shallow bays, and marine wetland islands.
Tubing on the beautiful waters of the Turks and Caicos with Wake to Wake Watersports.
Parasailing is a great activity that offers incredible views over the reefs, turquoise water, beach, and
resorts. Excursions can be booked in advance, or arranged directly on the beautiful Grace Bay Beach.
If you’d like to experience fascinating and diverse marine life, great reefs surround the Turks and Caicos. The
Bight Reef and
Smith's Reef in central Providenciales are found close of the beach and are perfect for
shore snorkeling. You’ll be able to see colorful fish, turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, and small sharks in incredible reef and sea grass settings.
For those interested in the exciting water sport of
kiteboarding, the brilliantly-turquoise
Long Bay Beach is a fantastic
kite location and one of the finest spots in the Caribbean. The wind here is consistent and the water is the perfect depth with a soft sandy bottom, which makes for a great learning environment.
On the wild side are the remote beaches at
West Harbour Bluff and
Northwest Point, where reefs, coastal cliffs and clear water can be found. The western coastlines are quite close to the edge of the underwater marine plateau of the Caicos Islands and thus have a bit more of a rugged atmosphere, with deep blue water and rolling waves.
The Turks and Caicos has always had a great reputation for scuba diving, which is supported by some of the best wall diving in the tropical Atlantic. There are many sites where the depth drops abruptly from the barrier reef to 7000 feet (2100m).
A complex barrier reef systems surrounds much of our archipelago, and this network supports distinct spur and groove reef formations, coral arches, and sand chutes.
Marine wildlife is varied, with amazing diversity of hard and soft corals, fish, turtles, rays, sharks and dolphins. There are many qualified dive shops with professional scuba instructors if you’re looking to learn this popular water sport. During the winter months, our islands are also visited by humpback whales! Whale watching is availible from Providenciales, Grand Turk, and Salt Cay, and on some trips it may even possible to snorkel with the whales!
Snorkeling charter in the amazing waters of the Turks and Caicos.
One of our recommended things to do in Turks and Caicos is to take a
snorkeling cruise that visits the barrier reefs and coral heads that surround the islands.
resorts and hotels, especially the large
all-inclusive resorts, feature a fun range of complimentary water sports equipment. The flotilla usually includes ocean kayaks, stand up paddle boards, Hobie Cat sailboats, snorkel gear, and windsurfers.
Another option for the adventurous is a
boat rental. The choices range from open skiffs with outboards, to small jet boats, and mini power catamarans.
Providenciales is a great vacation destination for salt water sport and recreational
As small islands, prefect conditions for
deep sea fishing are found just minutes from the dock. There’s a range of private fishing charters to choose from, with vessels ranging from large and luxurious sport fishing boats to smaller and fast wahoo boats.
Reef and bottom fishing is another great activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. There are snappers, groupers, jacks, and yellowtails.
We also have extensive and beautiful marine flats for
bonefishing. The waters of the Turks and Caicos features great clarity, so it’s possible to spot bonefish, tarpon, and barracuda prowling the shallows from quite a distance.
Another unforgettable way to spend the day is on a boat cruise, which is definitely one of our top things to do.
There’s a plethora of boat tours and charters to choose from, and these trips visit the amazing sites that make the Turks and Caicos such a special place. Activities, vessels and tour atmosphere varies greatly by each local excursion company.
The breath-taking view from the cliffs at Mudjin Harbour on Middle Caicos.
One activity that definitely should be considered by all guests visit Providenciales is a day trip to one of our other islands. There are several great options, including the green and verdant island of North Caicos and Middle Caicos, and the historical islands of Grand Turk, South Caicos, and Salt Cay.
North Caicos and Middle Caicos are easy to get to from Provo via a passenger ferry, and are connected by a road causeway, so getting around is easy. Explore Mudjin Harbour, Conch Bar Caves, Bambarra Beach, Indian Cave, Sandy Point Beach with Parrot Cay as it’s backdrop, Three Marys Cays, and much more.
Grand Turk was once the center government in the islands, and has the picturesque beachfront colonial Cockburn Town, which is home to the Turks and Caicos National Museum, the Victoria Library, and beautiful old Victorian-era buildings. Outside of town is the incredible Governor’s Beach and the Grand Turk Lighthouse.
South Caicos excels as a destination for wild and scenic landscapes, with rugged coastlines and some of the most breath-taking water hues in the country. The channels between the small uninhabited cays on the northern end of South Caicos display brilliant turquoise, blue, emerald, and topaz colors.
Last but not least is Salt Cay. This small island offers fascinating salt industry history, secluded and pristine beaches, and friendly locals. Golf carts are the primary means of transport on the cay, and it’s fun to zip around, see the donkeys, beaches, and old buildings.
There are quite a few land attractions on Providenciales.
Chalk Sound National Park is one of the top landscapes in the country, and offers a largely landlocked lagoon with brilliant turquoise water and hundreds of small islands.
Providenciales doesn’t quite have the selection of
historical sites that can be found on some of our other islands, yet there is
Cheshire Hall Plantation, a 1700s
Loyalist cotton site. Today, paths lead around the various ruins and features here and offer a perspective of what life was like in our archipelago in past centuries.
A little out of the ordinary, the
Caicos Conch Farm is the only such site in the country, and raises
conch for local and international use. Get a close-up look at this fascinating giant marine snail.
Turk’s Head Brewery, the sole brewer in the country, now offers factory tours and tastings. See this small-scale factory in operation, and pick up some beer at the best prices in the country!
The Hole at
Long Bay Hills, which is a giant natural sinkhole in the limestone bedrock of the island. This chasm drops to water below, and was formed by the
Karst process of dissolution as slightly acidic water eroded the soft limestone.
Birdwatching is likewise great, and the Turks and Caicos attracts an interesting array of birds. The flamingos, herons, egrets, pelicans, and ospreys are impressive, yet there’s a number of less-common species to be seen, such as the West Indian whistling duck, peregrine falcon, and the frigatebird.
Another great activity is an
ATV tour in the west coast national parks. You’ll see remote beaches, marine wetlands, coastal cliffs and more.
There are some great scenic drives on the island as well, including the beachfront road that leads past the historical settlement of
Chalk Sound Drive, and the beautiful and winding road that leads through the
Turtle Tail area.
If you’d rather have a guide, several
land tours by taxi, truck or
Vespa scooter are available, and visit scenic viewpoints, great beaches, centuries-old rock inscriptions, and
local cuisine restaurants. Most tours are quite flexible in the schedule and places they visit, so it’s often possible to book the tour to the sights and scenes you’d prefer!