Even though this is considered a more romantic and quiet island, if you’re looking for a little more than just laying on the white sandy beach, here is your list of 15 things to do while in Turks and Caicos.
Ever since I was about 13, my mom and I have dreamed about going to the beautiful country of Turks and Caicos. About 6 years later, we finally made the trip! Turks and Caicos, “TCI,” is made up off 8 primary islands. Providenciales, the main and most developed island, is where I stayed! In 8 days and 7 nights, we explored and relaxed in this beautiful place.
1. Snorkel or Scuba Dive the 3rd Largest Barrier Reef in the World
Being able to snorkel for the first time which included crossing it off my bucket list, was incredible to be able to have my first experience be on the 3rd largest barrier reef in the WORLD. There are also a ton of smaller reefs located around the island for snorkeling as well. Some are just a quick walk right off the beach and you are seeing sea turtles, fish, and coral.
2. Walk the local dogs
Visit Pot Cake Place to walk the local dogs and puppies! Pot Cake Place is not exactly what you probably think it is. It is a dog rescue organization on the island of Provo! “Pot Cake” is the name used to call the local dogs of TCI (and also the Bahamas!). If you visit this rescue, you can take out one of the puppies for a couple hours and walk it on the beach, play with it, and give it lots of love! The organization is desperately searching to socialize their dogs at young ages, so definitely go check them out. You can also adopt one and bring it back to the States (very easily!) if you happen to fall in love!
3. Ride Horses
This was my FAVORITE part about the trip, and also crossed off another bucket list item! Whether you ride horses or not, or even if you are scared of them, I absolutely recommend you do this during your stay. There are two companies on Provo that offer this. We went with Caicos Corral because they let you canter (run) if you want! We got to walk and run on the beach, as well as SWIM in the ocean with our horses! This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and Caicos Corral was excellent.
4. Go on a Hobie Cat ride
Hobie Cats are similar to sail boats but much smaller, faster, and in my opinion, more fun! It was fairly inexpensive comparing to other things to do on the island.
5. Collect sea shells
There are SO many beautiful and unique shells right on the beach. They are not hard to find either! And if you’re lucky like me, you might find yourself a notorious TCI conch.
6. Sit back and relax, read a nice book and enjoy delicious cocktails
Cocktails, frozen daiquiris, and mixed drinks taste a whole lot better sitting pool side or on white sand looking into turquoise water! TCI also has a local beer and rum, give it a try! And don’t worry, it is legal once you are 18 on TCI!
7. Go boating!
There are a ton of options to be on a boat in TCI. You can rent a boat for the day or you can also go on a charter. There are a lot of different charter options: you can go on a booze cruise, snorkeling cruise, BBQ cruise, and sunset cruises! We went on a sail boat charter that took us snorkeling! There was supposed to be about 15 other people along with us, but last minute they all canceled. My mom and I got a private charter for the price of a public one! We went with the company called Sun.Charters and sailed on the beautiful, Atabeyra. The crew and whole experience was wonderful! Check them out here!
8. Kayak, Paddle Board, Kite Board, & Wind Surf
There are a TON of water sport activities on TCI. You can rent kayaks and paddle boards and go in the ocean or there are tours to see the Mangroves. You can also rent kite boarding and wind surfing equipment, and if you don’t know how, you can take lessons!
9. Visit Iguana Island
Iguana Island is one of the only places where Iguanas live naturally and in the wild. The only way to get here is by point 4, 7 or 8, by boat or by a watersport, but it is SO worth it! The iguanas will come right up to you once you start walking around on the island. We got here by Hobie Cat.
10. Attend the Local Fish Fry
Every Thursday night on Provo, TCI is the local fish fry. This is a great place to get souvenirs, excellent food, and witness the local life. There are fire pits, dancing, contests, and more! It starts around 5:30 and is over around 9:30.
11. Take amazing and very “Instagram worthy” pictures
TCI is beautiful and you will want pictures to look back at. The clear blue water is the PERFECT back drop to give you a ton of likes.
12. Ferry Boat Ride to Another TCI Island
North, Middle, and West Caicos are very remote islands. BUT, you can take a ferry to go explore. Each island has different and unique qualities such as caves, cliffs, animal life, trails, and more!
13. Catch a beautiful sunset
Sunsets on TCI can be incredible and full of color! The sun also goes down about an hour earlier than EST time.
14. Go into “town”
Going into “town” is not like going into town in USA. A lot of the buildings seem outdated and a little worn down. At the Salt Mills Plaza, there are a lot of tourist shops, local shops, and art galleries. The art that is made here is BEAUTIFUL There are also cigar shops that sell Cubans. Pick one up for the men in your life and they will love you forever.
15. HAVE FUN!
TCI is an amazing and quiet little island. Perfect for relaxation and also perfect for some fun! Being the first place I went to outside of the continental USA, I’d say it was beautiful, amazing, and such a fun trip. The most important thing to do when on your trip is to HAVE FUN!
Which of these activities would you want to do the most? Comment below what you think!
Does this post get make you want to visit Turks and Caicos? Be sure to keep your eye out for my upcoming post of What to Know Before You Go to Turks & Caicos!
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