60 things to do in Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos islands may be smaller than their Caribbean neighbours, but there are plenty of opportunities for having fun. Whether you’re planning your first vaction, or you’re a repeat visitor, there’s always something new and exciting to discover.

If you’re looking for the very best things to do in Turks and Caicos, here’s a rundown of must-do activities to try…

Beaches and islands

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Take a trip to the beach

From the expansive main bays, to the lesser-known cays and coves, the beaches in Turks and Caicos are all equally stunning. Brilliant white sand is the norm and the sea is crystal clear, with intense turquoise hues that have to be seen to be believed. Wherever you are on the islands, a trip to the beach is a must.

Head to a child-friendly cove

With its clear calm shallows and powdery soft sands, this picturesque cove in Providenciales is an excellent place to visit with kids. Sheltered from the southeast trade winds by the small Ocean Point peninsula, the beach is very safe with no underwater currents and only a few conch shells and small rocks  in the sand.

Find the finest beach in the world

Providenciales, or ‘Provo’ as it is also known, offers a fantastic selection of beaches. Grace Bay and Leeward Bay are often voted the finest beaches in the world, yet Sapodilla Bay, Long Bay, Malcolm’s Road Beach and Bight Beach all deserve a visit. Most Turks and Caicos villas are located in Provo, at top spots along the coast.

Visit the Governor’s beach

When the cruise ships aren’t in town, Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk is one of the most idyllic and peaceful beaches on the island. The sand is lined with casuarina trees and the surrounding area is home to a host of attractions such as the old Governor’s residence and the island’s capital Cockburn Town. You can find out more about the cruise ship schedule here.

 Explore rugged bays

If you’re looking for something a little more rugged and remote then head to the North and Middle Caicos beaches. The scenic Mudjin Harbour and Bambarra Beach are the best on Middle Caicos, and the number of visitors is so low you won’t have to share them with hardly anyone. In North Caicos, Hollywood Beach, Whitby Beach and Pumpkin Bluff Beach are the best, with shallower water that makes them perfect for snorkeling.

Snorkeling and Diving

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Learn to scuba dive

Diving is one of the most popular things to do in Turks and Caicos, so it’s no surprise that most dive companies on the islands offer Padi dive courses. You can complete your basic certification at most dive centers, and you can take advanced courses too. Blue Water Divers in Grand Turk lets you do your bookwork online at home, and your water-based training on vacation.

Go diving in West Caicos

The uninhabited island of West Caicos is home to spectacular beaches and unparralled diving. On the west side you’ll find some of the best wall diving in the region, with sheers drops from about 40 feet down to the ocean floor. The north and eastern sides offer excellent diving too, and plenty of shallows for snorkelling.

Go kid-friendly snorkeling

If you’re looking for things to do in Turks and Caicos with kids, why not take the little ones snorkeling? The Coral Gardens snorkeling area, or Bight Reef as it is also known, is the easiest reef to snorkel for kids and beginners. The snorkeling trail is located just off Grace Bay and it is clearly marked with safety ropes. What’s more, the fish are quite tame as they’re used to to humans swimming around them.

Try freediving 

Freediving (diving whilst holding your breath) can be one of the most relaxing ways to discover the underwater world, and with a bit of pratise and training you can reach depths of around 50 feet  or more. It is less cumbersome than regular diving as you don’t need much equipment, and many people who practise the sport say they feel more at one with nature. Dive Provo offers freedive instruction.

Sample snuba diving

Why not explore the pristine coral reef around Turks and Caicos on a snuba diving tour? Yes it’s snuba not scuba, and unlike conventional scuba diving, you’ll be equipped with an air hose attached to your scuba mask, so you can go deeper than regular snorkeling and can see more, too. Snuba diving is suitable for children as young as 8, and is great fun for adults as well.

Snorkel like 007

Power snorkelling is a relatively new way to snorkel, where you hold a special power unit that propels you along effortlessly underwater – like you may have seen in James Bond movies! This one-of-a kind experience is an exciting way to explore the coral reef, and is offered by most water sports providers.

Dive with sharks

You can have an up-close encounter with small passive sharks, as well as turtles, stingrays and other sea life on a deep sea dive. Aqau TCI runs diving excursions for certified divers at top dive spots like Northwest Point, West Caicos, Sandbore Channel and French Cay. A 3-tank dive option is available for those who wish to head to deeper, less visited sites.

