The natural environment of the Turks and Caicos makes for the perfect playground. Along with the unrivalled beaches, there are beautiful wetland and coastal environments, filled with marine and bird life, to explore.
There are no poisonous snakes here, and the most-dangerous insect anyone could likely find is the common paper wasp. Although the flora and fauna in the country is generally innocuous, there are some plants that can cause rashes if touched. See Poisonous Plants, Insects and Animals.
Green Turtles, stingrays, starfish, conch and baby lemon sharks are common sightings in the nature reserve and mangrove habitat islands of Mangrove Cay, Donna Cay, sites that are found close off of Providenciales.
Also within paddling distance is the iguana sanctuary of Little Water Cay (Iguana Island). The Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana is a large herbivore lizard that is quite approachable, so it’s easy to get a close-up view of these interesting animals.
There are several annual holidays and events in the Turks and Caicos with activities especially intended for children.
Typically held in July, the annual Windvibes water sports event holds quite a few children and youth kayak, stand up paddle board, swim, and tug-of-war competitions, complete with great prizes and awards.
The Fools Regatta is another fun day. The Provo Sailing Club, a youth sailing organization, and local businesses host this amateur race and beach party, with different classes for Hobie Cats, Pico sailboats, and more.
Held at the calm and beautiful Bambarra Beach on Middle Caicos, the Valentine’s Day Cup is a model sailboat race, where beautiful handmade miniature Caicos Sloops compete in shallow water.