Surf and Turf
Families have plenty of ways to discover Turks and Caicos by land and by sea
People come to the Turks and Caicos to swim in impossibly clear waters and walk along white-sand shores. But there’s so much more to do on and off the beaches than just soak up the sun. Not just for honeymooners, the islands are an ideal family-friendly vacation spot. Away from those gorgeous beaches, check out these fun-filled activities and attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
RIDE WITH PROVO PONIES
Provo Ponies, located in Providenciales, or Provo as locals call it, started out as a rescue operation for abused and malnourished horses. It now offers visitors the chance to ride them through the surf and on trails during a three-hour excursion. This is an incredibly popular tour so you will need to book in advance. Children aged seven and up are welcome.
VISIT IGUANA ISLAND
Also known as Little Water Cay, Iguana Island is a great place to get an up-close look at rock iguanas. It’s easy to arrange a boat tour from nearby Grace Bay Beach to Little Water Cay where you can spend a few hours or enjoy a picnic. There isn’t anything else on the island except iguanas, which you’ll spot as you wander along the boardwalks, so bring any beach toys or snacks you may need. Don’t forget these creatures are endangered and
TURKS AND CAICOS FISH FRY ATTEND THE THURSDAY FISH FRY
Every Thursday night at Bight Park, musicians, vendors and food merchants gather for a big outdoor party. While currently on pause because of COVID-19 restrictions, this is usually a great family-friendly event where you can pick up souvenirs, enjoy some great food and mingle with locals.
The islands offer so many opportunities for scuba divers to see a huge array of marine life, but by taking a snorkeling trip, even kids can experience the same sort of underwater wonder. Most boat tour companies in the Turks and Caicos allow children to come along at a reduced price. Some even have boats equipped with slides and include a snack and a drink. At the Bight Reef (Coral Gardens), expect to see colorful reef fish, stingrays and turtles. Those with young children may prefer to just simply swim out into the ocean with a mask and flippers and see what they can all find.
KAYAKING AND WILDLIFE SPOTTING
The Turks and Caicos have more than 40 islands and cays to discover, but some are best seen by kayak. Local tour operators take guests on tours near Princess Alexandra National Park. The only sound you’ll hear will be the gentle slap of water against the blade of your paddle as you navigate quietly through the mangroves. Even small children are lulled into silence as they search for turtles and fish while learning all about this unique environment.