One of the unique appeals of the Turks and Caicos Islands is that mass tourism has not reached this group of charming little islets, making them less populated than many other Caribbean vacation destinations.
Although the tourist population in the Turks and Caicos Islands is relatively small, there are still plenty of things to do while vacationing in this secret Caribbean jewel. Golf, fishing, snorkeling, and diving are extremely popular among vacationers visiting this group of islands.
If you like the idea of sightseeing at your own pace, you will encounter 11 rental agencies that can help make it happen. Follow this link to visit our discussion of bike and scooter rentals.
Scuba divers and vacationers who enjoy spending time in the water will discover that the waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands are rich with marine life and other amazing underwater spectacles. Swimming with the fish takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to snorkeling and diving in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Gorgeous reef structures, breathtaking coral walls, and an extensive aquatic ecosystem create the perfect setting for exploration beneath the waves. Dive shops and other places that offer scuba and snorkel gear rental are located throughout the islands.
You'll find 16 dive operators and at least 76 good dive sites in the area. Anyone who needs to learn more concerning diving opportunities in this area, can do so here.
When it comes to events and festivals in Turks and Caicos, the islanders seem to feel that the sportier they are, the better. Regattas, fishing tournaments, golf opens, and even kite flying festivals are the most popularly attended events on the island. You can also enjoy live music at music festivals, and celebrate island culture at a variety of events meant to honor island history and heritage. Find out more about the events by clicking here.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are considered by many fishermen around the world to be one of the best destinations for sport and bone fishing in the Caribbean. The salty seas surrounding the group of islets is home to an array of game fish including marlin, sailfish, barracuda, and many more. Each year, vacationers make their way to these islands to enjoy the unspoiled waters and the plentiful game fish found here. To find the best places to fish in the Turks and Caicos Islands, you can contact any of the many fishing charters located throughout the islands.
If there are some experienced anglers vacationing with you, they're in luck -- they can go fishing with one of the 9 charter operators in this area. You can learn more concerning fishing in this area can do so by following this link.
Of the many activities in the Turks and Caicos Islands, golfing may be one of the most relaxing yet competitive and exciting pursuits on the islands.
Other golfing opportunities in the Turks and Caicos Islands include miniature golf courses, one of which is also located on Provo. The Turks and Caicos Miniature Golf Course provides golfing fun that the whole family can enjoy. Grand Turk also has a nine-hole course called the Waterloo Golf Club, which hosts a number of golf outings each year.
Hoping to play golf during your vacation? Turks and Caicos isn't exactly flooded with golf greens, but there is one course in the area. The only course in the area is Provo Golf & Country Club. Those wanting to get more information about golf throughout Caribbean can do so by visiting this page.
More information about local providers that can enable you to get out on the open water can be found in the following chart:
|Barefoot Custom Charters||(649) 232-7447||1.2 mi. East of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|Big Blue Unlimited||(649) 946-5034||2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|Catch the Wave Charters||(649) 941-3047||2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|Chukka Caribbean Adventures||(877) 424-8552||1.5 mi. South of Central Blue Hills||Providenciales|
|Crystal Seas Adventures||(649) 946-6977||Salt Cay||Salt Cay|
|Island Vibes Tours||(649) 231-8423||0.8 mi. West of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|Kenard Cruises||(649) 332-3866||Five Cays Settlements||Providenciales|
|Ocean Outback||(649) 231-0824||4.4 mi. South of Central Blue Hills||Providenciales|
|Shoreline Adventures||(649) 333-4455||1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Blue Hills||Providenciales|
|Silly Creek Water Sports||(649) 432-9455||4.5 mi. South of Central Blue Hills||Providenciales|
|Sun Charters||(649) 231-0624||2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|TI Reef Adventure||(649) 441-7710||0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Cockburn Town||Grand Turk|
|Undersea Explorer||(649) 231-0006||3.4 mi. West of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|White Sands Private Charters||(954) 769-0015||1.3 mi. South West of Central Blue Hills||Providenciales|
If you'd like to read about area marinas and charter operators visit this page.
Visitors love to shop in Turks and Caicos, because they can get great deals on luxury goods at discounted and duty-free prices. Turks and Caicos is also unique in that it is one of the few countries in which you can export conch shells. Providenciales is the best island for department store and boutique shopping, while South, Middle, and North Caicos are great for goods made by local artisans. Visit our guide to shopping by clicking here.
If there are some folks who enjoy shopping vacationing with you, they're not totally out of luck -- the area has more than 73 retail stores just waiting to be explored. To navigate to our complete page about shopping in Turks and Caicos, check out this page.
Yet another popular activity is to soak in the area's sights and natural environment. Among other sights, the area has 6 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Assuming you enjoy spending time outdoors will typically enjoy visiting the botanical gardens and other natural attractions. You can read this article regarding area sightseeing attractions if you want to find more information.
Information about a firm that will show you the most interesting local sights can be seen here:
|Big Blue Unlimited||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(649) 946-5034||2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(649) 343-4438||2.1 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town||Grand Turk|
|Caicos Cyclery Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(649) 941-7544||Grace Bay, Western part of Turks and Caicos||Providenciales|
|Caicos Dream Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(649) 231-7274||1.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|Caicos Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(649) 231-0006||Five Cays Settlements||Providenciales|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(649) 231-3483||Five Cays Settlements||Providenciales|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(649) 946-2239||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(649) 946-1227||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(649) 432-8888||1.9 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town||Grand Turk|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(649) 946-1747||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(649) 941-8069||Five Cays Settlements||Providenciales|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(305) 433-7722||2.1 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town||Grand Turk|
|Travel and Tour Operators||--||Grand Turk||Grand Turk|
|Provo Sand & Sea Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(649) 946-5778||Five Cays Settlements||Providenciales|
If spending some time snorkeling sounds like fun there's good news -- you'll have the chance while vacationing in Turks and Caicos. For more information on snorkeling opportunities, see this page.
Relaxing in a spa could be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, since there are 10 different spas in this area. To find out more about the options, follow this link.
Tennis is another popular activity among Turks and Caicos visitors is tennis. Most large resorts have courts on site that guests may utilize free of charge, and some even offer a free hour with an on-staff tennis pro. Tennis courts may also be rented out at the Provo Golf & Country Club.
If you like to play tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 8 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The table below may help with your planning. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts available, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to learn about other aspects of the property.
|Property||Location||Island||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa||1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales||2|
|Ocean Club West||0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales||3|
|Seven Stars Resort||2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales||2|
|Club Med Turkoise||0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales||8|
|Parrot Cay Resort & Shambhala Retreat||0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Sandy Point||Parrot Cay||2|
|Alexandra Resort||1.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales||2|
|Amanyara||Western part of Turks and Caicos||Providenciales||2|
|Ocean Club Resort||0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales||2|
For instance, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.
Be sure to look at the following table for information concerning other activities. to learn more. for information concerning other activities.
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(649) 941-8014||Five Cays Settlements|
|Reef Peepers||Watersports Operator||(649) 941-8605||Five Cays Settlements|
|Jet Ski Rental Service||(649) 941-8075||The Bight|
|Jet Ski Rental Service||(649) 946-5724||Five Cays Settlements|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(649) 941-3311||3.4 mi. West of Central Grace Bay|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(649) 941-8686||0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay|
|Miniature Golf Course||(649) 941-4653||Five Cays Settlements|
From dawn until well after dusk, the islands of Turks and Caicos are filled with activities to keep you busy. Whether on land or at sea, you can maintain an active lifestyle, or simply sit back and relax while you enjoy your island vacation.
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