Other water sports

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Go kayaking through mangroves

One of the best ways to explore the shallow waters and winding mangrove channels around the Turks and Caicos is on a kayaking tour. Big Blue Unlimited offers a variety of guided eco tours for both novices and avid kayakers alike.

Kitesurf all year round

The consistent trade winds across the Turks and Caicos islands make them a great destination for kitesurfing all year round. Long Bay Beach on Provo is one of the best places for novices to kite as the water is clean, clear and shallow. While experienced riders should head to the extensive flatwater just off the island.

SUP board through a national reserve

Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP boarding as it is also known, is a great way to spot local wildlife around the island’s national reserves. And as you’re standing up on your board you can get a much better view of what’s going on underneath and around you. The best places to head for SUP boarding are Grace Bay, and the region’s national parks and nature reserves.

Sail into the sunset

Due to its calm turquoise seas and great year-round weather, sailing is one of the top things to do in Turks and Caicos. Sail Beluga offers private catamaran charters from Providenciales with family, romance and honeymoon packages available.

Design your own excursion

Water sports fans and nature lovers alike will love the customised excursions offered by Silly Creek Water Sports. You can design your very own private excursion with wakeboarding, waterskiing and tubing included. Once you’ve pitted your wits against the water, you can head to the surrounding beaches and cays for rock jumping, wildlife spotting and exploring.

Sail a Hobie Cat

Hobie Cats are a lesser-known type of sailboat, like small easy-to-sail, unsinkable catamarans. It’s easy to learn how to use a Hobie Cat, and most beginners can learn the basics in around an hour. Grace Bay is the main area for Hobie Cat sailing, and Long Bay also offers great conditions.

Go swimming – on horseback!

You can explore the region’s natural beauty on a horseback riding excursion, both on land and in the ocean. You’ll take a leisurely ride along the beach first, then unsaddle your horse and ride bareback into the water for an exhilarating riding experience. Provo Ponies offers a variety of group and private riding packages.

Land sports and activities

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Hire a scooter

Hiring a scooter is a great way to explore the local area and head off the beaten track. Paradise Scooter offers guided island tours around Provo, or if you prefer to head out on your own, you can hire a scooter for around $30 per day. If you’re not quite ready for the thrill of riding a scooter, you can hire an electric bike instead.

Surf on a wave simulator

A ride on the Grand Turk Flowrider is a great way to pack in some adrenaline-fuelled excitement to any afternoon. Located in the huge lagoon pool at the Grand Turk Cruise Center, this self-contained water attraction provides the perfect conditions for surfing and bodyboarding on an artificial wave. When you’re done you can do some duty-free shopping, grab a bite to eat or just relax by the pool.

Quad bike along a cliff top

If you want to head off the beaten track, a quad biking tour is a great way to explore areas that other vehicles can’t reach. Funtastic Tours operates quad bike excursions around Grand Turk, with routes around the town, as well as the surrounding beaches and clifftops.

Go on a dune buggy safari

Guided tours are one of the most popular things to do in Turks and Caicos, and off-road dune buggy rides are definitely a fun adventure option. Similar to quad bikes, you can explore some fantastic locations, although much of the tour takes place on paved roads so it’s a smoother ride.

Tee off on a top golf course

Consistently voted as one of the top 10 golf courses in the Caribbean, Provo Golf Club is home to a fantastic 18-hole championship golf course. Open to residents and visitors alike, the course offers excellent facilities including a full-service pro shop, putting areas, a flood-lit tennis court and a restaurant.

Cycle around Provo

If you want to rent a bike and cycle around the Provo, the Caicos Cyclery in Grace Bay offers great-value bike rental for all the family.

Walk the local dogs

Potcakes are super-cute mixed breed dogs found on most Caribbean islands. There are a number of homeless Potcake dogs at the Potcake Place rescue center, and visitors are welcome to pop in and take one for a walk along the beach. If you really get on, you can even adopt one!

Historic attractions

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Learn about the bygone salt industry

The remnants of the country’s old salt industry can be seen at the salt evaporation ponds on Grand Turk. Also known as salinas, these huge partially-restored production ponds were once used to produce sea salt – one of the largest exports from the islands in the early 1900s. For those interested in the history, there’s a free exhibit at the Salt House museum on Grand Turk.

Visit the old lighthouse

Built in 1852, the Grand Turk Lighthouse is the region’s most famous landmark. This beautiful structure is located high on a clifftop along the northern coast of Grand Turk, and accessed via a scenic coastal path with stunning views over the sea.

