As a tropical islands destination, the sports and activities to do on land in the Turks and Caicos are a bit more limited compared to the plethora of things to do on and in the ocean.
Similar to the situation with water sports, most land tour and excursion businesses are located on either the islands of Providenciales or Grand Turk.
Hiking, Birdwatching and Nature
If spending time in the great outdoors sounds like a great vacation, our archipelago is the perfect destination.
The Turks and Caicos has countless amazing coastal
hiking locations, however, dedicated trails are lacking. North Caicos and Middle Caicos offer the top hikes, yet the rugged and wild coasts of Providenciales, South Caicos and Salt Cay don’t lag far behind.
Exploring the wilds of Middle Caicos with a Land Rover Discovery.
The Crossing Place Trail on Middle Caicos is the longest (and many would consider the most scenic as well) established trail, and follows the traditional route that led to North Caicos. There’s plenty to see, including the highest cliffs in the country, beautiful wetlands,
Karst cave features, and
beaches with long-travelled flotsam.
All of the main islands in the Turks and Caicos offer secluded and desolate beaches to walk and explore, and each offer a unique atmosphere and experience.
You’ll never know what you may find when
beachcombing. There’s sea shells, interesting bottles, sea glass, and fishing net floats of every age and origin.
Birdwatching is another great nature activity. Saline ponds and mangrove channels are common throughout the Turks and Caicos. Inside these
beautiful environments are an impressive array of wildlife. Great blue herons, yellow-crowned night herons, tri-coloured herons, green herons, reddish egrets, snowy egrets, great egrets, cattle egrets, grebes, and flamingos are common in the wetlands and ponds, and on the coasts there are oyster-catchers, king fishers, ospreys, sanderlings, terns, stilts, and more. If you’re lucky, you may spot one of our rarer species, such as the West Indian whistling duck, peregrine falcon, rosette spoonbill, or frigatebird. There are over 200 species sighted in the Turks and Caicos.
If travel and cultural photography is more appealing, there are many great locations throughout the Turks and Caicos.
Blue Hills and
Five Cays on Providenciales offer beachfront communities with abundant colour and a Caribbean atmosphere.
Bottle Creek on North Caicos support down-to-earth settlements with tropical small-scale agriculture.
Balfour Town on Salt Cay and
Cockburn Town on Grand Turk have a rich British-Bermudian colonial heritage. The fishing village of
Cockburn Harbour on South Caicos doesn’t see much tourism, and consequently exhibits an atmosphere of a bygone Caribbean.
The average Turks and Caicos pony is little smaller than those found at the stables in many other countries, yet is hardy and sure-footed.
West Indian flamingos on Providenciales.
Golf and Tennis
Providenciales is home to the top-rated
Provo Golf Club, featuring a course designed by Karl Litten. This expertly-maintained 18-hole course offers interesting limestone features and ponds teeming with birdlife. The club also has driving nets, chipping and putting areas, as well as tennis courts.
Many resorts, hotels and luxury rental villas feature tennis courts, and lessons by professional instructors are available for those looking to learn.
ATV and Off-Road Tours
For visitors wanting a bit more excitement, guided ATV and buggy tours are offered on Providenciales and Grand Turk.
The largest all-inclusive in the country is
Beaches, a family-oriented complex that features a water park and 19 restaurants. There’s tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer, giant chess, and gaming arcades, as well as the water activities.
Club Med is an adult-only all-inclusive hotel on
Grace Bay Beach with active fitness programs, tennis, trapeze, and a sports field.