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Turks & Caicos Attractions and Things to Do

Popular attractions on Turks & Caicos include migrating humpback whales, the Grand Turk Lighthouse, the 200-year-old ruins of the cotton plantation at Cheshire Hall and the Middle Caicos Caves, a series of limestone caverns, largest in the Caribbean.

1) Cockburn Town

Cockburn Town is the capital of the islands and located on Grand Turk. The National Museum on Front Street is built in large part by material from local shipwrecks. Touring the town is one of the most popular things to do for cruise visitors.
Turks and Caicos golfing
Provo Golf Club. Credit Turks and Caicos Tourist Board

2) Provo Golf Club

This 18-hole residential and community golf course hosted the 2009 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship. Guests staying at either Villa Renaissance or The Regent Grand receive free golf at the club during their stay.

3) Beaches

Favorite beaches on Grand Turk, location of the cruise port, include Governor’s Beach and Corktree Beach. Governor’s Beach is about a 10 minute drive from the cruise center.

4) Humpback Whales

One of the most interesting Turks and Caicos attractions is whale watching trips from late January through early April. North Atlantic Humpback Whales swim through the area as part of an annual migration for mating and births of their young. Scuba divers can sometimes hear the whales' songs.

5) Grand Turk Lighthouse
Grand Turk Lighthouse
Grand Turk Lighthouse
Credit: Turks and Caicos
Tourist Board

The lighthouse was built on the northern coast of Grand Turk in 1852 after being shipped in parts from Great Britain.

Visitors can learn about the history of this working lighthouse located on the northern tip of Grand Turk, picnic in its shade and watch whales from its vantage point in February and March.

The lighthouse is an historic site in the care of the National Trust.

6) The Hole

This 40-foot-wide limestone hole is located in Long Bay in Providenciales. Visitors can be lowered down a rope 80 feet to the bottom where they will find where a swimming hole.

7) Snorkeling and Diving

The islands are surrounded by an extensive coral reef system that is 65 miles across and 200 miles long. Popular diving spots include Providenciales Princess Alexandra National park, Providenciales Northwest Point and West Caicos.

8) Cheshire Hall

The 200-year-old ruins were part of a cotton plantation that began in the early 19th century and lasted 30 years until it was destroyed by drought, hurricane and soil exhaustion in 1812. The Cheshire Hall estate, located on Providenciales, offers unique views of the island.

9) Caicos Conch Farm

Caribbean Queen conchs are raised to adulthood on the only conch farm in the world. Visitors will discover how the conchs are raised, watch a show with some friendly conchs, see conch pearls and buy conch meat for consumption. Conchs are becoming a more popular part of chef dishes around the world.

10) Middle Caicos Caves

Middle Caicos is made up of a chain of limestone caves limestone cliff side of Mudjidin Beach. These natural wonders are subjects of many photos and must-see attractions when visiting Middle. The caves are the largest in the Caribbean and offer opportunities for lunch on the beach and snorkeling. Excursions are available from Dolphin Tours and Silver Deep.

11) Bird Watching

The salt ponds and inland marshes are feeding grounds for resident and migratory birds including Great Blue Herons, Flamingos, Osprey, Pelicans, Egrets, Terns, Frigates, Boobies and other water birds. Twelve cays have been set aside as protected breeding grounds. About 170 species of bird can be found on the island.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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August 25, 2016

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