See where Christopher Columbus landed

No Turks and Caicos vacation would be complete without a visit to the region’s capital, Cockburn Town. This charming town is home to some fascinating historic attractions. It’s also thought to be the site where Christopher Columbus first landed on his New World voyage in 1492.

Go to prison!

For anyone interested in the history of Turks and Caicos, Her Majesy’s Prison in Grand Turk offers a fascinating look into the country’s Colonial past. Built in the 1830s to hold just 6 prisoners, the facility was expanded to a capacity of around 50 by the time of its closure in the early 1990s. It’s now one of the island’s top tourist attractions.

Visit a cotton plantation

The Wade’s Green Plantation is the best surviving cotton plantation in the Turks and Caicos, and it is open to the public for daily tours. Located in Kew, in North Caicos, it is has been described as one of the finest examples of Colonial plantation history in existence.

See an ancient shipwreck

The Turks and Caicos National Museum is an essential stop if you want to find out about the history and culture of the islands. Located in Cockburn Town, the museum is home to some fascinating exhibits from the Molasses Reef Wreck (the oldest European shipwreck excavated in the western hemisphere) as well as other cultural artefacts like old Spanish coins and ancient Lucayan Indian relics.

Tours and day trips

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Visit the world’s only conch farm

If you’re looking for unique things to do in Turks and Caicos, how about learning everything you need to know about the Caribbean Queen Conch? The Caicos Conch Farm in Provo is the only conch farm in the world, and it offers daily guided tours. You can even purchase fresh local conch to take away.

Go on a guided tram tour

Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Grand Turk on a tram tour around the island. Island Trams offers a variety of guided tours that take you around Grank Turk’s top tourist attractions. You can learn about the region’s fascinating Colonial history, and stop off along the way for a spot of shopping.

Spot humpback whales

If you’re looking for things to do in Turks and Caicos during the winter months, you should definitely consider a whale watching excursion. Salt Cay and Grand Turk are the best areas to spot humpback whales, with regular sightings during migration season from around January to April. Quite a few local businesses offer whale watching tours, with snokeling and diving included.

Get a bird’s-eye view

A helicopter tour is one of the best ways to get a bird’s-eye view of the Turks and Caicos islands. You can arrange a narrated 4-person tour over Grand Turk and the nearby uninhabited cays with Mountain Air Helicopter.

Try reef fishing

The waters around Providenciales are excellent for a variety of fishing including traditional rod fishing, bottom fishing and deep-sea sport fishing. Reef fishing is a great choice for families as it’s the most likely to result in an easy catch. You can find some amazing bone fishing in the region too, usually in the flats around Provo.

Island hop

Most visitors stay on the main island of Provo, but it’s easy to arrange a boat charter or hop on a ferry to the surrounding islands. There’s the laid-back capital Grand Turk, the tropical island of North Caicos and the larger island of Middle Caicos with its gorgeous beaches and vast underground cave system. East Caicos is swampy but has great views, and South Caicos is the fishing capital.

Natural attractions

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Swim with stingrays

Gibbs Cay, or Stingray City as it is known locally, is a stunning little island where you can snorkel and swim with hoards of friendly stingrays. Many people are initially wary, however the ones at Gibbs Cay are so used to being fed and stroked by tour guides that they flock to the area and are relatively tame. Many tour companies offer day trips to Gibbs Cay with lunch and snorkeling gear included.

See more iguana than you ever thought possible

Located a short boat ride from Provo, the quaint island sanctuary of Salt Water Cay is home to the endangered Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana. You can also spot a variety of tropical birds as well as stingrays and small sharks.

Visit a national park

There is a vast system of protected national parks and nature reserves in Turks and Caicos, and you’ll find different types of local terrains across them all. The Chalk Sound National Park is a beautiful turquoise lagoon on the southwest tip of Provo, and it is said to be one of the most beautiful national parks in the country.

Explore ancient caves

The Conch Bar Caves in Middle Caicos are the largest and oldest underground caves in the entire Caribbean region. This vast cave system is fascinating to explore with its underground lagoons, and stalactites and stalagmites that jut from above and below. The caves are home to ancient Lucayan Indian artefacts, as well as bats and other wildlife.

Shopping and spas

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Enjoy some retail therapy

As a relaively small country, the Turks and Caicos doesn’t have the extensive shopping options that other larger tourist detinations offer. There are a small number of upscale shopping malls in Providenciales, as well some gift and souvenir shops. There are some shops in Grand Turk too, mainly at the Grand Turk Cruise Center and at smaller sites like the Salt House Museum and the Turks and Caicos National Museum.

