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.
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.
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 lead to North Caicos. There’s plenty to see, including the highest cliffs in the country, beautiful wetlands, Karst 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.
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.
Outdoor photographers will find endless subjects on land and in the water. If you’ll looking to photograph a critically-endangered animal in its natural environment, it doesn’t get much easier than a visit to Little Water Cay to shoot the friendly and approachable Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana!
Horseback riding is offered both on Providenciales and Grand Turk. Tours take place in very scenic settings, and all tour businesses will typically include beach rides and wading in crystal-clear ocean for those who wish to.
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.
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 are available for those looking to learn.
For those wanting a bit more excitement, guided ATV and buggy tours are offered on Providenciales and Grand Turk.
Another way to discover wild side of the Turks and Caicos is take a day trip to North and Middle Caicos, rent a 4x4, and explore the back roads and lesser-travelled trails.