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33 Best Things to Do in Turks and Caicos in 2024

Searching for the best things to do in Turks and Caicos? Look no further! From swimming with whales to enjoying the best beaches in the world, this list has something for everyone!

Imagine white sand beaches surrounded by crystalline turquoise waters, friendly people, and luxury accommodations. If there’s a paradise on earth to begin exploring, it would undoubtedly be Turks and Caicos.

Every day is like living in paradise in Turks and Caicos. This tropical archipelago has over 40 islands and cays making it one of the world’s best beach destinations for singles, couples, and families.

Each island is a unique destination with so much to do and discover. Other than going island hopping, you can indulge in world-class spas, luxury resorts, fine dining, and explore the vast and pristine marine life. It’s also an opportunity to revel in the island’s unique culture and tradition. With sunny days and great weather ahead, here are some of the most interesting things awaiting you in Turks and Caicos.

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33 Best Things to Do & Attractions in Turks and Caicos

A humpback whale swimming in the ocean.
My new friend I met snorkeling with whales on Salt Cay!

1. Snorkeling with Humpback Whales on Salt Cay

Hands down the coolest thing to do in Turks and Caicos is snorkeling with humpback whales! However, this activity is highly dependent on the time of year you visit and the behavior of the whales. (The whales aren’t going to want to hang out with tourists every day!)

The tiny community of Salt Cay is the best spot for doing this, and the best time of year is between January-March. I, personally, went the first week of February and had incredible luck. Every time I was in the water I was able to see a whale!

I had booked an entire week on Salt Cay, so I could maximize my chances of seeing the whales. (Below, is a video of a humpback whale that swam right up to me!)

Read next: 15 Fun Things to Do on Salt Cay in Turks & Caicos

I would suggest a minimum of 3 days on Salt Cay to give yourself the best opportunity to see and/or snorkel with the whales. Book a place via VRBO. I also highly recommend using Salt Cay Divers for your whale excursions while on Salt Cay (or any excursions for that matter).

Richard and Karen are outstanding and will make sure you have the best trip of your life! (Note: They’re not paying me to say that. I get absolutely nothing if you book with them. I just want my readers to know how amazing these two are!!)

Read next: 8 Things to Know Before Swimming With Humpback Whales in Turks & Caicos

Aerial shot of Grace Bay Beach.
Grace Bay Beach

2. Relax on The World’s Best Beaches

Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales continues to be voted as the “best beach in the world” on many different travel sites (most notably Tripadvisor). It’s not hard to see why!

With its pristine white sand beaches and vibrant turquoise waters, it’s so perfect, it looks as though it were photoshopped. There are many luxurious all-inclusive resorts along Grace Bay Beach – I, personally stayed at Beaches Turks & Caicos and highly recommend it.

However, you don’t need to shell out the big bucks to get access to this stunning beach! Grace Bay Beach is a public beach, so you can save money by staying slightly off the water and walking to the beach.

You can rent a vacation rental (I promise, affordable ones do exist), or by staying at a budget-friendly hotel like Grace Bay Suites. I’ve also stayed at this hotel and was more than happy with my room for the price. You’re less than a 5-minute walk to the beach, and you get a breakfast voucher (which is unheard of in many hotels in Turks and Caicos)!

Pillory Beach in Grand Turk with palm trees and turquoise water.
Pillory Beach on Grand Turk

While Grace Bay Beach gets all the glory, I do want to point out that Pillory Beach on Grand Turk is equally, if not MORE, beautiful than Grace Bay.

The Bohio Dive Resort and the Osprey Hotel have prime access to this beach. (The Osprey has better food, but the Bohio looks as though it were plucked from a postcard!)

And if you’re looking for a bit of solitude, head over to Long Bay Beach. It’s less crowded, offering a tranquil environment for those seeking peace and quiet

Snorkeling in Turks and Caicos

3. Go Snorkeling

The visibility for snorkeling (and diving) in Turks and Caicos is unbelievable! If you only do one thing while in Turks and Caicos (besides hanging out on the beach), you have to make sure to go snorkeling.

