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Turks and CaicosTop Things to Do for Kids
The calm and sheltered Taylor Bay Beach.
The natural environment
of the Turks and Caicos makes for the perfect playground! Along with our unrivaled beaches, there are beautiful wetland and coastal environments filled with marine and bird life to explore, and exciting water sports.
The environment of the Turks and Caicos is quite safe, so get out and 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.
The shallow and calm waters of Taylor Bay Beach.
Discover Our Incredible Beaches
The primary attraction in the Turks and Caicos is of course our beaches, and there’s a wealth of incredible and varied beaches to discover. Some of the beaches on Providenciales especially stand out as being a great site for kids, due to their shallow and calm water, and unique setting.
Taylor Bay and
Sapodilla Bay beaches near
Chalk Sound National Park on Providenciales are two such coasts. The ocean at these south coast beaches is shallow, calm, and a little warmer than what’s found on the north coast at Grace Bay Beach and Leeward Beach.
Turtle Tail Beach is another great spot, and offer much the same conditions as Taylor Bay and Sapodilla Bay. Several small rocky islands are also found off the coast, too.
Grace Bay Beach,
Bight Beach, and
Leeward Beach are also excellent and obvious coasts to visit as well.
Snorkeling at the barrier reef off Providenciales.
Snorkeling is another must do activity for adults and children alike. There are many great locations to explore, including several easy to access reefs that start directly off the beach.
Bight Reef is a great place to start. This reef is located in central Providenciales and is home to a menagerie of colorful reef fish, stingrays, turtles, and more. The surrounding lush sea grass also hides, starfish, eagle rays, and turtles.
Smith’s Reef is another great spot, and is a larger and more complex network of reefs and coral heads found near Turtle Cove. The outer reefs of this system are a little too far out for younger kids, yet there’s a plenty to see right off the beach.
Exploring the west side of Providenciales with Ocean Outback Adventures. Some vessels have slides, trampolines, and jumping boards.
Boat Cruises and Excursions
A boat charter is one of our top rated activities, and there’s a tremendous range of vessels, destinations, beaches, and snorkeling reefs to visit.
Most charters are great for kids, and many of the popular tour boats offer water slides, wake tube riding, beach BBQs, and more.
Half Moon Bay, which an extensive sandbar that has filled in between two uninhabited islands, features an exquisite beach on its north side and a shallow and sheltered lagoon to the south, is top place to visit by boat. There’s beautiful coasts to explore, an unparalleled beach, trees for shade, and iguanas scurrying about.
A Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana at Little Water Cay.
See the Iguanas at Little Water Cay
Little Water Cay is a small uninhabited nature reserve island that’s located near Leeward on Providenciales, and the best place in the country to see the docile and unique
Turks and Caicos Islands Rock Iguana.
These large lizards are critically endangered due to their very limited range, so visiting Little Water Cay gives the chance of seeing a threatened species in its native environment.
Many boat cruises to the Caicos Cays, and kayaking, paddle boarding, and ecotours stop at Little Water Cay, so If you’re already planning on one of these activities, it’s probably not necessary to make a special trip to the island.
Horseback riding on the beach is very popular with all ages. Provo Ponies, the oldest and best known stable in the Turks and Caicos, operates in the
Long Bay region of Providenciales. Much of the typical ride takes place on the beach, and there’s the option to wade out in the amazing and shallow turquoise waters of the beautiful beach.
Provo Ponies is very well-equipped for rides with kids, with gentle ponies and horses, and very knowledgeable and experienced guides.
Also within paddling distance is the iguana sanctuary of
Little Water Cay (Iguana Island). These iguanas are a large herbivore lizard that is quite approachable, so it’s easy to get a close-up view of these interesting animals.
The Provo Sailing Club at the Bight Beach in central Providenciales.
Sailing is a very popular activity with both local and visiting kids. Hobie Cats are the most common vessels to sail and many resorts have at least one or two of these little catamarans. The Provo Sailing Academy has several different types of Hobie Cats, Picos, and Laser sailboats, all of which are unsinkable and easy to sail.
With modern kites and gear, kiteboarding is easier than ever, and most kids can begin to get on the water after only a few hours of professional instruction.
The Valentine's Day Cup model sailboat race at Bambarra Beach.
Great Annual Events
There are two great annual events held in the Turks and Caicos that especially cater to kids: the Valentine’s Day Cup held at Middle Caicos in February, and the Fool’s Regatta held on Providenciales in June.
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.
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 of events for Hobie Cats, Pico sailboats and other vessels. There’s great food, fun activities, and more.
Parasailing at Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos.
Parasailing is another great thing to do for all ages. All parasailing takes place off the north coast of Providenciales at Grace Bay and the Bight Beach, and there’s an incredible range of sights, including the intricate barrier reef, the beach, clear turquoise water, the resorts, cruising boats, and even possibly
Jojo the Dolphin!
Most parasail boats are setup to have up to three passengers per flight, which makes the experience even more fun!
Cliff jumping at the crystal clear water at West Caicos.
Kid’s camps are organized ecotours or boat cruise adventures that are especially geared towards children. A few water sports businesses and resorts on Providenciales offer such a
Big Blue Collective, which is one of the primary water sports businesses in the Turks and Caicos, hosts a kid’s camp experience for a few weeks every July for children between the ages of 9 and 16. Their camp combines a great range of learning and fun activities, including snorkeling, cliff jumping at West Caicos, wetland ecotours, and much more.
Turks and Caicos Potcake puppies on Grace Bay Beach. Photo by Brilliant Studios.
Did you know that the Turks and Caicos and Bahamas has their very own breed of dogs? Potcakes are a mid-sized dog that’s a mixture of terriers and other breeds that were introduced into the tropical Atlantic in the late 1700s and 1800s, and may even have ancestors with the small barkless hunting dogs introduced to the Caribbean region by the
Potcake Place is a non-profit rescue charity, located at the
Saltmills Plaza in Grace Bay. The charity’s primary goal is to place stay local dogs in caring homes, and they encourage visitors and locals to take foster puppies out for socialization walks on Grace Bay Beach! Fair warning: you very well may end up with a new pet if the family visits Potcake Place!