Once considered a destination exclusively for celebrities, this elite island now attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year due to its relaxing atmosphere and breathtaking beaches. I recently had the opportunity to experience it all for myself during the humid month of July. With over 40 islands and several cays, there’s PLENTY to do in Turks and Caicos. But here are my personal favorites on what the island has to offer.
Turks & Caicos National Museum: Located in Grand Turk, it’s an excellent way to learn the entire island’s history including the lives of its former slaves and historical, local shipwrecks. General Admission is $7.
Regent Village: There is a ton of shopping offered here: from clothing to perfumes, jewelry and souvenirs. There are also spots to book tours and of course, eateries. And while the area itself may be a bit too touristy for some, it offers a different vibe from the rest of the island’s laid back atmosphere.
Middle Caicos Caves (aka Conch Bar Caves): Nestled near Mudjidin Beach, this natural wonder is the largest chain of limestone caves in the Caribbean. It’s raw, natural beauty has hardly been touched by developers. There are no fancy pathways or strategically placed lights; visitors must rely on their tour guides and flashlights to lead the way. The entrance fee and guided tour fee is $10-$15.
Party: The Island Fish Fry is a great place to start! Every Thursday, the entire island – locals & tourists – gather at Bight Park for one, big outdoor jam session complete with various food vendors, live entertainment and music (and maybe even a celebrity or two). For more live music and karaoke, one should make their way to Danny Buoy’s, located in Regent Village.
EAT! Being the foodie that I am, I would do Turks and the person reading this a disservice if I didn’t harp on the fresh & flavorful food found here. Whether conch is your thing or not, my top recommendations are:
- Bugaloos: wonderfully fresh food and serene scenery. It was calming to enjoy my meal, sip my rum punch while watching and hearing the water meet the shore.
- Mango Reef: formerly known as the Orchid, this was conveniently located right at our resort (The Alexandra) and, whether it was lunch, dinner, dessert or just a stop in for a drink, this place never disappointed.
- Coco Bistro and Fire & Ice: I didn’t personally have the pleasure of dining here but it was highly recommended several times by various people; be prepared to splurge a bit at these fine-dining establishments.
Go Down Under: Turks is home to one of the largest barrier reefs in the world. It’s only right to dive or snorkel and experience it firsthand. Take a full or half-day cruise right out into the open water. And if you think snorkeling is so passé and scuba diving is too risqué then there’s always Snuba!
Nothing: You read that right! Turks & Caicos delivers on its promise of fine, white sand, crystal clear waters and plenty of sun. All of this can be experienced on the beautifully pristine beaches, particularly renowned Grace Bay in Providenciales. So grab a drink, some sunscreen & a spot on the softest sand and relax. You’re in paradise; a place beautiful by nature.