Beach Snorkeling

On the western end of Grace Bay is Bight Reef (or Coral Gardens), a popular and accessible beach reef ideal for beach snorkeling where guests can approach a number of colorful reef fish, turtles, and lobsters.

There’s also Smith’s Reef on Turtle Cove, Malcolm’s Road, and Northwest Point as notable spots to explore. Salt Cay also has incredible beach snorkeling on its northwest end.

Snorkeling Excursions

Another option is to do a snorkeling excursion! There are many companies that will boat you out to some of the best snorkel sites in Turks and Caicos – and some even include food and drinks. (If you stay at an all-inclusive resort like Beaches, this is included in your stay.)

Scuba diving in Turks and Caicos is one of the best things to do

4. Experience World-Class Scuba Diving

The deeper one explores, the better the view. This rings true when you go scuba diving in Turks and Caicos. Many folks who visit Turks and Caicos are coming for the sole purpose of diving. Turks and Caicos is a divers’ paradise!

The islands are renowned for their exceptional scuba diving opportunities and offer a chance to explore the vibrant marine life in crystal clear waters. The islands are surrounded by one of the most extensive coral reef systems worldwide, which makes it a paradise for divers.

“The Grand Turk Wall” provides some of the best diving in the world. This wall is 7,000 feet deep and is home to many different forms of marine wildlife.

Some other great areas for diving include West Caicos Marine National Park, Princess Alexandra National Park, and French Cay. Again, I’m also biased to Salt Cay, as you will have an INCREDIBLE experience diving just minutes from the shore with Salt Cay Divers.

A stingray is swimming in the shallow water.

5. Swim With the Stingrays in Gibbs Cay (Grand Turk)

Gibbs Cay is not only a great place to snorkel, but it’s also home to a friendly population of stingrays. The moment a boat pulls up to the shores, the rays are waiting to greet the tourists.

You can feed them, touch them, and even hold them in your arms. The guides are always on hand to ensure your safety and to teach you about the stingrays and their behavior.

I actually had a couple of stingrays try to eat my GoPro when I hopped in the water! (It freaked me out a bit at first, but after a few moments, it was a really neat experience to swim these guys!)

An aerial view of a blue hole in Turks and Caicos Islands.

6. Visit Chalk Sound Blue Hole (Provo)

A 400-yard wide, 220-foot-deep underwater sinkhole in Chalk Sound, Providenciales that’s teeming with marine wildlife including sharks and sea turtles.

The Blue Hole is surrounded by small, uninhabited cays that are home to a variety of bird species, which also makes it an ideal spot for birdwatchers. You can rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the lagoon and get up close to the Blue Hole.

The crystal-clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, and you might even spot a few colorful fish and sea turtles.

It’s also a popular drop-off to visiting divers. Those looking for a rare adventure may find this deep blue hole a satisfying feat to explore.

A man and woman riding horses on a beach.

7. Try Horseback Riding on the Beach

Exploring the turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos on horseback may seem like the stuff from fairy tales and movies, but it’s entirely possible in the waters of Long Bay Beach, Blue Hill Beach, and Five Cays Beach.

Beginners or experienced equestrians are treated to unique routes while wading in paradise with well-trained ponies and horses.

An aerial view of a person kayaking in the ocean.

8. Go Kayaking (any of the islands!)

If you’re looking for a way to explore the Turks and Caicos Islands from a different perspective, kayaking is a fun choice. It allows you to paddle through the clear, calm waters of the islands at your own pace, taking in the breathtaking scenery and wildlife.

The island’s pristine waters are home to many types of marine life, and you will get an opportunity to see them up close in their natural habitat when kayaking.

On a good day, the network of wetlands and waterways are brimming with turtles, sharks, bonefishes, stingrays, and starfish among others. Many kayak rentals will also have the option of renting a clear-bottom kayak!

An iguana sitting on a stone wall in TCI.

9. Visit the Rock Iguanas in Little Water Cay

When discovering the wildlife of Turks and Caicos, you will be thrilled to know that it’s also home to Rock Iguanas (Cyclura carinata). They dwell mostly in Little Water Cay (Iguana Island), Mangrove Cay, and Bay Cay.

