The Turks and Caicos Attractions

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

There are several beaches to enjoy in the area. Snorkeling is an option at some locations, for those who enjoy this relaxing pastime. Click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.

South Point: South Point can be found by heading south west on Salt Cay. The dirt road leading up to the beach can be hard to manage in your typical vehicle, so a jeep or another vehicle with four-wheel drive and good suspension is recommended.

Another option for beach-goers to consider is Grace Bay Beach. Grace Bay Beach is often considered one of the best in the Caribbean for its perfect blue waters and powdery white sands, and in 2013, TripAdvisor went so far as to name it the second best beach in the world. The beach reclaimed this title in 2014, proving its consistency.

Blue Haven Beach: Great for those looking to escape the crowds of Grace Bay, Leeward Beach offers a long coast, bright white sand, and sapphire blue water. With just the occasional villa, and with the only resorts you'll see being at the horizon, Leeward Beach is a conveniently located, but quiet beach.

These are just some of the available options. Take advantage of this page if you're interested in learning some more facts.

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. The Turks and Caicos National Museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Cheshire Hall. It is Five Cays Settlements, in western the Turks and Caicos. Tours are offered of the plantation Monday through Saturday from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Brown House: While the Brown House is closed to the general public, guests may rent the property as a villa.

These examples are just some of what's available. Anyone needing to learn more concerning landmarks in this area by clicking 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.

Vacationers who enjoy natural surroundings might have a good time at 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 local site that allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings. 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.

the Turks and Caicos has a wider range of natural attractions. Follow this link to see our page regarding natural attractions in this area.

Casinos

The Turks and Caicos Casinos

Vacationers do not generally stay in the Turks and Caicos to gamble, but there is one such venue, 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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