Attractions in the Turks and Caicos

Discover the Caribbean's best kept secrets: the Turks and Caicos Islands

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Turks and Caicos is one of the Caribbean's secret jewels. The group of small islets is never overpopulated with visitors, yet it offers all the wonderful features and attractions you'll find at other tropical vacation destinations. In Turks and Caicos, it's easy to experience unique Caribbean beauty without the buzz of tourist traffic.

Beaches

Grace Bay Beach

One of the main attractions that draws thousands of travelers to Turks and Caicos is the assortment of great beaches found on many of the area's islets. Beautiful beach-front properties adorn the coastlines of islands such as Grand Turk, Providenciales, Salt Cay, and other islets in the North, South, and East Caicos. Although Turks and Caicos are a popular vacation destination, the islands remain uncrowded and the beaches maintain a secluded ambiance, which often feels like being on your own private beach.

The pristine sandy shores provide a picturesque setting for your Caribbean vacation, complete with stunning cliffs, rock jetties, and the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Spend a quiet day lounging on the isolated Long Bay Beach on Providenciales, also called "Provo," or search for pretty sea shells on sparkling sugar-sand beaches on Salt Cay.

Attractions Map

You will find a large number of beaches to enjoy in the area. Snorkeling is an option at some locations, for vacationers who enjoy the underwater scene. You can click on the name of each beach to get additional information about that particular stretch of sand.

South Point: South Point Beach is rockier than it is sandy, with a rugged coastline that leads into some of the most bright blue waters to be found. On shore are tufts of vibrant green grass interspersed with the sea debris and flat, white sand.

Another alternative worth considering is Grace Bay Beach. This twelve mile beach on the northeast coast of the island will thrill guests with its soft white sands and sparkling waters. Grace Bay Beach, a popular spot, is known as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, however, its length makes it easy to find a secluded spot and lounge along the shore.

Blue Haven Beach: Leeward Beach makes up roughly the entire Northeast coast. Following any of the coastal will suffice in finding one of the beach's designated parking areas.

The Turks and Caicos is home to quite a few other beaches. To read more about beaches, visit this page.

Landmark Attractions

Turks & Caicos National Museum

To learn about the history and culture of Turks and Caicos, you need only spend some time exploring the historic homes and structures that exist there. Plantation homes speak on the history of agriculture and slave labor, while also allowing visitors to glimpse into the decadent lives that plantation owners lived; government buildings showcase the political workings of the islands; and the Turks & Caicos National Museum covers both of these topics, and everything else related to the history of the islands.

A great way to experience all of the most important landmarks is by taking the Grand Turk Experience or the Island Tram tour. Your tour guide will take you through the islands' history while exploring important historic homes and churches, the former U.S. Air Force Tracking base, and lighthouses. Speaking of lighthouses, the Grand Turk Lighthouse, which came to the island of Grand Turk in pieces from Great Britian, is one of the most prized historic sites in the country.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Turks & Caicos National Museum. It is Grand Turk, in eastern the Turks and Caicos. Exhibits here off guests the opportunity to learn about everything from natural history to ship wrecks, the slave trade, and every day life on the island. The two-story building also houses a library and a shop.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is The Salt House. It is Grand Turk, in eastern the Turks and Caicos. Exhibits here talk about the ships that were used to build the industry, a tour of the salt canals, and a visit to a working windmill replica. There is also a gift shop on site which sells souvenirs of locally produced products.

H.M. Prison Museum: History buffs are sure to enjoy the H.M. Prison Museum where visitors and walk through and explore a prison from the 1800's.

But that's not all -- there are additional options as well. For more information about other interesting places to visit in this area, click here.

Natural Attractions

Northwest Point National Park

...Ivory sands and warm turquoise seas...

 

There are 33 protected natural habitats throughout the islands, which work to ensure that local flora and fauna flourish. These habitats, as well as the country's national historic sites cover a total area of 325 square miles and include such locales as Iguana Island and the Hole, which is a giant sink hole that came to be after the roof of an underground cave collapsed.

Birdwatching is popular in Turks and Caicos, especially between the months of December and April when you'll find such species as osprey, great blue herons, and flamingos around the islands in abundance. As part of the country's preservation efforts, 12 cays have been dubbed protected breeding grounds for these migratory creatures. This time period is also when another majestic creature can be seen nearby the Turks and Caicos Islands: the North Atlantic Humpback Whale.

Travelers who like spending time outdoors might enjoy visiting Northwest Point National Park. One of the most important natural attractions on Providenciales, this property actually consists of Northwest Point Marine Natural Park and Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve. Touring both sides of the reserve is a great way to spend a few hours of your day.

Conch Bar Caves is another place you should consider visiting. Named for the nearby village of Conch Bar, Conch Bar Caves is the largest above water cave system in the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas as well.

Luckily, you'll find a full range choices. If you need to find out more about natural attractions in the Turks and Caicos, can do so by clicking on this link.

Casinos

The Turks and Caicos Casinos

People don't generally go to the Turks and Caicos to gamble, but there is one to check out, Casablanca Casino. <p>Experience the thrill of the game when you place a bet and lay it all out on the line at Casablanca Casino in Grace Bay. There are 12 game tables, featuring Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Poker, and Roulette; and 85 slot machines with betting starting as low as one penny. Whether you're playing the games or enjoying a drink at the bar, the night is always young at Casablanca.</p>

The group of more than 40 islands that make up Turks and Caicos is the perfect vacation haven for travelers who want to get away from it all. Ivory sands and warm turquoise seas provide a picturesque setting for your island vacation. You can even take a break from all the sand and sun, and enjoy exciting gambling action if you're on Provo.

 

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