Turks and Caicos Islands

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  • 1. Chalk Sound National Park

    As you drive out to the end of South Dock Road, on your right you will catch glimpses of the beautiful Chalk Sound; the water here is luminescent. The best places to stop for pictures are on Chalk Sound Drive. You can enjoy lunch overlooking the park at Las Brisas Restaurant or drive to the very end of the road and take a walk along the shoreline where there are few homes. No matter how many times you see it, it will always manage to take your breath away.

    Chalk Sound Dr., Chalk Sound, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 2. Conch Bar Caves

    These limestone caves make up one of the largest cave systems in the Caribbean, with good examples of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as small—and slightly eerie—underground bodies of water. Archaeologists have discovered Lucayan artifacts in the caves and the surrounding area; these natives to the island would have used the caves to weather the storm season. Currently, the caves are inhabited by five species of bats—some of which are endangered and bring scientists here annually to study them—but they don't bother visitors. Half-hour tours are available through TCI's National Trust. Guides provide flashlights and a sense of humor. It's best to wear sturdy shoes, as the ground is rocky and damp in places. If you don’t have much time, Indian Cave is a smaller version that's worth exploring. Watch for the sign on your left after leaving the causeway. It’s only a few steps off the road, parallel with Dragon Cay Resort.

    Conch Bar, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $20, Closed Sun.
  • 3. Flamingo Pond

    The pond is home to approximately 2,000 resident flamingos. These spectacular pink birds come and go during the day, so if you miss them on your drive down the island, be sure to double-check at the end of the day. Bring binoculars to get a better look; they feed quite a ways out, and you're not allowed to hike closer.

    Whitby Hwy., Whitby, North Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 4. Grace Bay Beach

    The world-famous sweeping stretch of ivory-white, powder-soft sand on Provo's north shore is simply breathtaking. Protected within the Princess Alexandra National Park, it's home to migrating starfish, as well as many schools of tiny fishes. The majority of Provo's beachfront resorts are along this shore, and it's the primary reason Turks and Caicos is a world-class destination. Amenities: food and drink; parking (free); water sports. Best for: sunset; swimming; walking.

    Grace Bay Rd., Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 5. Half Moon Bay

    Only minutes from Provo's eastern tip, Half Moon Bay is one of the most gorgeous beaches in the country. This natural ribbon of sand linking two uninhabited cays is only inches above the sparkling turquoise waters. There are small limestone cliffs to explore on either end where rock iguanas sun themselves, as well as small, sandy coves. Most of the island's tour companies run excursions here or simply offer a beach drop-off. As an alternative, rent a kayak from Big Blue Collective and venture over independently. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude; swimming; walking.

    Between Big Water Cay and Little Water Cay, Little Water Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
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  • 6. Mudjin Harbour Beach

    You can hike the trails on the cliffs overlooking Mudjin Harbour and then dip down a hidden staircase to your own private cove if you're looking for total privacy. The main beach, accessible from Dragon Cay Resort, is the beginning of miles that you can stroll. The point of land that joins it to Dragon Cay at low tide is often littered with sea glass. Shallow tidepools between the cay and beach also provide endless entertainment when the wave action is minimal. But as this is Mudjin Harbour, a bit of bodysurfing can be had, because a break in the reef allows larger waves to make it to shore. Kids love it, and it's relatively safe, as there is little rip on most days. Just remember that there's no lifeguard on duty. Shade can be found in the giant, cavelike overhang at the base of the path down to the water, perfect for getting out of the sun. Of course, there’s always the possibility of spending a bit of time in the spectacularly placed restaurant overlooking the harbor; great food, drinks, and viewing are provided. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: swimming; walking.

    Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 7. North Beach

    This beach is the best reason to visit Salt Cay; it might be the finest beach in the Turks and Caicos. Part of the beauty lies not just in the soft, powdery sand and beautiful blue waters, but also in its isolation; it's very likely that you will have this lovely beach all to yourself. Amenities: none. Best for: snorkeling; solitude; swimming; walking.

    Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 8. Pillory Beach

    It's said that Columbus made his New World landfall here, just north of Cockburn Town on the protected west shore. And why not? This is the prettiest beach on Grand Turk; it also has great off-the-beach snorkeling. As you enjoy the powdery white sand, you may be visited by one of the many donkeys that pass by. Amenities: parking (free); toilets. Best for: snorkeling; swimming; walking.

    Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 9. The Bight Beach

    The Bight Beach blends right into Grace Bay Beach as the western extension of Provo's Princess Alexandra National Park; visitors generally think of the two beaches as one and the same. Unlike its world-famous counterpart, Bight Beach has off-the-beach snorkeling where the fringing reef comes in to touch the shore. The Provo Sailing Academy gives lessons to residents some Sundays. The beach also holds the Annual Fools Regatta in June, which everyone can enjoy. Both are held at the far western end in the Children's Park. Amenities: food and drink; parking (free). Best for: snorkeling; swimming; walking.