Pick up some duty-free

You can do some great duty-free shopping while you’re in Turks and Caicos. The best selection of duty-free shops can be found in Grace Bay, Providenciales, at the Saltmills Plaza, the Regent Village shopping center and the Ports of Call Plaza. You’ll find great branded items like clothing, watches, jewellery, perfumes and accesories, as well as liquor, cigarettes and cigars.

Relax at a spa

If relaxing on the world’s best beaches isn’t enough, why not head to a luxury spa? There are a number of spas around Grace Bay offering a variety of treatments including body wraps, massages, manicures, and makeup artistry. A few companies also provide a mobile service, so if you’re staying in one of our Turks and Caicos villas, they can come to you.

Buy a sea-salt souvenir

Hundreds of years ago, locally harvested sea salt first put the Turks and Caicos on the map. The salt was cultivated at specially built salinas and was one of the main Caribbean exports. Today it is still harvested on the islands, although on a much smaller scale. Small bags of Turks and Caicos sea salt make great souvenirs – you can buy them at most food stores and supermarkets.

Eating and drinking

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Taste your way around Provo

Providenciales is the undisputed dining capital of the Turks and Caicos, home to a fantastic range of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. The local cuisine mostly revolves around seafood – namely conch – although there are a good selection of restaurants that serve international cuisines like Japanese, Indian, Thai and Italian. The best restaurants in Turks and Caicos are located around the Grace Bay and Turtle Cove area, although there are some hidden gems on all the islands.

Grab a burger in Grand Turk

The dining scene on Grand Turk is very different to that on Provo as the majority of tourists visit for just a few hours straight from the cruise port. Most of the places to eat are casual dining shacks and restaurants serving burgers, pizzas and seafood. As may be expected though, they tend to get quite crowded when the cruise ships stop off.

Sample fresh local fare

North and Middle Caicos don’t have a huge selection of restaurants, but there are some top choices if you fancy sampling fresh local fare. Many of the restaurants combine fresh seafood with locally grown vegetables from the Government farm in North Caicos. Most places are closed on Sunday, although several will open by reservation if you book in advance.

Sample the local rum

Bambarra rum is the islands’ signature rum brand, and it’s a must-try tipple during a Turks and Caicos vacation. You can buy it in any bar or rum shack, or you can stock up on bottles in most supermarkets and liquor stores.

Grab an ice-cold beer

The ale and lager of the Turks Head Brewery in Provo are the only beers brewed in the entire country. The brewery isn’t open to the public, but you can buy the bubbly flavourful Turks Head beer from any bar, restaurant or supermarket. We think it’s best enjoyed ice cold with a slice of lime.

Entertainment and nightlife

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Party at a conch festival

The Turks and Caicos Conch Festival is a celebration of…you guessed it…the conch! The conch is the country’s reigning delicacy, and one of its largest exports. The festival is a family-friendly event with live calypso music, great entertainment and local food and drink – a must-do on any Turks and Caicos vacation list.

Hang out at a fish fry

The nightlife in the Turks and Caicos can’t compete with the revelry of, say, Barbados, but this laid-back island still offers plenty of entertainment. The beach shacks along Blue Hills Beach in Provo are a great place to hang out, as is the Thursday night fish fry in Bight Park. 

Have a flutter at the casino

It was once illegal on the islands, but the casino action has picked up in the Turks and Caicos in recent years. The Casablanca Casino in Provo offers roulette, blackjack and baccarat and is open from lunchtime to 5am.

Kick back at a beachside bar

There are some terrific beachside bars and lounges in Providenciales, so you can kick-back with a cocktail and watch the sun go down. The newest and best can be found along the beachfront at Grace Bay and many have DJ nights, dancing and happy hours.

Drink beer and watch the game

You can watch sports on a big-screen TV, listen to music and dine on local island fare at the Club Sodax sports bar in Provvo. There’s a great Irish pub in Provo too, featuring beer on tap, darts and pool tables… it’s called Danny Buoy’s.

Romance

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Get married on the beach

If you’re thinking of getting married in Turks and Caicos, there are endless ways to tie the knot. You can have a service barefoot on the beach, or get hitched on a sailboat – or in one of our luxury Turks and Caicos villas. If you fancy the boat option, Sail Provo can organise a wedding on one of its larger catamarans for up to 100 people. Alternatively, the Top Villas concierge team can help you arrange the wedding of your dreams in one of our Turks and Caicos vacation homes.

