Best activities and day excursions in the Turks and Caicos

Snorkeling is one of the more popular day excursions in the Turks and Caicos

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With winter hanging on throughout North America, it’s time you gave yourself a break from the cold. Might we suggest booking a holiday in the Turks and Caicos?

With a lack of mass developments on this peaceful island chain, it is the perfect place to thaw out and unwind.

Whether you book a stay at an awesome resort, or pool money together with friends so you can all stay in one of many stunning Turks and Caicos villas, you’ll be sure to have an awesome time here.

However, you’ll also have to find a way to occupy yourself for the majority of your days here, lest you go stir crazy on your sun lounger. In this guide, we will share the best activities and day excursions you can involve yourself in while vacationing in the Turks and Caicos.

1) Go on a boat tour

As gorgeous as the Turks and Caicos look from its many amazing beaches, that doesn’t even begin to compare to what can be seen from the water.

Throughout the islands, there are numerous operators who will take you up and down the coasts while you get to enjoy rum punch, BBQ’ed seafood, and swimming on some of the most difficult to reach beaches in the islands.

2) Slip into the deep blue depths…

Off the Turks and Caicos, there is a number of excellent wall dives that plunge well beyond the limits of what can be explored by recreational descenders.

The areas that are in bounds are stunning, as its super clear waters and the island’s position on the migration route of the Humpback Whale means that the chances of you seeing something amazing on a dive are high.

3) …or just putter along above a barrier reef

The pristine sands and crystal clear waters of Grace Bay Beach didn’t materialize out of nowhere, as the existence of a barrier reef offshore calmed the inshore waters over the ages, creating perfect beaches behind them as a result of this shield.

There are many places where you can just slip on a mask, snorkel, and fins, and explore these formations from straight off the beach, but hiring tour operators will allow you access to the most colourful portions, so don’t be afraid to open up your wallet and spend some money.

4) Kayak through Chalk Sound

Many of the beaches in the Turks and Caicos are home to the sort of tropical beach scenery we’ve all become accustomed to seeing on computer backgrounds and in calendars.

However, those looking for the most jaw-dropping surrounds in the entire archipelago should head to Chalk Sound National Park with a kayak tied down to the roof of their rental car.

There are no usable beaches in the entire area, which has effectively given over this massive shallow lagoon over to outdoor enthusiasts.

Few parts of this magical place are over five feet deep, so go ahead and slip out for a swim if you feel the temptation to do so.

With hundreds of rocky islets cloaked by powder blue water, you will be kicking yourself if you leave the GoPro at home, so double check before leaving the villa.

5) Rent a moped and explore the roads of T&C

For many folks, there is nothing quite like the freedom of the open road. If you count yourself among this crowd, then renting a moped will allow you to discover hidden beaches and local neighbourhoods that you otherwise never discover if you to simply stick to areas close by to your villa or resort.

So long as you remember that traffic in the Turks and Caicos drives on the left (the T&C is a dependency of the United Kingdom), give way to approaching traffic in roundabouts, and to drive defensively, you will have a great time exploring the hidden corners of this island chain.

6) Hire a jet ski

Have a need for speed? Satisfy it on the pristine waters located off Providenciales and other islands in the archipelago by hiring a jet ski.

There are many providers around the islands, many of which hawk their services on its major beaches. Agree to a reasonable price (ask what the going rate is from someone not connected to the industry), and then let ‘er rip on the waves offshore – you only live once, after all!

7) Deep sea fishing

As you might have noticed from the buffets in your resort, or at the major restaurants downtown, the Turks and Caicos has an abundant supply of local seafood.

While it is all well and good to simply order it for dinner each night in these establishments, it is infinitely more satisfying to catch your own.

With the help of local experts, you’ll have the chance to hire the services of a fishing charter boat which will take you out to the best spots to catch grouper, snapper, barracuda, and other common edible fish.

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