10 things you need to know about the Turks & Caicos

On the beach in Beaches Turks & Caicos

The Turquoise ocean at Beaches Turks & Caicos / Image:  Sandals Resorts

Why you’ll love the Turks & Caicos


When I think of the Turks & Caicos, the thing that comes to mind is the breathtaking color of the water – a deep, clear turquoise.  Once you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean.

The water is one of the main reasons many tourists choose to visit the Turks & Caicos, but there are other reasons to come here that many people aren’t aware of.  That’s why I’d like to share with you 10 things you should know about this tropical paradise.

1. Cozy & intimate

It has an intimate feel, because only 8 out of 40 islands are inhabited, which means you’ll relax in an uncrowded haven.

2. Spectacular diving

One of Grand Turk’s most popular attractions is diving.  It has many dive operators that cater to everyone from new snorkelers to experienced divers.

3. Fishing

It’s been said that South Caicos (called The Big South) is the fishing capital of the islands.  It’s got the best natural harbor, and each May, this is where you’ll find the annual Big South Regatta, which features parades, music and more.

4. Less developed

These islands are less developed than other Caribbean islands, and they are also more upscale.  So if you’d prefer luxury in a serene setting, this may be the place for you.

5.  Grace Bay Beach

If you come for no other reason, come for Grace Bay Beach.  It’s so astounding it’s one of the highest-rated beaches in the entire western hemisphere.  If you’re looking for a villa on a very quite beach, though, you should consider staying in the Leeward area of Providenciales.

6.  Natural beauty

Middle Caicos, the largest of the islands, is replete with natural beauty.  It’s got a more dramatic coastline, and the north shore boasts limestone cliffs with long stretches of sandy beaches.

7.  The ‘Green Flash’

On a clear day at sunset, you might be able to catch a phenomenon called the “Green Flash”, a burst of emerald light along the horizon. It lasts only a second, making it all the more special when you see it.

8.  Pink flamingos

In lush North Caicos, which gets the most rainfall, you will find the largest flock of pink flamingos on the islands.

9.  Whale migration

North Atlantic humpback whales pass through Grand Turk and Salt Cay from late January through early April, on their annual migration for mating and birth.

10.  History

Do you want to walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus?  In historic Cockburn Town on Grand Turk you’ll have the chance.  It’s said he landed here in 1492.  Take a stroll through the town and make your own history.

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About Melody Moser

Melody Moser is a Travel Expert & Travel Writer specializing in Europe, river cruises and romantic travel. Based in southern New Jersey, she spends her time traveling the world, writing about it, and helping others fulfill their travel dreams.