Major Tourist Attractions: Cheshire Hall, Caicos Conch Farm, Clear Kayaking and Eco Safari, Grand Turk Cruise Center
The Turks and Caicos islands attract people from all over the world, drawn to picture-perfect beaches and “go slow” attitude. The Islands are situated 575 miles southeast of Miami and cover 193 square miles of the Atlantic ocean. Technically not in the Caribbean basin, but still grouped with the Caribbean along with the Bahamas when talking about regions.
With their white sandy beaches, which in total cover 230 miles and are complimented with amazingly clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why tourism is the nation’s number one industry. The Turks and Caicos are flat coral islands, the topography can vary from sand dunes to lush green vegetation to seaside cliffs and caves. There are eight major islands: Salt Cay, Grand Turk, South Caicos, East Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales and West Caicos. East Caicos and West Caicos are uninhabited, while Providenciales (Provo) and Grand Turk are the most developed.
Turks and Caicos thrives on its natural beauty. Because of the island’s laid-back nature, travelers won’t find an active nightlife like St. Maarten or Nassau. It’s all about relaxation and stunning beaches in the Turks and Caicos.
The main destination for visitors is Providenciales, which is where most the hotels are found lining the world famous Grace Bay, one of the best beaches in the world. Provo offers a wide range of accommodations, from ultra-lux to small charming villas, there’s something for everyone's style of travel.
The Turks Islands lie several miles southeast of the Caicos Islands. They are much smaller and even more low-key. Grand Turk, home to the islands' capital, is a sleepy spot that offers plenty of island culture and is also the port for cruise ships.
Here are a few things to do if the Turks and Caicos are on your travel list:
- Spend a day at Da Conch Shack Beach Bar. This famous, yet unassuming beach bar is about as laid back as it gets. With picnic tables right on Blue Hill Beach, this locals' favorite serves a variety of conch dishes as well as strong cocktails.
- Go island hopping. Most people stay in Providenciales, but there’s so much more to this group of islands. Rent a boat and explore the deserted beaches of the other close by islands.
- Experience Grace Bay. Grace Bay is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. It’s located in Providenciales and is where most resort are at.
- Explore below the ocean’s surface. The Turks and Caicos have been consistently mentioned as one of the top ten places to dive in the world.
Catch the big one. Cast out a 20 - 30 lb test line and troll the waters around the islands in a private fishing charter. The waters are rich with Snapper, Grouper, Yellow Tail, Barracuda, and other game fish.
- Tour the Conch Bar Caves on Middle Caicos. This extensive network of limestone caves has some spectacular rock formations and was once inhabited by Lucayan Indians.
- Go whale watching. Between the Caicos islands and Grand Turk is a deep water channel that is commonly used by whales, thus making a great spot for whale watching.
Address: 2 Venture Ct.,
Grace Bay Suite 102E,
Phone: (242) or 322-1181 ext. 4406, 4547, 4584
After hours: (242) 322-1181 ext:9.