Turks and Caicos is always a popular destination spot for travelers looking to enjoy this island nation's beautiful turquoise waters and gorgeous white-sand beaches. Turks and Caicos is an archipelago consisting of eight main islands and a total of 100 smaller islands and cays. Of these islands, Providenciales is the most popular with tourists.
When in Turks and Caicos, snorkeling is a must. Turks and Caicos is home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world. Other popular snorkeling spots include the island nation's two shipwrecks—La Famille Express, a Russian freighter, and a smaller wreck near Pine Cay. Also, check out the snorkeling at Northwest Point, which is not great for swimming but amazing for snorkeling. If you're interested in swimming (and sunbathing), visit Norman Saunders Beach in Grand Turk. There are plenty of snorkeling spots where you can enter from the beach. The Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef are popular spots. Also on excursions, they provide you with gear, but the quality can vary. Some of the nicer resorts also provide free snorkel gear.
Additionally, Pumpkin Bluff Beach, in North Caicos, is also famously magnificent, with its turquoise waters. But the most famous of all the beaches in Turks and Caicos—and the entire world—is Grace Bay, of course. Located in Providenciales, this heavenly shoreline across the islands' northern coast is not to be missed. For a more off-the-beaten-path option, check out the gorgeous beauty of the caves, limestone bluffs, and beaches in Middle Caicos—particularly Mudjin Harbour.
When visiting the islands of Turks and Caicos, you’d be remiss not to order conch at every opportunity—conch fritters, conch salad, cracked conch, all are delicious. Conch is a national symbol of the island nation, and it’s unsurprising that one of the most popular places to eat throughout the archipelago is Da Conch Shack, a seaside oasis for dining al fresco.
For a more formal evening, head to the Great House Restaurant in South Caicos for one of the most spectacular views in Turks and Caicos—arrive at sunset to watch the tropical sky light up as you enjoy a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caicos Bank.
Providenciales is famous for its plethora of nightlife options, though the Versace Bar & Lounge remains decidedly under-the-radar. It’s little-known for visitors, and your best bet is to befriend a local and let them take you there. Located in Morris Plaza on the island of Providenciales, this bar is a hidden gem in Turks and Caicos. Another option for socializing in the evening is the ever-popular Danny Buoy's, which boasts karaoke on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a happening dance floor every night of the week.
Grand Turks don't get as much love as other places. You'll find historic sites, incredible beaches and it can be the starting point for your diving and island hopping activities in Turks and Caicos Islands. The summers are hot and the waters are warmer, while November to May is a little milder, although there is not a big difference between the seasons in the Turks and Caicos Islands.