The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, so snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water adventures are very popular activities on these tropical islands. With clear gem-colored waters and pristine beaches, virtually any water-related past time is available for visitors to enjoy. Para-sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, jet-skis, fishing, whale watching….the list of water adventures goes on and on!
Snorkel Catch a glimpse of the underwater beauty of the Turks and Caicos Islands by snorkeling in one of the many reefs. Smith’s Reef offers some of the best snorkeling on island; Coral Gardens and Thompson Cove are also great snorkeling spots in Providenciales.
Scuba Dive Turks and Caicos Islands is world famous for beautiful coral reefs and crystal clear waters. Whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and countless types of fish call these tropical waters home, drawing thousands of experienced and new divers. Our staff has had great experiences with Dive Provo, but we have also heard great things about Provo Turtle Divers in Turtle Cove Marina. Check out our Diving Blog for more information.
Para-Sail See the Islands from up high; the contrast in blues in the tropical waters surrounding the small islands will take your breath away!
Sail Sun Charters offers excellent sailing excursions as well as a weekly sunset sail Friday nights on their lovely charter vessel Atabeyra. You can also enjoy Glow Worm tours near the full moon!
Kayak or Paddle-Board A great way of seeing the beauty of Turks and Caicos is by kayaking or paddle boarding around the shallow waters. Kayaking with a glass bottom kayak is recommended, though nothing offers quite the visual vantage-point as stand-up paddle boarding. (Paddle boarding is a bit more strenuous and difficult than kayaking, so we suggest trying one out before deciding to rent.) Big Blue Unlimited has great reviews from our guests and offers guided kayak, paddle boarding, bicycling, and lots of other fun excursions!
Kite Surf and Wind Surf
Visit other Islands Taking the ferry to visit other islands is a lot of fun; kids would love the nearby Iguana Island with lots of iguanas to see.
Sports and Fitness
Tennis and Golf Provo Golf Club has a golf course and several tennis courts.
Wrightfully Fit Gym Gym: There is a gym with day and week passes.
Caicos Royale Casino
How to Pay: Turks and Caicos has $US currency and most stores accept Visa and Mastercard. Some shops and restaurants do not accept American Express, but EVERYONE accepts cash. Many of the best locally crafted paintings, jewelry and other nick knacks are offered at small stands and can only be purchased with cash.
Groceries: If you happen to forget something, there is a large, American style IGA supermarket that will most likely have what you need. Groceries are higher than normal American prices because everything is imported and a tariff is paid on it (there are no corn or wheat fields on this island!). With the exception of beer, which is very expensive (so make sure you enjoy every drop), most groceries are about 1.5 times what we pay in the USA.
Graceway Gourmet – One of two large grocery stores in the hotel/resort area of the island, around 10 minutes from the Turtle Cove neighborhood. This store is a bit more upscale with a larger organic section than the IGA. You can also find sunscreen, snorkeling gear, pool floats, beach chairs, and sand castle equipment at Graceway Gourmet, the “high end” IGA located here.
IGA – The IGA grocery store has a large selection of produce, beer, licquor, wine, and beach equipment. The regular IGA has slightly more reasonable prices and is located here.
Café Market – Great little market for grabbing food or picking up a few essentials! Read our Blog on the Leeward Marina and Cafe Market for more info!
Alcohol: The Wine Cellar is a great place to buy wines, liquors, and beer. The Wine Cellar closes at 6:00 so be sure to get there early! Keep in mind beer is much more expensive on Providenciales due to shipping costs. The IGA and Graceway Gourmet also sell alcohol, including liquor.
Salt Mills Plaza (Pictured Above): The main shopping hub is located just inland of the large hotel and resort district. The Salt Mills Plaza offers a handful of boutiques and souvenir shops, including Anna’s Art Gallery and Blue Surf Shop. If you’re looking for a locally crafted gift, Konk Apparel offers sunglasses, T-shirts, hats, and other apparel. Many of the “locally crafted” paintings and souvenirs are actually made on the neighboring island of Haiti. There are several restaurants in the area, including Danny Buoys, one of the only late-night bars on island.
Ports of Call: Dive Provo is a staff favorite for scuba and apparel and next door to other souvenir shops in Ports of Call.
Craft Stands: Restaurants, festivals, Thursday-night fish fries, or beach-side at resorts or hotels are a few places you can find craft stands selling trinkets and keepsakes. I enjoy the crafts at da Conch Shack. Many of these stands sell painted or polished Conch Shells, but you need a permit to take a conch shell off the island. Airport customs will take the conch shell if they find it, and there will be no refund given for the purchased shell. You can find information on how to obtain a conch permit here.
Check out our Blog for great tips for great kids activities that the little ones will never forget!
Conch Farm Providenciales is home to the world’s only Conch Farm, which is a fun day-time activity.
Playground – Beachfront playground perfect for the kiddos!
Undersea Explorer The Undersea Explorer is a wonderful way for children to see the beautiful array of sea life in Smith’s Reef!
Bella the Mermaid
Best Beaches for Young Children – There are two beautiful beaches with very shallow, calm waters on island: Taylor Bay Beach and Sapodilla Bay Beach.
Hike to Pirate Carvings
A few of our favorite restaurants
Turtle Cove Restaurants:
-Baci Ristorante is a picturesque upscale Italian restaurant located right on the water in Turtle Cove Marina. Great lobster during lobster season (August-April), or you can pick up a pizza to-go!
-Magnolia’s is another upscale restaurant; we love getting cocktails and sitting on the deck that overlooks Turtle Cove Marina. A great spot to watch the sunset!
-Sharkbite has a sport’s bar feel and is also located right on the marina. It offers burgers, fish tacos, and other casual food and beer.
-Tiki Hut has been an island favorite for years, we love their fish tacos! Tiki Hut is casual and located right next to the Provo Turtle Divers Dive Shop in Turtle Cove.
-Green Bean Cafe: Coffee, smoothies, sandwiches; this place is a great spot to grab breakfast or lunch.
-Mr. Groupers– Another staff favorite, this casual restaurant has some of the best coconut-crusted grouper on island.
–da Conch Shack is a staff favorite, enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with seats in the sand! Sip rum punch while eating yummy local island dishes. (Try the conch fritters!)
For more activity ideas, see our journal with great tips and tricks for pleasing the entire family on your Turks and Caicos adventure.
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