Note that the Rock Iguanas are protected by law and that they’re critically endangered, so observing caution is a must when visiting their habitat.

Getting to Little Water Cay is easy, with regular boat trips departing from Providenciales. Once you arrive, you can enjoy a guided tour, where you’ll learn all about the iguanas and the conservation efforts being made to protect them.

The beautiful Half Moon Bay island in Bahama and Caribbean sea ocean
The beautiful Half Moon Bay island.

10. Caicos Cays Boat Cruise

Another thing you have to do in Turks and Caicos is taking a boat cruise through Caicos Cays.  This archipelago of small islets is a hidden gem with pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and a vibrant marine ecosystem that’s just waiting to be explored.

The small cays between Providenciales and North Caicos are easier to get around through a boat cruise. Each cay is a gem and has miles of white sand beaches that offer total privacy.

Popular cruise destinations include the Little Water Cay where iguanas inhabit, the lagoon at Half Moon Bay, a secluded beach at Water Cay, the sunken cannons at Fort George Cay, and the Leeward Reef which’s perfect for snorkeling.

A boat with a parasail in the water.

11. Try Parasailing on Grace Bay

Get the best bird’s-eye view of Providenciales in the most exciting way possible through parasailing.

Glide at over 200 hundred feet (60 m) in the air and get treated with stunning views of Grace Bay, white sand beaches, barrier reef, and crystal-clear waters.

Most flights allow for a 15–20-minute ride but those who prefer longer sessions may book a private session.

Read next: A First-Timer’s Guide to Parasailing – What to Expect, What to Wear + When to Go

The inside of a cave with green and brown formations in Conch Bar Caves (Middle Caicos).

12. Explore the Conch Bar Caves (Middle Caicos)

Spanning over 1.5 miles is the Conch Bar Caves, named after the nearby village of Conch Bar and is one of the biggest non-submerged cave systems in the Caribbean land.

You can sign up for a 20-30-minute guided tour through The National Trust and take in the wonders of the cave formations, wildlife, lagoons, ice-like stalactites and stalagmites, and colonies of bats.

An aerial view of the Mudjin Harbor Landscape (Middle Caicos).

13. Enjoy the Mudjin Harbor Landscape (Middle Caicos)

Enjoy one of the most serene landscapes in Middle Caicos that is Mudjin Harbour. his area is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, featuring dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and a vibrant turquoise sea.

It’s a three-mile (4.8km) stretch of breathtaking beach views and coastline one can spend hours looking at especially if there’s a high ocean swell. Adorning the harbor are high limestone cliffs, a large open-faced cave, and the rocky Dragon Cay.

14. Visit the Turks and Caicos National Museum (Grand Turk)

Those who dabble in history can visit the country’s only museum in Guinep House located at the historical Front Street in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk.

One of the museum’s highlights is the Molasses Reef Wreck, featuring a 1500s caravel, the oldest European shipwreck to be excavated in the western hemisphere. Notable exhibits also include the indigenous people of Turks and Caicos and Tainos artifacts.

You’ll also find exhibits dedicated to the salt industry that once thrived here, as well as the space race, which has a surprising connection to the islands.

Grand Turk Lighthouse on top of a hill.

15. See the Grand Turk Lighthouse

Another remnant of the country’s rich history can be found in this 60-foot-tall lighthouse overlooking the north creek. Built in 1852 by British architect Alexander Gordon to alert sailors of the shallow reef and waters, the lighthouse is located at the highest point of the island along the coastal area of Grand Turk.

The lighthouse is more than just a piece of history, though. It’s also a great spot for panoramic views of the surrounding turquoise sea and the island itself. You can climb the lighthouse for a small fee, and trust me, the views from the top are absolutely worth it.

While you’re there, don’t forget to explore the lighthouse grounds. There’s a small museum that provides insight into the island’s history, and the surrounding area is perfect for a picnic.

A building with a green door and a sign that says H.M. prison.

