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.
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.
There are several beaches to visit in the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, for visitors who are so inclined. You can click on each beach name for more information concerning that beach.
South Point: South Point Beach on Salt Cay is not such a popular spot for swimming due to the rough waters and rockiness visitors have to endure underfoot in order to walk out into the water. Still, you can often find beach combers and visitors on shore staring out into the water simply enjoying the view.
A second alternative that beach-goers can consider 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 offers visitors nearly seven miles of uninterrupted sand to explore. For the most part, the sand is clean, though there are some patches where rocks, wire, and other sharp objects can be found.
Turks and Caicos has plenty of other beaches. To read a more complete discussion of this specific topic, see this article.
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.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Turks & Caicos National Museum. It is Grand Turk, in eastern 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.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit The Salt House. It is Grand Turk, in eastern 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.
These are just some of your options. Take advantage of this page dedicated to other sites worth visiting in this area if you'd like to find more specifics.
Northwest Point National Park is one of the most enjoyable natural attractions. <p>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.</p>
Conch Bar Caves is a second attraction that needs mentioning. <p>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.</p>
Turks and Caicos has quite a few other choices too. Click to read our article about natural attractions in this area.
People do not generally stay in Turks and Caicos to find gambling, although 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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