    Lower Bight Rd., The Bight, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 10. Turks and Caicos National Museum

    In one of the island's oldest stone buildings, the National Museum houses several interactive exhibits, as well as a super little gift shop with books and local handicrafts. The complete collection of preserved artifacts raised from the noteworthy Molasses Reef Wreck is here. Dating back to the early 1500s, it's the earliest European shipwreck yet excavated in the New World. There is also a natural-history exhibit including artifacts left by the Taíno (or Lucayans), the earliest migrants to settle in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The museum also has a 3D coral reef exhibit that complements its presentation on the history of diving. Another gallery is dedicated to Grand Turk's involvement in the Space Race. John Glenn made landfall here after being the first American to orbit Earth. Locals are quite put out that the movie Hidden Figures inaccurately portrayed the landing as having taken place in the Bahamas just north of Turks and Caicos. A fascinating display is a collection of “messages in a bottle” that have washed ashore from all over the world. This is the perfect spot to start your walking tour of the historic waterfront.

    Front St., Grand Turk, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

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    Rate Includes: $7, Hours based on when ships are in port
  • 11. Wades Green

    You wander down the shaded laneway, bordered by walls made from the rocks once found in the fields of this cotton plantation established by Loyalist Wade Stubbs in 1789. The walls of the great house still stand, albeit with foliage now growing on the inside. Giant iron cauldrons, once used to prepare meals for enslaved people, rest in the yard. There are also partial remains of the kitchen, the overseer’s house, slave quarters, and several storage buildings. A lookout tower provides views for miles. TCI National Trust offers visits and 30-minute tours from Monday to Saturday, 10:30–3:30.

    Kew, North Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
    649-232–6284-TCI National Trust

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    Rate Includes: $10, Closed Sun.
  • 12. Bambarra Beach

    As with all Middle Caicos beaches, Bambarra seems to stretch on forever, shaded by casuarina trees and littered with refuse from the sea. Visiting Bambarra Beach means no amenities, but enjoying a picnic lunch here provides a lifetime memory. Water is shallow, with coral heads nearby so that snorkeling is possible. Stroll on the beach or out to a nearby cay. Watch for rays and juvenile sharks as they patrol the shoreline. Probably the only time you will see others here is when a community gathering takes place; each Valentine’s Day, Bambarra Beach hosts the Middle Caicos Model Sailboat Race, which features hand-carved boats painted in bright colors as well as local music and a number of food and beverage stalls. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude; walking.

    Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 13. Bell Sound

    The beaches of Bell Sound on the Caicos Bank side of South Caicos will take your breath away; lagoon-like waters are warm and shallow, perfect for lollygagging. Expect the beach to be au naturel. Amenities: none. Best for: walking.

    South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 14. Big Sand Cay

    Accessible by boat through the on-island tour operators, this tiny, totally uninhabited island is 7 miles (11 km) south of Salt Cay; it's also known for its long, unspoiled stretches of open sand. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude; swimming.

    Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 15. Boiling Hole

    Abandoned salinas (natural salt pans) make up the center of this island, the largest receiving its water directly from an underground cave system that is connected directly to the ocean through this "boiling" hole. Don’t expect anything too dramatic, other than a sense of what the industry once was. Multiple hurricanes have clogged the connection to the ocean.

    South Caicos, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 16. Casablanca Casino

    The Casablanca Casino has brought slots, blackjack, American roulette, poker, and craps to Provo. Because it's open daily until 2 am, you can come late and make it your last stop for the night. There are complimentary drinks while playing, and you can get a free shuttle ride by contacting the casino.

    Grace Bay Rd., Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 17. Cheshire Hall

    Just east of downtown Provo are the eerie remains of an 18th-century cotton plantation owned by the Loyalist Thomas Stubbs. A trail weaves through the ruins, where guided interpretive tours tell the story of the island's doomed cotton industry and about the plantation itself. A variety of local plants are also identified. Contact the Turks & Caicos National Trust to visit; there’s a $10 fee that goes toward preserving the nation’s heritage. If this piques your interest, a visit to the North Caicos Wades Green plantation or the Turks and Caicos National Museum in Grand Turk will provide more of the story.

    Leeward Hwy., Downtown, Providenciales, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
    649-941–5710-for Turks and Caicos National Trust

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $10, Weekdays 8:30–4:30, Sat. 9–1 (guided tour required), Closed weekends
  • 18. Cockburn Harbour

    The best natural harbor in the Caicos chain hosts the Big South Regatta each May. It began as a sailing regatta where all the families with traditional Caicos sloops would come over from Middle and North to race, but sloops are now being replaced with conch boats hosting 85-hp motors for a rip-roaring race.

    Cockburn Harbour, South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 19. Cottage Pond

    A short distance from the North Caicos ferry terminal and en route to where the flamingos rest is Cottage Pond. Watch on the right side of the road, as the sign can be hidden in the foliage. The roadway deteriorates the closer you get, so just park and walk the rest of the way. At the end you'll find this lovely, quiet freshwater pond where slaves would come to wash clothes. Today, there's always an assortment of ducks swimming, with ferns as their backdrop. Local lore has it that the pond has no bottom and a mermaid was once spotted swimming there.

    Sandy Point, North Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 20. East Caicos

    To the north of South Caicos, uninhabited East Caicos has an exquisite 17-mile (27-km) beach on its north coast. The island was once a cattle range and the site of a major sisal-growing industry. Today, it's home to wild donkeys and is accessible only by boat, most easily from Middle Caicos but also from South Caicos. Visiting is best in the summer months when the winds die down, making boat access more comfortable. From South, the man to take you there is Captain Tim Hamilton with his son, Tamal, of T&V Tours. His service is excellent, and he knows the waters like no other. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude; swimming; walking.

    South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

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