The Turks and Caicos Islands offer plenty of opportunities for having fun. The main claim to fame for the country are the spectacular beaches, crowned by the award-winning seven mile long Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales.
The diving and snorkelling here is exquisite. The islands sit on an underwater plateau that rises more than 11,000 feet (3365 meters) above the surrounding ocean floor, and the edges of this shelf are lined by miles and miles of unspoiled barrier reef. There’re numerous wall-diving sites and sheltered reefs teeming with sea life to explore.
For those who haven’t yet discovered SCUBA diving, the many experienced local dive operators will get you through a PADI-certified course and in the ocean with little stress.
The whole gamut of water sports can be found in the Turks and Caicos Islands, including kiteboarding, wakeboarding, parasailing, windsurfing and Hobie Cat sailing. Kayaking and paddle boarding eco-tours through the mangroves and shallow flats of the nature reserves are excellent ways to get a look at the amazing sea life and birds found in the islands.
Providenciales is the center for the excellent sport fishing found in the Turks and Caicos. Every year, several tournaments take place, from the international Caicos Classic billfishing event held in Turtle Cove Marina to many smaller reef and bottom fishing contests.
Although the options may appear limited when compared to our ocean attractions, The Turks and Caicos offers quite a lot to do on land. The Provo Golf Club on Providenciales is recognized as one of the top ten golf courses in the Caribbean. Several organized sports including football, rugby and cricket are regularly played here, and tennis is offered at most hotels and resorts. Horseback riding along the beach and in the sea at Long Bay Beach on Providenciales is another popular attraction that's gaining attention.
On Salt Cay and Grand Turk, the old-world charm of the classic Turks and Caicos can be experienced though the 200 year old colonial British Bermudian architecture, the free-roaming donkeys, and ruins from the salt producing days.
The Turks and Caicos National Museum on Front Street in Grand Turk is another attraction that can't be missed. Amongst the exhibits housed in the museum are thousand year-old Lucayan artifacts and the Molasses Reef Wreck collection, where remains from the oldest European shipwreck excavated in the Western Hemisphere can be seen.
There are many great scenic areas and spots of natural interest around the islands. Middle Caicos probably offers the most to nature lovers with the Mudjin Harbour coastline of two miles of breathtaking cliffs and beaches, and Conch Bar Caves, the largest above-ground cave system in the Bahamas - Turks and Caicos archipelago.
An excursion to see the friendly Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas on Little Water Cay is another great way to spend some time. Bird watchers will enjoy the natural parks and nature reserves found across the country, where flamingos, egrets, herons, ospreys, pelicans and ducks can be regularly seen. Near Salt Cay and Grand Turk, thousands of humpback whales pass through the Turks Island Passage in late winter every year.
The Turks and Caicos is made up of several inhabited islands, and the sights and attractions vary by island. If you know which islands you will be visiting, see our island-specific pages.