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Turks and Caicos Islands with Kids
The Turks and Caicos offer a number of wonderful family activities, and not all of them are on Provo. While most of the family-friendly activities are on Providenciales, the rest of the islands—especially Grand Turk—provide plenty of other options for family fun.
Although Provo and the rest of the Turks and Caicos have several resorts, most of the accommodations are in private rental villas or condo-style apartments. These are ideal for families because they offer more space as well as cooking and often laundry facilities.
Other than the beach, Providenciales has the greatest number of other sights and activities. At the Caicos Conch Farm, not only do kids learn about the biggest export from the Turks and Caicos Islands, but they can meet the most famous resident, Sally. Coral Gardens is an easy zero-entry reef for off-the-beach snorkeling; it's great for kids because they can start seeing colorful fish in waist-high water. For kids with more swimming skills (or when they get braver) buoys mark the spot where the water starts getting much deeper and where they can see bigger fish as they gain confidence. The Bight's public playground has swing sets and slides, along with bathrooms and vending machines. Little Water Cay (aka Iguana Island) is a stone's throw away from Leeward, with wooden plank paths to help you search for iguanas, who are not really at all elusive here. And if these aren't enough activities for the kids, they can always ride banana boats on Grace Bay.
Beyond Provo there’s still a lot to attract families. On Middle Caicos, kids can check out the small, hand-carved boats at Middle Caicos Co-op. Mudjin Harbour has caves with bats and hiking trails on cliffs ending in a hidden staircase to a cave and “secret” beach.
Grand Turk has a terrific museum, Turks and Caicos National Museum, and its collection is filled with things that kids love: pirates, moon landings, and the biggest collection of “messages in a bottle” found anywhere. Her Majesty’s Prison always seems to fascinate children with a glimpse of how prisons used to be. Gibb’s Cay is always a favorite of kids, offering them a chance to play and hold gentle stingrays on a secluded “Gilligan’s Island.”Updated: 12-2013
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