Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos Travel Guide
The gentle clear-blue waters are what draw countless visitors to the shores of these British West Indian islands every year. Whether you seek a good old-fashioned tropical vacation or are a nature lover hoping to take in the area’s astounding raw beauty, there are many things to do in the Turks and Caicos—be it snorkeling, hiking, shopping, spa-going, or just floating in the azure waters of Grace Bay and watching the dramatic sunset.
The main island, Providenciales, buzzes with activity, but there are worthwhile attractions throughout the islands. Those looking for ideas for what to do in the Turks and Caicos will want to explore the archipelago—Parrot Cay, Governor’s Beach, Salt Cay—whose beaches are renowned throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Among the more unusual things to do in the Turks and Caicos are to follow the snorkel trails at Smith’s and Bight reefs; visit the limestone Conch Bar Cave system; and witness the famous glowworms, whose mating after a full moon creates a great green halo in the water. There’s also whale-watching, biking the old coastal road, and beachcombing for treasures. What are you waiting for?
The Scene: With picnic tables right on Blue Hill Beach, this locals' favorite is as laid back as it gets. Another big draw is the fresh conch that's kept in pens on the water's edge.
A magnificent Baroque church with a lofty belfry dedicated to the defeat of the Turks in 1654.
The 51-room Nikki Beach Resort, in a gated enclave on Providenciales’s northern coast.
The Scene: Chic and sleek, this swanky newcomer, decorated with blazing blue and gold Bisazza glass mosaic tiles, was designed by Keith Hobbs of United Designers, known for his work with Nobu and London's W Hotel.