16. Visit the Victorian-era Her Majesty’s Prison (Grand Turk)

Another historical site worth visiting is the Victorian-era complex in old Cockburn Town on Grand Turk called Her Majesty’s Prison. Built in the 1830s, this centuries-old prison housed petty crime offenders averaging to six prisoners at the time but expanded to accommodate up to 60 prisoners until its closure in 1994.

Its small size and antiquated design are a stark contrast to modern-day correctional facilities, and provide an intriguing insight into the penal practices of the Victorian era.

Today, the prison has been beautifully restored and transformed into a museum.

The prison’s exhibits display a collection of historical artifacts and information panels, telling the stories of notable prisoners and the harsh conditions they endured.

Despite its grim past, the prison is surrounded by a charming garden, filled with native plants and a peaceful ambiance. It’s a serene spot to take a moment and reflect on the island’s history.

A beach with clear blue water and white sand.

17. Explore Columbus Landfall National Park (Grand Turk)

With over 1,280 acres dedicated to beaches, fishing zones, and well-kept dive sites, there’s no shortage of fun activities to do at Columbus Landfall National Park.

It’s said to be the first site that Christopher Columbus reached while on a historic voyage to the New World. It’s also home to much of the island’s reefs and beaches. The park is also a haven for bird watchers, with over 170 species of birds recorded here.

It also features a variety of trails perfect for hiking and exploring. You can also find several historical landmarks within the park, including the replica of the Columbus Monument.

The remnants of the Salt Salinas in Salt Cay.
The remnants of the Salt Salinas in Salt Cay

18. Learn About the Old Sea Salt Industry (Grand Turk, South Caicos, or Salt Cay)

Centuries ago, sea salt was the country’s primary product, exporting over 140 million pounds throughout North America until it ceased production.

However, much of the country’s remnants of the sea salt industry can still be seen today on Salt Cay, at the Salt House Museum in Grand Turk, and the Boiling Hole in South Caicos, despite its closure in the 1950s.

The salt was harvested from the shallow salt pans that are still visible today, especially on Salt Cay. These salt pans, or salinas as they were called, were filled with seawater, which was then left to evaporate under the hot Caribbean sun, leaving behind the precious salt.

In South Caicos, you can walk around the old salt works and see the windmills that were used to pump seawater into the salinas. And in Salt Cay, you can explore the old salt ponds and even try your hand at salt raking, just like the islanders did centuries ago.

Read next: 20 of the Coolest Villas in Turks and Caicos You Can Rent

Sapodilla Hill Shipwreck Carvings.

19. See the Sapodilla Hill Shipwreck Carvings (Provo)

Etched into weather-beaten rocks on Sapodilla Hill are names, dates, and symbols left by shipwrecked sailors who were stranded during the age of sail.

Most of the markings are left between the 1700s to 1800s, and to a modern individual, these are historic gems waiting to be seen just over on Providenciales.

They left behind messages, symbols, and images that tell tales of their time on the island. As you explore, you’ll see names, dates, and even detailed ship images chiseled into the rock.

A road on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

20. Take a Scenic Drive in Turtle Tail and Chalk Sound Drive (Provo)

Another way to take in the beauty of the islands is to go on a scenic drive for a change of pace. Recently paved routes like the Turtle Tail and Chalk Sound Drive are great vantage points to see the picturesque coastal bluffs and hilltops.

Turtle Tail offers a unique blend of luxury homes, secluded beaches, and stunning turquoise waters. The drive through this area is absolutely stunning. Don’t forget to stop by the small coves and beaches along the way for a quick dip or a picnic.

Next, head over to Chalk Sound Drive. This national park is famous for its incredibly vibrant turquoise lagoon dotted with hundreds of tiny islands. The views are simply breathtaking, and the serene atmosphere is perfect for a peaceful drive. You can also take a break and rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the lagoon and its islands.

Those who want to see the oldest settlement on Providenciales can stop by the Blue Hills Roads.

Pro tip: If you are not staying at an all-inclusive resort, I highly recommend renting a car. Cabs are crazy expensive, and the traffic is not too bad!

Cheshire Hall Plantation in Provo, Turks and Caicos.