Set sail to a deserted cay

If you want to get away from it all, you can rent a boat and set sail to the tiny Leeward Cays between Provo and North Caicos. There’s Parrot Cay and Fort George Cay, where abandoned cannons off the northwest shore make for great snorkeling. Dellis Cay is home to an abandoned resort, and Little Water Cay is a nature reserve for Turks and Caicos rock iguana.

Dine on a tiny island

The tiny island of Salt Cay is home to just 3 restaurants, but the food is great and the atmosphere is cosy and romantic. The restaurants all offer good food at decent prices, especially considering that much of it has to be imported from the larger islands. You’ll find a heavy seafood influence on the menus, as well as the more common meat and vegetable dishes. It’s a good idea to book in advance to let them know you’re coming, and it’s likely it will be just the two of you there.

Have a Turks and Caicos honeymoon

The Turks and Caicos islands may be relatively small in size, but they offer an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for couples to enjoy together. The country boasts plenty of things to do while retaining an intimate charm unlike many other mainstream honeymoon destinations. You can read our Turks and Caicos honeymoon guide here.

If you’re thinking of booking a Turks and Caicos vacation and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact us today. Additionally, our dedicated concierge team can arrange any added extras you need such as great-value car hire. You can see all of our Turks and Caicos villas here.

 

A Turks and Caicos honeymoon guide

If your idea of wedded bliss is jetting off to an idyllic island paradise, then a Turks and Caicos honeymoon should fit the bill. These lesser-known Caribbean isles offer bags of unspoilt beauty, and more fun activities to tick off your bucket list than you probably realize.

Why Turks and Caicos?

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Intimate charm

Although small in size, the Turks and Caicos islands offer an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for couples to enjoy together. Less busy yet more upscale than many of its Caribbean counterparts, the region boasts plenty to do while retaining an intimate charm unlike more mainstream honeymoon destinations.

World-class beaches

This British Overseas Territory actually consists of more than 40 tropical islands, but only 8 of them are inhabited. Providenciales, or ‘Provo’ as it is known locally, is by far the most developed island, and where most visitors stay. You’ll find Grace Bay here – a 12-mile stretch of beach voted as one of the best in the world – as well as a handful of modern conveniences like restaurants, spas and shopping facilities, and a golf course.

Great diving

Along with beaches, the top Turks and Caicos attraction is diving. The entire archipelago sits on a submarine plateau which extends a short distance from the shoreline then plunges 6,000 ft to the ocean floor. You can explore the the shallow reef in around 40 ft of water or take a boat to the plateau precipice for some fantastic wall dives.

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An abundance of sealife

The region’s other major marine feature is the Columbus Passage, a 22-mile-wide channel that separates the Turks islands from the Caicos islands. This area is a popular highway for migrating turtles, rays, dolphins and humpback whales, so it makes for some exciting boat tours.

Island highlights

If you can tear yourself away from the beaches and sea, the islands have plenty of other attractions. You’ll find the world’s only conch farm on Provo, pink flamingoes on North Caicos, and a massive underground cave system on Middle Caicos. There’s Grand Turk too, the regions’s historic capital, home to old colonial-style buildings, a museum, and the only cruise port in the island chain.

Best time for a honeymoon in Turks & Caicos

Turks and Caicos is at its best in the winter and early spring, when the climate is sunny and dry, with highs reaching the mid 80s. In the summer and fall, daytime temperatures creep up even higher, but these months coincide with hurricane season which runs from June to November. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, a constant trade wind keeps the climate at a comfortable level.

The Turks and Caicos has warm sea too. The water temperature in the summer is in the low 80s, and in winter about the mid 70s. Hoping to go whale watching? You can spot migrating humpback whales around Grand Turk and Salt Cay from late January to early April.

Know before you go

Language: English
Currency: US dollar
Time zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Health requirements: No vaccinations are required
Getting around: Taxis or car hire (drive on the left)
Tipping: Add 15% at restaurants

Getting there

Most visitors fly into Providenciales. From there it’s an easy commuter flight to the other islands. Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is a modern facility and the only one within the islands served by scheduled international carriers, predominantly from North America, Europe and other Caribbean islands.

From London

If you’re travelling to the Turks and Caicos from London, you can fly daily with British Airways or American Airlines to Miami, then change for the short 90-minute flight from Miami to Providenciales.

