Turks and Caicos are lands of beauty and wonder. From astonishing beaches to rugged clifftops and interesting Indian come European histories, these islands do not disappoint. Caicos are larger islands however, the Turks are smaller. You can find some of the best beaches in the Caribbean here. In this article, we will list down the best things you can do in these islands along with the best food, hotels, best time to visit, and budget. So let’s get going.
Some things you should definitely try when visiting these islands:
1. Go Whale watching on Salt Cay
If you ever plan to visit Turks and Caicos then u should definitely add these treasures to your memories. Here the visitors either book their own cruise boat or sit on the salt-sprayed cliffs. Look to the Turks head passage that connects the west Caribbean to water around Hispaniola, you can see groups of humpback whales. These whales move southwards to give birth in the warm waters of Silver Banks. Enjoy the view of splashing tails and fins, don’t forget to click pictures.
2. Kiteboard across the waters of Long Bay Beach
This place is windier and provides an atmosphere for adventurous things such as kiteboarding. These Atlantic trade winds blow from the deep blue ocean. This place is warm and with clear waters, it becomes a perfect spot for beginners who can rent all necessary equipment from local vendors and start practicing. Adventure packages for professionals are also readily available.
3. Indulge in the Thursday night Fish Fry
No trip is complete without spending Thursday night sampling all the fresh and salty delights of the T&C Fish fry. This is a local event and, it has helped the locals and tourists to mingle up a bit. This evening is full of culture, chats, dance, laidback Carib tunes, and stalls selling shell bracelets. Here you will find the best-barbequed fish cuts. During the evening you will see drinks all over the place mostly Rum. The local Junkanoo Band uplifts the vibe with their steel drums and singing.
4. Explore the Provo Golf Club
If you are interested in golfing this is a perfect place for you. Provo Golf Club is a very beautiful place with emerald-green fairways and chalk-white bunkers come peppered with swaying palm trees, coconut plants, and pink blooms. You will find pink Flamingoes prepared for migrating, clear water adding beauty to it. Apart from the golf course it also has some tennis courts and a Fairways Bar and Grill which serves a variety of Caribbean treats and T&C fish fry platters.
5. Snorkel through Smith’s Reef
Smith’s Reef is the best spot to snorkel because of its high underwater visibility and easy accessibility from Grace bay or the jetties of Turtle Cove. The beauty you’ll see underwater is in the form of colorful corals, coming out from the seabed bursts in yellow and orange. But you should be aware of the Lionfish as it has poisonous spines on the back also, keep an eye for speedy boats.
6. Join the cruise ships and casuarinas on Governor’s Beach
The finest stretch of white sand on the island of Grand Turk, Governor lives up to a fine luxury. The blue ocean meeting the yellow sand is quite beautiful as well as peaceful. This beach is named after the Governor’s grand mansion. This beach isn’t crowded at all. You can find all sorts of privacy here with the help of pines and casuarinas lined in the back.
7. Have some refined Carib cuisine at Coco Bistro
Coco Bistro is the finest dining in Turks and Caicos. With the staff experienced under Michelle Roux and Ken Hom, the bistro provides the best Carib food. The passion for collecting fresh herbs and ingredients possible, it servers the best in taste Caribbean food with a neat Mediterranean twist.
The starter consists of tomato salads, lobster tacos, shrimp satay, and Dominican fruit ceviche, while for the main course there are tuna cuts and buttered salmon, scallops, and Mahi in Thai curry sauce.
8.Tour the old Cheshire Hall
The ruins of Cheshire Hall provide you a raw sense of history. Located between the cacti and pine trees at the heart of Providenciales Island, speaks about the high plantation boom that bought wealthy Europeans and slave owners to the shores of Turks and Caicos in the 1700s. This hall occupied 5,000 acres of land and the quarters for slaves, along with the great hall and the cotton presses can be seen. All those made of dry local limestone. Birdlife can also be seen in this Hall.
9. Explore the caverns of the Conch Bar Caves
The Conch Bars Caves seem to be carved out in the heart of the middle Caicos Land. They have been cut deep into limestone rock beds and karst hills there to form a tunnel and chambers. Some are illuminated with occasional light, also you can find graffiti of some very old tourists (1918). Some early signs of living of Lucayan tribespeople were also found here.
10. Go bonefishing on the shores
Bonefishing is more popular than deep-sea fishing and sports fishing in the Turks and Caicos. Folks come here from very far to catch fishes in the shallow waters with nothing but bait in the hand. The best spots for bonefishing are craggy coastal stretches of Bell Sound, north out of Cockburn Town, and along the rugged, dune-backed reaches of Highlands Bay.
Food you must try in Turks and Caicos
PeppaJoy Hot Sauce
The PeppaJoy Hot sauce is made from scotch bonnet peppers grown on Providenciales and North Caicos, if you hang out in Da Conch Shack and you may just run into Delano Handfield, the owner of this hot sauce company. This Hot Sauce is available now in the US also. It comes in three flavors: signature flavor called Wild Wheeland, the hot Blue Hills breeze, and the deadly Ghost.
Ever since Lionfish entered the waters around, the local authorities encouraged chefs to put it at the top of the menus list in order to eradicate it from the reefs. The meat is tender and juicy when boiled. It is also served with sushi.
The weekly fish Fry
If you visit Turks and Caicos, you should definitely go to the Blue Hills neighborhood for the weekly fish fry. Locals here grill and fry the fish late at night. You cannot leave without trying the curried conch with some local Bambarra Rum and PeppaJoy hot sauce.
Conch Ceviche is everywhere and is caught by local fishermen. Every restaurant and bar serves it. The mollusk tastes like a slice of chewy white meat similar to calamari. It is the made Ceviche with help of sweet peppers, red onion, lime, tomato, and citrus.
Snapper is featured on every menu in these islands. It is grilled with a lemon caper and shallot butter sauce, and the nearness of shores makes the food available as fresh as possible.
These tails are stapled in the Carib, and it is a tradition to have it with Turks Head Amber beer. Lobster tails are huge as well as meaty. Dip those tails in the garlic sauce and enjoy them.
Best time to Visit Turks and Caicos
During the months of April and May, these islands are less crowded and the expense of accommodation is also low so you may consider visiting those islands during these months. April and May are the best time to visit. The weather is pleasant for the whole year, but they might see some rains and even hurricanes from the month of June to November. Most hurricanes disturb the tranquility in the islands in August and September. The peak tourist time starts in December and lasts till March.
Top 10 Luxurious Hotels
- Grace Bay Club
- The Shore Club
- Wymara Resort and Villas
- Beaches Turks & Caicos
- The Somerset on Grace Bay
- West Bay Club
- The Tuscany on Grace Bay
- Point Grace Resort and Spa
- The Regent Grand
Budget for Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos are quite expensive than Maldives and Bali. On average the daily expense here is around 262$. The past travelers spend 63$ on meals and 16$ on transportation. The average hotel price in Turks and Caicos is 328$ for a couple, per night. So a trip for two, to Turks and Caicos costs around 3671$ for a week.