Turks & Caicos is the prefect retreat for discerning travelers who choose the destination for its unspoiled natural environment, beautiful white sand beaches and its friendly and hospitable people. The islands, which are easily accessible, offer something for every type of traveler – the visitor who seeks relaxation and wellness, families seeking to create new memories, honeymooners who escape to our private islands and even thrill seekers who are on the hunt for their next adventure.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are made up of forty islands and cays of which only nine are inhabited. This provides the opportunity for travelers to have diverse experiences as they discover the uniqueness of each of the Sister Islands.
If you’re planning a visit to Turks and Caicos, venture off the beaten path with these four experiences:
1. Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos
Arguably the best views in the Turks & Caicos Islands are from the infamous Mudjin Harbour in Middle Caicos, the largest island in the Turks & Caicos chain. The breathtaking view of the dramatic limestone cliffs extend as far as the eyes can see and are complemented by endless turquoise waters. Be sure to pack your walking shoes for a slight hike up the hill to see the praying hands sculpture. Next, follow along the stoned trail to a hidden staircase, where upon your descent you will find yourself on the pristine Mudjin Harbour Beach – perfect for a private picnic lunch.
2. Whale Watching in Salt Cay
Upon your arrival to the quaint island of Salt Cay you are greeted by a sign that says ‘Welcome to Salt Cay – The Island of Adventure’. You may be surprised that this small island, at only 2.5 square miles, is known as an island of adventure. However, Salt Cay is the ideal location for an authentic island retreat with its rustic charm. It also offers a front row seat to view the migrating humpback whales during January to April annually. Plan a day trip or dual stay on Salt Cay which is accessible via ferry or flight from Grand Turk or Providenciales.
3. Bonefishing in South Caicos
South Caicos is known locally as the ‘Fishing Captial of the Turks & Caicos Islands’ based on its historical and present day abundance for fish, conch and lobster which is supplied to all the Sister Islands. While South Caicos is ideal for all types of fishing – including bottom fishing and deep sea fishing – bonefishing on the pristine flats makes for a memorable experience. The skillful hunt for bonefish is considered a sport for some and South Caicos is the best place in the world to play. After a fun filled day on the water, enjoy a local meal in the heart of Cockburn Harbour featuring your catch of the day.
4. Local Cooking Class in North Caicos
Enjoyed the peas n’ rice or conch n’ grits you’ve savored on your visits to Turks & Caicos? Well, you now have the opportunity to learn to make authentic traditional Turks and Caicos dishes at the Pelican Beach Hotel in North Caicos. Learn the methods of island meal preparation that have been passed down for generations in the islands. From unique seasonings, herbs and spices to island grown fresh ingredients – this is an experience of a lifetime!
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Photography credits: Brilliant Studios, Caya Hico, Salt Cay Divers and Pelican Beach Hotel