The Turks and Caicos Islands are the very definition of a Caribbean paradise, with sun, sea, and sand providing the perfect place to kick back and relax.
However, it’s not all about the sandy white beaches, and there’s plenty to enjoy for the more active holidaymakers, such as boat trips, scuba diving, and snorkelling.
Here are five of our favourite things to do in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay is not just the number one beach in Turks and Caicos, it’s the number one beach in the world!
That’s according to TripAdvisor, who named it the world’s best beach in their Travelers’ Choice awards.
With breath-taking views over the ocean and soft sand underfoot, as well as being right next to plenty of shops and restaurants, there’s certainly a lot to love about Grace Bay.
What’s more, it’s situated right next to most of the resorts so you won’t have far to travel once you roll out of bed!
So whether you want to spend the day sunbathing or cooling off in the ocean, there’s no better place than these 12 miles of sheer paradise.
While Providenciales (or Provo as it’s known to locals) is the biggest island, and where you’ll find most of the resorts, shops, and beaches, the islands are actually made up of around 40 tiny islands, many of which are totally uninhabited.
So why not hire out a boat for the day or take in a tour to explore some of these true desert island paradises.
If you visit between February and April, you could even take a whale watching tour, in the hope of spotting these gentle giants at an amazingly close range.
Provo Golf Club
If your idea of relaxing is spending your afternoon getting 18 holes under your belt, what better place to do so than shaded by palm trees with the Caribbean sun on your back?
The Provo Golf Club is the only course on the islands, but the perfect conditions make it ideal for getting a few rounds in.
After all, where else are you going to be able to play a round of golf with flamingos chilling out by the side of the green!
Taylor Bay Beach
If you’re after a beach that’s a little more secluded than Grace Bay, look no further than Taylor Bay.
This beach is also perfect for parents with young children, with the shallow waters with no steep drop-offs perfect for paddling around in.
The relative quiet of Taylor Bay does come with something of a drawback as it can take a little longer to get to, but it’s more than worth it when you discover its tranquil rippling sands.
Scuba Diving / Snorkelling
If you want to get up close and personal with some of the marine wildlife that the islands have to offer, what better way than by trying out scuba diving or snorkelling.
One of the best destinations to do so is Bight Reef, just offshore from Provo. Check out all of the various mini-caves and crevices to discover a whole new world of colourful fish in their natural habitats.
And with reefs varying from as shallow as 3 feet to as deep as 16 feet, there’s something for every level of experience.
For a much more comprehensive of list of all of the great things to do on these gorgeous islands, check out this list of 78 Things to Do on Turks & Caicos Islands from Beach House.