From the United States

You can get direct flights from the United States to Turks and Caicos with the larger airlines like American Airlines, United, Delta and Jetblue. You can fly direct from New York City in around 4 hours, and LA is around 13 hours away. From Miami the flight time is just 90 minutes.

Romantic things to do

Set sail on a private island getaway

If you’re thinking of things to do during a Turks and Caicos honeymoon, what could be more romantic than chartering a private boat and sailing to a deserted island for the day? Once you’re there you can frolic on pristine beaches, spot pink flamingoes (or maybe even whales), and snorkel hand-in-hand in warm, turquoise waters. Once you’ve worked up a hunger, you can hop back on the boat for a romantic picnic lunch. Boat Rental Turks and Caicos rents boats by the hour at reasonable rates.

How to spend a honeymoon on Turks and Caicos

Take a full moon paddle tour

You can take your newlywed on a kayaking tour into the wilderness of the region’s remote cays, mangroves and tidal creeks. Big Blue Unlimited offers a range of guided eco tours, suitable for novices as well as more avid kayakers. The full moon paddle tour is a great option for couples looking to spend a romantic evening together.

Visit a spa

What better way to kick off married life than with a bit of pampering in a peace-filled luxury spa? The Teona Spa in Provo offers a range of great spa experiences, with 10% off all treatments for new customers. You can opt for a 2-hour couple’s massage that includes a relaxing clay wrap and a 90-minute hot-stone massage.

Get a history lesson

Cockburn Town is the low-key capital of Grand Turk. It’s also home to a fascinating historic section where you can see the architectural remnants of the island’s Colonial past. You can take a tour of Duke and Front streets, where you’ll see vintage buildings behind picket fences, entwined with crimson bougainvillea. While you’re in town you can visit the region’s national museum, as well as other historic sites like the Grand Turk Lighthouse, Her Majesty’s Prison, and the island’s abandoned salt salinas.

Watch the sunset

Turks and Caicos is a fantastic place to watch the sunset, and what better way to watch it than with your significant other by your side? There are a number of great ways to catch the sunset on a Turks and Caicos honeymoon. You can take a romantic sunset cruise, or watch with a cocktail in hand from a beach bar by the sea. For something a little different why not book a sunset horse ride at Grace Bay, one of the world’s finest beaches?

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Where to stay

If you’re looking for top-notch accommodation for your Turks and Caicos honeymoon, the luxury Turks and Caicos villas offered by Top Villas are an excellent choice. Ideal for romance and relaxation, rentals are located in top spots overlooking the ocean, and come equipped with luxury amenities throughout.

You can rent this newly renovated 2-bedroom villa at Sapodilla Bay Beach for very reasonable rates.

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This elegant 3-bedroom villa near Grace Bay is surrounded by the soothing hues of the ocean.

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If you’re thinking of booking a Turks and Caicos honeymoon and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact us today. Additionally, our dedicated concierge team can arrange any added extras you need such as great-value car hire.

 

Ideas for the February half-term holidays

It’s not too late to book a half-term family holiday, whether you want to chill on the beach in Thailand, go skiing in the French Alps or rent a villa near Disney World in Orlando. 

If you need a little inspiration before you book, here’s a rundown of ideas for the February half-term holidays…

Koh Samui, Thailand

What’s the weather like in Koh Samui in February?

If you’re heading to Koh Samui in February you’re guaranteed lots of sunshine and hardly any rain. In fact, Koh Samui sees less rainfall in February than in any other month of the year. Daily temperatures can reach up to 86F.

Flight times from London to Koh Samui

You can fly from London to Koh Samui (via Bangkok) in around 13 hours.

Thailand is a good place to visit for February half term

Things to do

Think white sandy beaches, boutique spas and idyllic islands. You can sample traditional Thai cuisine and see the world from a new perspective on an elephant trek. Little ones will love the Coco Splash Water Park, as well as zip-lining over Samui’s rich rainforest. Other kid-friendly attractions include football golf, where you steer a football around a golf course – using your feet, of course – as well as go-karting, kayaking, crazy golf, kids’ playgrounds and beaches galore.

Where to stay in Koh Samui in February

This luxury Koh Samui vacation home is still available for the February half-term holidays.

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Offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a private swimming pool, this pretty villa is located in the Bangrak area, close to the beach, and within easy reach of the popular Fisherman’s Village area.

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Orlando

What’s the weather like in Orlando in February?

