Turks and Caicos is a tropical paradise that provides the best time-off, a combination of sunshine days unwinding by the sea. But if laying on the beach looking at the ocean seems too relaxing for you, no problem! Many activities can be enjoyed on the island, either hopping around to find the best beaches, exploring the underwater world, or seeing other main sights on land. So, read on for a guide with the best things to do in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
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Top Things to do in Turks and Caicos
There is no better way to see the best of the island than to explore the underwater world. With an extensive coastline, one of the best things to do in Turks and Caicos is snorkeling, a way to admire colorful corals and various schools of tropical fishes. The snorkeling tours usually depart from Grace Bay and are half-day, either in the morning or afternoon, so they’ll definitely fit your schedule. Also, they provide snacks and beverages (including alcoholic ones) for the journey.
Once you’re done exploring the beaches from the ground, it’s time to go on a parasailing ride to see the multi-shades of blue of the ocean from above! Parasailing is one of the best things to do in Turks and Caicos, and it’s a dreamy experience to have here, whether you’re with a group of friends, family, or your significant other. On a quick parasailing tour, you can have this unique opportunity that you won’t forget any time soon.
Kayaking / Stand-Up Paddle
When you need a change of scene from the ocean, it’s time to explore the mangrove on either an amazing clear kayak tour or on a stand-up paddle journey. These tours will allow you to get up close to the wildlife of Turks and Caicos and discover their unique mangrove habitat.
For a fun experience that all ages can enjoy, a horseback riding tour is one of the top things to do in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The unique ride along the beach allows you to appreciate the surroundings in a unique way with the company of the lovely horses.
Chalk Sound National Park
The turquoise waters of Chalk Sound National Park will make you think you’re in the Maldives. However, these shallow natural lagoons are protected to preserve their raw, unspoiled nature, which is most appreciated when the sun directly touches its surface.
Motored boats aren’t allowed because it’s a national park, but you can still visit for kayaking and paddleboarding.
Cheshire Hall Plantation
If you want to see one of the most historical sites in Turks and Caicos, plan a visit to Cheshire Hall Plantation. This late 1700s cotton plantation offers a view into the archipelago’s past and is one of the best things to do while here.
Cheshire Hall is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and the entrance fee is US$ 10. You can also visit it with a tour of Providenciales that visits other main sites on the island.
With the vast coastline of Providenciales, it’s no wonder this destination has some of the most idyllic beaches of Turks and Caicos. While here, one of the best things to do is to visit the many beaches that will mesmerize every traveler. Plan on visiting the most famous ones and choose the best at the end.
Of all the beaches in Grace Bay, Long Bay, and The Bight Beach are the biggest. They have easy access to restaurants and bars and are some of the best beaches to check out while on the island.
And if you’re looking for shallow, translucent waters that are good for kids, head over to the calm Sapodilla Bay Beach and Taylor Bay Beach.
If you’re out of time and want to see as many beaches as possible, you can join a tour to explore the must-see spots in Providenciales.
What to know for visiting Turks and Caicos
- Entry requirements: Turks and Caicos offer visa exceptions to visitors from various countries, including the US and European Union ones, for stays up to 90 days. Also, when visiting the country, every traveler needs to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (please check the latest requirements here).
- Travel Insurance: My recommended platform for searching for the best option amongst travel insurance companies is SquareMouth. It allows travelers to instantly purchase a travel insurance policy from every major provider in the US, and it also makes clear each policy’s COVID-related coverage.
- Electricity: The voltage in Turks and Caicos is 120 V, and the power plugs and sockets are type A (the same as the US).
- Currency: The currency used in Turks and Caicos is the US dollar.
- Best time to visit Turks and Caicos: the best time of the year to visit Turks and Caicos is between December and May.
- Transportation in Turks and Caicos: the best way to get around Providenciales is by car, so you can explore the island at your convenience. Plan on having a rental car as soon as you arrive at the airport. The best way to do so is by renting a car when planning your trip. I personally use RentalCars for my car rental needs, and it’s the company I recommend for seaching the best deals.
- Best tours in Turks and Caicos: below are some of the best tours in Turks and Caicos are:
Best Hotels in Providenciales
- Grace Bay Club: One of the best hotels on the island, this beachfront hotel has 3 pools, a spa, and a tennis court. Here, you’ll be able to wake up for a walk on Grace Bay Beach and then have drinks and food at the on-site restaurant that is one best in Providenciales – the Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar.
- The Oasis at Grace Bay: A no-thrills and the best bang for your buck hotel in Grace Bay. This small 3-star hotel features two swimming pools, spacious rooms with a balcony, and a great location. It’s within a 5-minute walk to the beach and close to the many restaurants of Grace Bay (Cocovan and Coco Bistro are within walking distance). The hotel also has complimentary bicycles and, if you don’t want to walk, they also offer a golf cart service to take you to the beach where you can use their chairs and umbrellas free of charge. It’s the hotel I stayed during my time in Turks and Caicos and you can read my honest review.
- H2O Lifestyle Resort: H2O is set in front of Long Bay Beach, one of the best beaches to visit in Providenciales. The location is perfect for water sports and one of the favorites for kitesurfing on the island. When not enjoying H2O’s stunning pools, sit at their sun loungers by the beach to soak in the uninterrupted views of the ocean.
- The Shore Club: a fantastic property in Long Bay Beach; at The Shore Club, the rooms’ designs are a breath of fresh air where the white and turquoise blend perfectly with the surroundings. Additionally, here you’ll have a private tennis court, 4 restaurants, 5 bars, and 4 pools.
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