Turks and Caicos Islands — Attractions
Forty islands and cays make up the country of Turks and Caicos, located in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. For this reason, it comes as no surprise that amazing sandy beaches are high up on the list of top draws to the country. Out of the forty islands, eight of them are populated and therefore readily accessible, although for those looking for a bit more adventure, it is possible to reach an uninhabited island or two using a charter boat.
Providenciales, known locally as ‘Provo’, is the main touristic center of the Turks and Caicos islands, with the most accommodations and services. There are plenty of activities available on the island, such as diving excursions, kite boarding, and horseback riding. Visitors will also find most of the best restaurants in Turks and Caicos here, making Provo an all-round great place to stay.
Address: Providenciales Island, Western Turks and Caicos.
As the name may suggest, the country of Turks and Caicos is made up of two groups of islands: the Turk islands to the east, and the Caicos islands to the west. Grand Turk is the largest of the Turk islands, also home to the capital city of the country, Cockburn. Most tourists stay on Providenciales when visiting Turks and Caicos, although there is still plenty to do elsewhere. Visitors to Grand Turk will be met by amazing beaches and great offshore dive sites. There is also a cruise ship terminal here, which is the gateway to the island for many.
Address: Grand Turk, Eastern Turks and Caicos.
The Turks Islands comprise of a string of small cays and islets on the eastern side of the Turks and Caicos island group. Many are uninhabited, since most of the population lives on the larger Caicos or Providenciales islands. Those who moor up their boats and come ashore are rewarded with deserted beaches and undisturbed nature. One of the largest islands here is Salt Cay, which is a launching point for whale watching trips.
Address: The Turks Islands, Eastern Turks and Caicos.
South Caicos is the very last island south and west of the main Caicos island group; to the east lies the Turks group of islands. There are a few accommodations here, but plenty of stunning beaches. Notably, the island has its own airport, making it easy for any traveler seeking an alternative perspective of Turks and Caicos to get here from either Providenciales or Grand Turk.
Address: South Caicos, Eastern Turks and Caicos.
North Caicos and Middle Caicos
On leaving the main island of Providenciales and heading westward, visitors will reach North Caicos and then Middle Caicos. It is possible to take a ferry from Providenciales to North Caicos and then continue onto Middle Caicos on the recently built causeway road. If you have time to visit, driving over to the islands is a nice way to see more of Turks and Caicos. And, of course, there are more wonderful sandy beaches here too.
Address: North Caicos and Middle Caicos, Western Turks and Caicos.