Historic Grand Turk
History hubHome to the capital of Cockburn Town, Grand Turk hosts the most historic landmarks. These include Grand Turk Lighthouse, the Turks and Caicos National Museum, the former colonial prison (Her Majesty’s Prison) and British colonialist architecture scattered across town.
Meet the localsDive into the waters surrounding Grand Turk to swim among garden eels, parrotfish, blue tangs, angelfish, spotted eagle rays and more marine dwellers. Plus, between January and April, you might see (much) bigger fish gliding past the island—humpback whales make their way past Grand Turk every winter.
Salty sightsIn the 18th century, Grand Turk was developed by the British to produce salt. See the remnants of the salt industry at Hawkes Nest Salina, learn about its history at The Salt House and pick up organic beauty products made with local sea salt at the museum’s gift shop.
North, Middle & South Caicos
Tropical trekSwap flip flops for walking shoes when you take on trails around North and Middle Caicos. Follow the Crossing Place Trail along a limestone coastline, to secluded beaches and around secret sea caves. You can also opt for a stroll around Flamingo Pond to visit its pink-feathered inhabitants.
Serenity nowAll accessible by ferry from Providenciales, these islands offer up more remote beach options. We’re talking the pristine beaches of Whitby and Hollywood on North Caicos, Mudjin Harbour, Bambarra Beach and Cedar Point on Middle Caicos, and Highlands Bay, East Bay or Plandon Cay Cut Beach on South Caicos.
Caves callingOn Middle Caicos, head underground to the fascinating cave system of Conch Bar Caves, or look out for owls and herons amid the papaya trees that grow in Indian Cave. Off the southern coast of Middle Caicos, one may also find possibly the biggest blue hole in the world: the Ocean Hole.
Deserted Islands & Quiet Cays
West CaicosOne of the country’s uninhabited islands, West Caicos is best known for its superb diving sites protected by the West Caicos Marine National Park. Diving trips to West Caicos usually leave from Providenciales.
Parrot CaySimply spectacular, covered almost entirely by a jaw-dropping, paradisiac beach, there’s no wonder why Parrot Cay is a go-to for island-loving celebs. Aside from celebrity-owned private villas, the cay also has a gorgeous, luxurious resort (the COMO Parrot Cay), so you can also feel like a star seeking sun.
Island hoppingPlan a dreamy day trip to one of the smaller islands and cays for a touch of tropical adventure. Gibbs Cay invites you to swim among friendly stingrays, Little Water Cay offers sanctuary to the Turks and Caicos rock iguana and Salt Cay throws it back to that old, laid-back Caribbean lifestyle.
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