The weather in Orlando during February half-term holiday is perfect for little ones. Daytime temperatures begin to creep upwards as spring arrives, and you can expect it to reach a comfortable 73F during the day – warm enough to enjoy Orlando’s water parks. It’s also a good time to visit the theme parks as they aren’t as crowded as in the peak summer months (see our handy crowd calendar for more information). February is a great time for golf too, as you won’t have to endure the stifling heat experienced later in the year.

Flight times from London to Orlando

The average flight time from London to Orlando is around 9 hours.

Places to visit for February half term

Things to do in Orlando during February half term

There’s so much to do in Orlando you’ll find it tricky deciding where to start!

If you’re visiting Orlando for the February half-term holiday, you’ll be in time for the Mardi Gras festival at Universal Studios and the Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Disney World. Kids will love the never-ending theme parks, as well as other highlights like Aquatica and Gatorland. There’s also an array of fantastic shopping and entertainment districts too, like i-Drive 360, Universal Citywalk and Disney Springs.

If you need any more inspiration, there are themed dinners, wacky museums, indoor play zones and animal parks. There’s indoor skydiving too, so your little ones can actually fly – we’re not kidding.

If you stay in one of our luxury villas in Orlando, you’ll have some of Florida’s best golf courses on your doorstep, plus fantastic resort amenities like water parks, swimming pools, restaurants, sports facilities and kiddie play zones.

Where to stay in Orlando during February half term

This expansive Orlando villa is available at discounted rates for February half-term.

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It offers 7 bedrooms, a cinema, a game room and a large private swimming pool – there’s also a Harry Potter-themed bedroom that little ones will love. The beautiful home is located in the exclusive Reunion Resort community, just 5.5 miles from Disney World.

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Chamonix, France

What’s the weather like in Chamonix in February?

If you’re heading to Chamonix in February, you can expect lots of snow and some seriously good conditions for skiing and snowboarding.

Flight times from London

You can fly from London to Geneva, Switzerland in 1 hour, 30 minutes. From Geneva, you can drive to Chamonix in around an hour.

Holiday ideas for February half-term

Things to do

Chamonix is one of the highest and most famous ski resorts in France. It’s also home to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain range in Europe. It boasts stunning surroundings and a whole host of family-friendly attractions that make it perfect for the February half-term holidays.

The half-term week is pretty busy on the slopes, but you shouldn’t let that put you off. You can avoid the waiting times by pre-ordering your lift passes. You can also book skiing lessons so you won’t have to queue for the lifts. Dining in-chalet is a great way to avoid the busy restaurants, or you could even take a packed lunch out onto the slopes.

It’s not all about just skiing either. Chamonix is a great place for non-ski activities like husky dog rides, hiking and snowshoeing. You can chill out at a spa, or visit the surrounding towns with their great shops and buzzing après ski.

Where to stay

This luxury chalet in Chamonix offers breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc mountain range.

Chamonix villas

There are 6 bedrooms, as well as first-class facilities including a movie theater, a game room, a sauna, a gym and a hot tub.

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Turks and Caicos

What’s the weather like in February?

Like much of the Caribbean, the Turks and Caicos islands have become a year-round holiday destination. The high season runs from around mid-December to mid-April, so if you visit for the February half-term holiday, you’re guaranteed great weather. Average daytime temperatures will be around 80-84F, with a constant trade wind that keeps the climate feeling comfortable.

Flight times from London to Turks and Caicos

Around 10 hours.

February half-term holidays in Turks and Caicos

Things to do in Turks and Caicos in February

There’s the main tourist centre of Providenciales, as well as the quieter islands of Middle and North Caicos, and the historic capital island of Grand Turk. Each area offers its own unique character and charm, but all offer plenty of things to do.

Providenciales, or Provo as it is known locally, is the best known of the islands with a wide range of hotels, restaurants and attractions. In Grand Turk you’ll get a glimpse into Caribbean history, with the area’s Bermudian architecture and traditional laid-back vibe. You’ll find some of the best diving there, too.

Middle and North Caicos are great if you’re looking to find the best of the local environment. There are secluded bays to explore, as well as lush green woodlands and the biggest cave network in the Caribbean.

South Caicos is the centre for fishing, with lobster and conch exported from the islands. You’ll find the historic Cockburn Harbour here too, as well as secluded beaches with gorgeous views over the turquoise sea.

Most of the islands are only around 10–25 minutes by air from Provo, and most of them can be reached by boat.

