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 diving and snorkelling, extensive marine wetlands that are perfect for kayaking and birdwatching, and incredible coastal environments.
There’s a plethora of boat tours and excursions to choose from as well, which visit secluded beaches, uninhabited cays, snorkelling 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 who’d like to get a little closer to nature, there are several national parks and nature reserves on Providenciales and the nearby islands of North and Middle Caicos, which offer distinct coasts, lagoons, wetlands, and caves to explore.
Relaxing on an incredible beach is of course one of the top thins 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.
The widely-recognized 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.
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.
Providenciales offers more than just one great beach. Some of the island’s best coastlines include Leeward Beach, Long Bay Beach, Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay, which are exquisite and unique in their own rights.
If you’d like to experience festinating 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 snorkelling. You’ll be able to see colourful 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 Malcolm’s Road, 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.
Providenciales has a perfect water sport for everyone. There’s exquisite scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, jet skiing, tubing, fly boarding, and sailing to just name a few.
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 support distinct spur and groove 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.
One of our recommended things to do in Turks and Caicos is to take a snorkelling cruise that visits the barrier reefs and coral heads that surround the islands.
Many 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 to open skiffs with outboards, to small jet boats, and mini power catamarans.
Providenciales is a great vacation destination for salt water sport and recreational fishing.
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 sites that make the Turks and Caicos such a special place, activities, vessels and tour atmosphere varies greatly.
A bit farther off is Fort George Cay, where 1700s cannons can be seen in the ocean where Fort Saint George once stood.
There are quite a few land attractions on Providenciales.
The globally-unique 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.
The 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!
There’s also 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 Blue Hills, 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!