The Turks and Caicos Islands for families
The Turks and Caicos Islands are great for family holidays
The Turks and Caicos Islands are the perfect place for a family holiday in the Caribbean. Aside from their pristine beaches, the isles are home to some amazing national parks that boast lakes, forests, caves and a host of exotic wildlife that will no doubt appeal to younger travellers.
Older children will have the opportunity to try a variety of activities, including sailing, scuba diving, cycling, snorkelling, horseback riding and water skiing, among others. And, of course, you'll have plenty of stretches of golden sand where you and your kids can relax, build sandcastles and go for a dip in the sea.
Although the Turks and Caicos aren't renowned for their historical attractions, there are some interesting places to visit with the kids - notably the National Museum, which is home to an exhibition about the oldest European shipwreck discovered in this part of the world, and the ruined windmills of Salt Cay.
Excellent year-round weather, top-quality all inclusive hotels and friendly locals only add to the experience and enhance what will surely be a fantastic family holiday in the Turks and Caicos.
There are several great attractions for families to visit together, many of which are not only a lot of fun, but also educational. The National Museum on Grand Turk is certainly worth a visit, particularly to peruse the exhibition about the Molasses Reef Wreck, which is a European ship that is thought to date from 1505.
The Grand Turk Lighthouse is another interesting place to visit with the kids. This building, which stands on the northern tip of the island, was transported to the Turks Caicos by ship from the UK in the mid-19th century, where it was then reconstructed. The lighthouse has been restored and offers a fascinating glimpse into the islands' seafaring heritage.
On Providenciales, meanwhile, is the world's first conch farm. In addition to raising the shellfish, this is a visitor attraction, where you can learn about the process and find out why conch is considered such a delicacy in the Caribbean.
You should also take a day trip to Salt Cay, which, although small, is beautiful and fascinating. This island was at the heart of the Bermudian salt industry in the 17th century and you can see remnants from this time littered across the island. The main landmarks are its windmills, which look over the largely flat landscape, and White House - a manor that is still preserved by descendents of the original salt rakers.
Get back to nature
The Turks and Caicos Islands have some incredible natural sights that are certainly worth exploring on a family holiday. The exotic wildlife is bound to captivate kids and teens whilst presenting a wonderful excuse to get out and explore a bit more during your holiday.
Gibbs Cay, which is an uninhabited island within easy reach of Grand Turk, is a must-visit for its stingray encounters. Here, you can swim in a shallow bay with stingrays, which aren't at all phased by people. There are also some stunning reefs where you can snorkel and see some of the vibrant creatures that call the Caribbean home.
If you're planning a holiday in the Turks and Caicos between February and April, you can go on a whale-watching excursion with your kids. Humpback whales follow a migratory path past the islands and are regularly sighted at this time of the year.
North Caicos is another great place to see more of the region's wildlife, with this island featuring several pools and lagoons that provide a home for flocks of flamingos, among other birds such as pelicans, ospreys and egrets.
Hotels for families in the Turks and Caicos
One very important aspect of a family holiday is the right accommodation - something you won't have to worry about when you book a hotel in the Turks and Caicos Islands. There is a great range of establishments spread across the islands with family-friendly facilities, ensuring you and the kids have everything you need.
Depending on the hotel you stay in, you may even have access to a water park, as well as several swimming pools, sun terraces and - for mum and dad - a relaxing spa. The biggest variety of hotels is located on Providenciales, primarily along Grace Bay, but there are also great family-friendly options on North Caicos and the Turks Islands.
One of the best of these is fabulous five-star all inclusive Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, the idyllic family retreat with special, dedicated attractions for every family member. Kids will love to learn that the famous Pirate's Island water park is also nearby. Little ones will enjoy the resort's Seasame Street characters while teens can hang out at the X-Box game room, go for tye dye workshops, have bonfire nights and so much more! For adults, a host of indulging options await you, from the Red Lane Spa to a variety of grown-up entertainment options. There's also an exclusive diving programme for children!
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The tropical island nation of Turks and Caicos has become the fastest-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean. According to the State of The Industry Report 2016 released by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the number of international visitor arrivals to the islands in 2016 totalled 453,612, which was a 17.5 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
Providenciales in Turks and Caicos has been declared the best island in the world by leading travel website TripAdvisor's annual Travellers' Choice Awards. The picturesque island climbed up from its No.2 ranking last year and knocked Ambergris Caye in Belize off its two-year-running top spot, and even out of the top 10.
A development agreement has been signed by the Turks and Caicos Islands government and Desarrollos Hotel Group for the construction of a brand new $224 million hotel, resort, casino and spa complex in Turks and Caicos. The resort will be situated the famous Grace Bay beach on the island of Providenciales and work is expected to commence this November.