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos

This elegant oceanfront villa in Providenciales is ideal for a family holiday in Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos villas

There are 3 en-suite bedrooms, as well as spacious indoor/outdoor living areas and a large infinity pool. The property is conveniently located close to Leeward Marina, and just a short drive from the famous Grace Bay Beach area.

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Miami

What’s the weather like in February?

Hailed as a place where the sun shines all year round, Miami is a top choice for the February half-term holidays. Similar to Orlando, temperatures in Miami are starting to heat up for the spring, so you can expect daily temperatures of around 76F.

Flight time from London

Flights from London to Miami International take around 9 hours.

half-term holidays in Miami

Things to do

If you’re visiting Miami for February half term, there are endless kid-friendly things to experience. There are sunny palm-fringed beaches where little ones can splash around and build sandcastles. There’s also the colourful art deco architecture, which is sure to wow visitors of all ages.

For day trips head to South Beach, a great place for swimming and water sports, as well as roller skating along the famous boardwalk. Or head to Miami Zoo, the only zoo in the US located in a subtropical climate. Another great place is Jungle Island, where you can spot exotic birds and a variety of wild animals.

It’s not just the kids that will love Miami, either. For golfers, it’s paradise. The city is also home to world-class spas, great shops and an excellent range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Where to stay in Miami

Set in a peaceful gated community in Palm Beach, this huge 5-bedroom villa is the perfect place for a family getaway.

Miami for February half-term holiday

Fringed by immaculately manicured gardens and right by the waterfront, it features a swimming pool and a hot tub, plus a movie theater and a private boat dock.

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If you’re booking a trip for the February half-term holidays, you can call the Top Villas travel team for any help or advice you need. Additionally, the concierge service can arrange any added holiday extras such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

 

 

Top Villas Pool of The Week

Appreciate the soaring Caribbean sun, tropical landscape and overlook the beautiful clear blue waves which lay below.

Located in the utmost luxurious area, its the perfect opportunity for a top relaxation session within a serene atmosphere.

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Beach enthusiasts will adore this villa just moments from the sands. Enjoy a swim in the pool or walk down to the beach and have a dip in the calming waves.

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Admire the abundance of blue in this picturesque setting and let the everyday worries fade away. The pool: a tranquil and soothing paradise, is ideal to spend any part of the day, absorbing the gorgeous weather.

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Once the fun has been done, come and sit in the contemporary dining area, toast your glasses and savor a gourmet evening meal.

Turks and Caicos Voted World’s Best Island By TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor has announced Providenciales, Turks and Caicos as the world’s best island in the Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015.

Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The island came second in last year’s awards, pipped to the post by Ambergris Caye in Belize, which didn’t made the grade this year. The tropics seem to be the theme with only two European destinations making the top 10.

Villas in Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos vacation rentals

The stunning Greek island of Santorini comes in at number four, while Ko Tao in Thailand – a popular choice with back-packers – comes in at number five. Islands such as Madeira, Bali, and Mauritius are also in the top ten, coming in at six, seven, and eight respectively.

 

The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival – Turks & Caicos

Each November Turks and Caicos hosts the renowned Caribbean Food and Wine Festival!

Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

A three-day food fest featuring celebrity chefs, renowned wine makers and array of authentic epicurean delights will kick off on November 6th in Grace Bay, and is already set to be a sell-out. The festival will feature an exciting line-up of events including a grand opening dinner, a gourmet safari, a street food festival and dinner on the beach. Events will take place at some of the finest hotels and restaurants in Providenciales with a cast of all-star local and international chefs and the world’s most celebrated wine makers.

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Diving Around the Islands – Things to do in Turks and Caicos

Located in a sheltered spot southeast of the Bahamas, diving in Turks and Caicos is exquisite and every divers dream.

Consisting of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited, these islands are a slice of pure paradise with calm conditions, miles of unspoiled beaches, crystal clear waters and some of the most expansive coral reefs in the world. The islands offer world-class diving and snorkeling all year round, with pristine reefs, an abundance of tropical flora and fauna and a number of world-class dive sites to explore.

Diving in Provo

Diving in Provo

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Cheshire Hall Plantation – Things to do in Turks and Caicos

With miles of pearly white sands, sparkling waters, a lush green interior and an abundance of calm tropical charm, the Turks and Caicos islands are a slice of pure paradise.

Located southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas, north of the island of Hispaniola and just 90 minutes by plane from Miami, the islands are easy to reach and offer an array of things to see and do when you arrive.

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Chalk Sound timsackton

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