21. Tour Cheshire Hall Plantation (Provo)

Another one of the country’s top produce centuries ago aside from sea salt is cotton, and one can see the remnants of this past by visiting the Cheshire Hall Plantation on Provo. You can tour the grounds to see the remains of great houses and plantations and learn more about the islands’ rich history.

Walking through the 200-year-old ruins, you’ll find yourself transported back in time. The plantation, managed by the Turks and Caicos National Trust, covers 5,000 acres and includes the remains of the Great House, kitchen, cotton press base, and slave cabins. It’s a poignant reminder of the islands’ colonial past and the lives of the enslaved people who once worked there.

A display of necklaces and bracelets on a street.

22. Go Shopping in the Grace Bay Region

Spending time indoors can be fun, too. Rain or shine, you can go shopping for unique treats and souvenirs in the Grace Bay region.

There are a few plazas selling handmade crafts, jewelry, paintings, and delectable treats (roasted coffee, Bambarra Rum, and Salt Cay candies) that are unique to Turks and Caicos you can share back at home.

For jewelry lovers, there are several stores where you can find exquisite pieces, many of which feature the beautiful, locally sourced conch pearls. If you’re into fashion, you’ll find boutiques stocked with beachwear, designer clothes and accessories.

The Saltmills Plaza and the Regent Village are two shopping areas you must visit. They are home to a variety of stores and also offer several dining options when you need to refuel.

A pink flamingo is standing in the water.

23. Try Birdwatching in Providenciales

Go birding in paradise and take stock of the many tropical and Caribbean species native to the country. Ospreys, Great Egrets, and White-Tailed Tropic Birds are abundant in the Northwest Point, while Yellow Crowned Night Herons are found in the West Harbour Bluff.

There’s also the Frenchman’s Creek and Pigeon Pond Nature Reserve where you can spot Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Bananaquits. Remember to bring your binoculars and a good camera. The birds here are not shy, and you’ll get plenty of opportunities for close-up shots

A person riding a bike on the beach.

24. Take a North and Middle Caicos Bike Tour

Although cycling isn’t considered the main transportation in the country, it’s one way to get around the area and is what most tourists prefer when exploring Grace Bay, Turtle Cove, and The Bight.

You can even sign up for guided eco-tours to discover the old way of life still evident in the garden islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos.

Two atvs parked on the beach.

25. Embark on an ATV Adventure in Northwest Point and West Harbour Bluff

Feel like roughing it? Remote regions within the islands are best explored via ATV and you will never run out of sights to see in the Northwest Point and West Harbour Bluff region. The routes open up to sandy coastal tracks, tropical forests, and terrains with spectacular beach views.

A man is standing on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean.

26. Hike the Picturesque Providenciales Trails

Take unforgettable hikes in the country’s hidden vistas through reasonably accessible sites like the Northwest Point Marine National Park, Frenchman’s Creek, and Bird Rock Trail. Rock dunes open up to amazing views of the coasts where you can watch the mesmerizing swell of the ocean and just be one with nature.

The Crossing Place Trail is also a favorite among hikers. This coastal path winds its way along limestone cliffs, offering panoramic views of the turquoise sea.

For a shorter hike, consider the Wheeland Pond trail. This easy, flat walk circles a small freshwater pond, where you can spot flamingos, herons, and other waterfowl. It’s a perfect option for families with young children or those looking for a leisurely stroll.

Aerial view of a luxury Catamaran.

27. Take a Luxury Catamaran or Yacht Cruise

A luxury cruise via catamaran or yacht comes highly recommended for couples and honeymooners celebrating their love. After all, it’s a country that is “made for love” and provides the complete dream destination package of luxury cruise, gourmet dining, and romantic sunset views.

Luxury cruises often include stops at secluded beaches and hidden coves, giving you the chance to swim, snorkel, or simply relax on the white sands.

A brown and white puppy standing on the grass.

28. Adopt a Puppy for a Day (Provo)

Do you miss your furry family members when you go on vacation? Potcake Place has just the solution! This dog rescue in Providenciales is always looking for volunteers. They have a constant stream of puppies who need socialization (and adoption).

