Turks and Caicos consists of 40 different islands and cays, only nine of which are inhabited. The islands are almost as diverse as its people. From the main tourist center of Providenciales to the quiet and tranquil islands of North and Middle Caicos to the historic capital of Grand Turk each one offers a different experience and a unique character but all offer year-round great climate, beaches and underwater activities.
Eat: Restaurants in Turks & Caicos
Coco Bistro and cocovan
Set in the largest palm tree grove on the island, Coco Bistro serves some of the best food in town. Try the blackened mahi or whole fried snapper. Or visit their sister food truck, cocovan, that is a super cool Airstream in the parking lot. The food comes from the same kitchen, and it has a wonderful laid-back vibe. Try the tuna crisp or mac and cheese rolls.
The Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton
This open-air sushi bar is a must, and deliciously fresh. While you’re at The Ritz, stop by the beachside VW van converted into a bar for a wonderful craft cocktail.
Omar’s Beach Hut
Located in Five Cays, this family-owned spot offers some of the best local cuisine. Try the conch fritters!
The Deck at Seven Stars Resort
Known for outstanding service and fine wines from around the world, this is a real treat for foodies and overlooks sparkling Grace Bay.
Grace Bay Club
One of our favorite spots—from sushi to lobster to wood-fired pizza. It also has the best ambiance on the island with chic hanging lanterns blowing in the breeze and fabulous views of Grace Bay.
SUI-REN at The Shore Club
Fabulous sushi blended with Peruvian flair in a stunning setting.
Le Bouchon Du Village
Consistently rated one of the top restaurants in Turks and Caicos. A classic French bistro that serves dishes like escargots and steak au poivre, but also offers local dishes prepared with a French flair.
Stay: Turks & Caicos Resorts + Rentals
As one of the newest resorts on the island and with a clean, modern design, The Ritz-Carlton boasts all the amenities of a world-class resort with fine dining, spas and multiple pools.
A unique resort that is located on the north coast of Grace Bay. Sitting high above the water on a beautiful bluff, it offers 46 luxurious accommodations from studios to two-bedroom homes. 888.969.8455
Located on the east end of Grace Bay, The Tuscany has lovely two-and three-bedroom condos that are perfect for families.
If you are going with a larger group, there are many gorgeous homes available to rent. Check Airbnb, VRBO or search for one of the many local luxury rental services.
Shop: Local Gifts + Specialty Shops
This shopping plaza has a few must-see spots:
Missing your four-legged friend? Stop by Potcake Place to visit the puppies available for adoption. You can even sign up to take one on a “socialization walk” on the beach.
The Regent Village
Another shopping plaza, Regent Village has some great places to check out:
FOTTAC (Flavors Of The Turks And Caicos) for local, handcrafted gifts and souvenirs.
Jai’s features fine jewelry and watches.
Most of the local resorts have boutique shopping. Try these two favorites:
Coco Boutique at Grace Bay Club
Resort chic swimwear, apparel and accessories for women and men.
The Boutique at Wymara
Luxurious beachwear, childrenswear and gifts.
Play: Things to Do in Turks & Caicos
Snorkeling and SCUBA Diving on the Barrier Reef
The Turks and Caicos Barrier Reef, the third-largest barrier reef in the world, shields Grace Bay Beach from large waves, keeping the waters calm and crystal clear. The reef is home to myriad colorful and interesting marine life, from sea turtles and coral formations to starfish and eagle rays. You can access some of the reefs from the beach, but it is wonderful to go on a snorkeling cruise. There are many boats available.
There is an artificial reef in Grace Bay across from the Turks and Caicos National Environmental Centre. It is a new reef that is already home to coral and colorful fish. Supervised by the Reef Ball Foundation, youth from the Junior Park Warden program installed the eco-friendly artificial reef.
Horseback Riding with Provo Ponies
A must if you love to ride! The stables started as a place for neglected horses and evolved into a facility for horses and riders alike. Whatever your level of expertise, they have a horse for you. Make sure to book your ride early— tours fill up fast.
Mangrove Island Eco Tour
A magical journey with SUP Provo through the shallow water estuaries of the national marine park. This guided tour offers amazing eco-diversity and is suitable for all skill levels.