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What is there to see and do in the Turks and Caicos Islands?

Sightseeing in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Although the main appeal of a holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands is undoubtedly the wonderful beaches, there are a number of historical and cultural attractions you can visit if you want to soak up the culture and find out more about this charming Caribbean archipelago.

On Providenciales, for instance, you can head to two of the oldest settlements on the islands - the Bight and Blue Hills. These have a typically Caribbean atmosphere and still feel like small village communities, where you can see people going about their daily lives.

Over on North Caicos, you can discover the ruins of one of the Loyalist plantations - Wade's Green; the largest and most impressive of these. And while you're out and about in North Caicos, keep your eyes peeled for people practising the traditional craft of straw work.

Grand Turk, on the other hand, has some rather grand historical connections, not least of all that it's believed to be where Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his initial voyage to the New World. Cockburn Town, the capital, is full of colonial buildings and is a charming place to explore. It's also where you'll find the Turks and Caicos National Museum.

Water sports to try

The most popular water-based activity in the Turks and Caicos Islands is scuba diving, with this archipelago being regularly named as one of the best diving spots in the Caribbean, and indeed one of the top places in the world.

There are stunning reef walls that plunge into the depths, fascinating shipwrecks that each have a story to tell and countless incredible marine species. Between January and May, there is also the chance that you could spot migrating humpback whales.

For those not quite ready to take the plunge, snorkelling is an alternative to scuba diving, and there are many sheltered lagoons with shallow reefs dotted throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Three Marys Cays Park, off the coast of North Caicos, is a particularly good spot for snorkelling, but you're bound to see plenty of colourful fish and corals no matter where you go for a dip.

Sailing is another popular activity around the islands, with winter being the best season for this sport. The reliable trade winds make it easy to travel from one destination to the next, giving you the freedom to explore a few of the quieter islands in the group.

Land-based activities in the Turks and Caicos

Although lying on the beach soaking up the sun may seem like the best way to spend your holiday in the Turks and Caicos, it's well worth heading into the islands' interiors to see a bit more of what they have to offer. There are several hiking and cycling trails you can follow if you'd like to discover some quieter spots.

On North Caicos you can stroll through woodland areas and visit some of the salt ponds - such as Flamingo Pond and Mud Hole Pond - which are home to flocks of flamingos. Spend a day on Middle Caicos, meanwhile, and you can venture into a vast cave network that features some impressive chambers. At low tide, it's even possible to walk between the islands of Middle Caicos and North Caicos, but make sure you take local advice before attempting this.

Golf is another popular pastime in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with two golf clubs - the Provo Golf and Country Club on Providenciales and Waterloo Golf Club on Grand. At Fun World TCI on Providenciales, you can have a lot of laughs on the 18-hole mini golf course, too.

Rest and relaxation

No holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands would be complete without spending at least a couple of days lounging on one of the pristine beaches and there are certainly many to choose from. Wherever you're based, you'll be within easy reach of a stunning stretch of sand, in most cases just a few steps away.

Grace Bay, on Providenciales, is backed by resorts, restaurants and bars, ensuring you have all the amenities you could want on hand. Travel to one of the uninhabited cays, meanwhile, if you're looking for somewhere quieter and more secluded for your day of sunbathing.

There are also numerous spas dotted across the islands, with many of the top hotels in the Turks and Caicos boasting their own wellness centres, where you can be completely pampered and leave feeling utterly relaxed. One of the finest examples of these is the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, a wonderful resort with something for everyone, from sheer pampering at the onsite spa to splashing fun for little ones. This is certainly one of the most complete resorts you could stay in whether travelling alone, with your partner, with friends or family.

For total relaxation - no children invited - the Club Med Turkoise is the perfect deluxe adults-only retreat, boasting a secluded pristine section of beach, plush accommodation and fantastic amenities, exclusively designed for those over 18 only.

Excursions and Attractions

caribbean romantic cruise

Caribbean Romantic Cruise

If you dream of taking a romantic cruise on your honeymoon or holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the reality is even more magical. This tour will enable you to sail away on a beautifully decorated catamaran to your very own secluded island, where...

conch cruise

Conch Cruise

If you want to enjoy the diversity of the Caribbean’s native wildlife both above and beneath the water during your holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, this tour is an ideal choice. Not only will you be snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of...

dune buggy safari - grand turk style

Dune Buggy Safari - Grand Turk Style

If you are looking for action and adventure during your holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, a dune buggy safari is a unique way to do some sightseeing. This exhilarating excursion will enable you to discover the natural beauty and wildlife of Grand...

eco snorkel tour

Eco Snorkel Tour

For those who are attracted to a holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands because of its exceptional diving and snorkelling opportunities, you won’t be disappointed. Boasting crystal clear, warm blue waters, with excellent visibility up to 100 feet,...

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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.

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British Airways has announced that it will increase the number of flights between London Gatwick and Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean this autumn. The new flights will operate on Thursdays from October, 2015 and they will go via Antigua, bringing the airline's total number of services to the country up to two every week.