The process is simple and free. After a short briefing about the do’s and don’ts, you’re given a backpack equipped with all the puppy essentials – a bottle of water, a bowl, some toys, treats, and a roll of poop bags. Then, you’re off on your adventure with your new furry friend!

They’re located in Saltmills Plaza in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales – this is right next door to the Grace Bay Suites (the budget-friendly hotel I had mentioned earlier).

A variety of fish and seafood on ice.

29. Take a Caribbean Food and Drink Tours

There are over 60 great restaurants and coffee shops in the country serving delectable local cuisines and international dishes.

You can try the queen conch, a popular seafood in the islands, and the spicy Jamaican jerk which is a Caribbean classic. Notable restaurants include the Coco Bistro, Da Conch Shack, Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl, and Coyaba Restaurant.

And don’t forget about the drinks! The Turks and Caicos Islands are renowned for their rum, and a tour wouldn’t be complete without a tasting session. From the classic rum punch to innovative cocktails, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

deep fried cracked conch

30. Dive Into the Local Cuisine at the Thursday Night Fish Fry

If you’re a foodie at heart, one of the most exciting things to do in Turks and Caicos is to attend the Thursday Night Fish Fry. This vibrant weekly event is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and cuisine.

Located in Bights Park, Providenciales, the fish fry is a lively gathering of locals and tourists alike. It starts around 5:30 PM and goes on until 9:30 PM. Here, you’ll find a variety of food stalls serving up the freshest seafood, including the star of the show – the fried fish.

But it’s not just about the food. The Fish Fry also features live music, performances, and local craft stalls.. You can groove to the rhythm of the local bands while enjoying your delicious meal.

Remember to bring cash, as most vendors don’t accept cards. Also, it’s a popular event, so it’s advisable to arrive early to grab a good spot.

 a man riding an E-Foil on the blue waters of Turks and Caicos

31. Learn E-Foil Surfboarding With Fly TCI

If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure during your stay in the Turks and Caicos Islands, then learning E-Foil surfboarding with Fly TCI should definitely be on your list. E-Foil, also known as electric hydrofoil, is a unique water sport that combines elements of surfing and flying.

Fly TCI, a renowned water sports company on the islands, offers lessons for beginners to learn this exciting sport. The instructors are professional, friendly, and experienced, which ensures you have a safe and enjoyable time on the water.

The best part is that no prior surfing experience is needed. The E-Foil boards are designed with a motorized hydrofoil that lifts the board above the water, and allow you to glide smoothly over the waves. 

It’s a thrilling experience that offers stunning views of the crystal-clear Caribbean waters and the beautiful coastline.

Clear Rippled Waters of Chalk Sound in Turks and Caicos

32. Have Some Fun at Chalk Sound National Park

Chalk Sound National Park is a must-visit spot on your Turks and Caicos itinerary. This stunning turquoise lagoon is dotted with hundreds of tiny islands and islets and offers breathtaking views and plenty of fun activities. The park is located on the southwestern tip of Providenciales and is a haven for nature lovers.

For adventure seekers, renting a kayak or paddleboard is a great way to explore the lagoon. You’ll have the chance to paddle around the islets, spotting wildlife like iguanas and exotic birds along the way. The calm and shallow waters make it a safe and enjoyable activity for all ages.

For those who prefer to stay on land, the park offers several scenic picnic spots. Pack a lunch, bring a blanket, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon surrounded by the park’s natural beauty.

The sun is setting over a beach with rocks and water.

33. Take a Glow Worm Sunset Cruise (Provo)

I am ending this post with another AMAZING thing to do but that is entirely dependent on when you are visiting Turks and Caicos.

A few evenings after the full moon each month, the waters of Caicos Banks play host to this natural phenomenon, when thousands of glow worms emit green flashes of light in the shallow sea just after sunset in Turks and Caicos.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Turks and Caicos? Let me know in the comments! Please also reach out in the comments if you have any questions about visiting Turks and Caicos!

30 Best Things to Do in Turks and Caicos

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  1. Amazing! I know nothing about traveling all over the country, what a wonderful looking place to explore.

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