Turks and Caicos
Stray off the beaten path to one of the last undiscovered Caribbean paradises. Just 575 miles off the cost of Miami, Turks & Caicos is a true vacation sanctuary, where only eight of the island chain's 40 islands are inhabited. Here you'll find miles of soft white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters, protected by the world's third largest coral reef system.
Turks and Caicos is home to a host of interesting plant and animal life. Visit the protected reserves to view turtles, great blue herons, flamingos, pelicans and egrets. Explore the turquoise waters to catch a glimpse of Atlantic rays and black-tip sharks, or enjoy a boat ride and witness some of the best whale-watching you'll ever encounter. Unusual adventures you might embark on include a moonlit cruise off the waters of Provo to watch the sparkling glow worms put on a show. Or venture into the limestone caves of Middle Caicos - the largest in the Caribbean.
In addition to a picturesque shoreline and renowned unspoiled beaches, Turks and Caicos also offers superb hotels, golfing, watersports and a charming international flare making it an ideal Caribbean getaway.
After sunset, because it is one of the more untouristed Caribbean destinations, the Turks and Caicos islands don't have the glittering, dance-the-night-away nightlife of some of the better known resort destinations. And for most of the people who come here, that's just the way they like it! After dinner at a small local restaurant, perhaps you'll stroll with your loved one beneath the stars or visit a nightclub with live entertainment.
Sights that delight
Conch Farm - Explore the only conch farm in the world, where "Caribbean Queen" conch are raised from veliger to adult. Here you can watch how the process is done, enjoy a show with two trained conch, see conch pearls and purchase fresh conch for a tasty lunch.
The Lighthouse on Grand Turk - Built in 1852, the Lighthouse continues to guard the tip of the Turks and Caicos capital island to this day. This important historic site was actually assembled piece-meal, from materials brought from England, and it is said to overlook the lake that Columbus may have described when he first encountered the New World in 1492. Keep a sharp eye out for whales if you visit here during February or March.
Dive Provo - Take that first unforgettable breath. Dive Provo professionals will introduce you to diving "a la carte." Experience all that Turks and Caicos has to offer under the sea. Whether you choose a dive during the day or one at night it is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Island Discovery - The Island Discovery will take you around Provo in your very own power boat. See Pago-Pago (the most beautiful beach on the island), five cays, visit a small pirate cave and bonefish hole as you cruise by all the sites Provo has to offer. Enjoy several snorkeling stops along the way. A native lunch (included) will be prepared on a beautiful secluded beach.
Cave Safari - Cave Safari to Middle Caicos where a guide will lead you through the limestone caves, once sacred grounds for the Lucayan Indians. Lunch will be served under a huge overhanging cliff on a spectacular beach. On the way back, stop on Iguana Island and spend some time snorkeling on the reefs and shelling sand dollars.
The Palms - Guests of this plush, all-suite resort stay in spacious rooms with cool marble floors and private terraces, most with ocean views. Meander along the serpentine infinity pool, and dine on Pan-Tropical cuisine in the casually elegant Parallel23. In-room massages and visits to the Pilates studio at the spa make rejuvenation easy.
Parrot Cay Resort & Coco Shambala Spa - Secluded on a 1,000-acre private island, this Conde Nast Traveler "Gold List" resort is the very embodiment of luxury. Its sleek rooms open onto private verandahs, renowned holistic care is provided at the exclusive Shambhala spa, and seasonal organic ingredients are the foundation of the healthy haute cuisine.
Grace Bay Club - Ocean views and large rooms with private terraces highlight this all-suite Small Luxury Hotels of the World resort, also a Conde Nast Traveler "Gold List" property. Poolside relaxation is a daily favorite, sophisticated fare is on the menu at the acclaimed Anacaona restaurant and the Serenity Spa provides soothing body treatments.
Point Grace - This Conde Nast Traveler 2005 "Gold List" resort is an oasis of luxury and calm on world-renowned Grace Bay Beach. Guests rejuvenate with body wraps and facials at the Thalasso Spa, windsurf in gentle trade winds, and retreat to stylish guest rooms and cottage suites surrounding a large, meandering infinity pool.
The Sands at Grace Bay - Intimate, relaxing, and beautifully landscaped, this Conde Nast Traveler 2005 "Gold List" resort features spacious suites with large balconies overlooking the sea. Spend lazy days on Grace Bay Beach, enjoy libations at Hemingway's Beach Bar & Restaurant, and cool off in the 3 free-form, interlocking pools.
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa - A Caribbean Travel & Life 2005 "Best All-inclusive Resort" honoree, this property was made for family fun. Kids go on their own mini-vacation at Pirate's Island water park and also meet their favorite Sesame Street characters. Get together for a couples massage at the spa, and dance to reggae music under the stars.
Ocean Club - Fronting Grace Bay Beach, this energetic resort is packed with recreation from diving, to sailing, tennis, and more, along with golf at the adjacent Provo Golf Club. Airy rooms have private terraces with island or ocean views, and guests have exchange privileges at Ocean Club West, just a 15-minute stroll down the beach.
Ocean Club West - At this resort on dazzling Grace Bay, you can explore the mesmerizing undersea world, take time for aromatherapy at Spa Tropique, and laze away many carefree hours on a powdery beach. Have two vacations in one by taking advantage of exchange privileges at the Ocean Club, just a 15-minute stroll down the beach.
Coral Gardens Beach Resort - A laid-back atmosphere infuses this intimate boutique resort fronting a quiet curve of Grace Bay Beach, one of the Caribbean's most popular snorkeling sites. The spacious beachfront suites are elegantly furnished and overlook the bay, and the Coyaba Restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine in a romantic setting. All-inclusive option available.
The Meridien Club at Pine Cay - Total seclusion and tranquility are the hallmarks of the only resort on the private, 800-acre Pine Cay Island, a setting tailor-made for snorkeling, sailing, swimming, and sunning. Guest rooms open onto seemingly endless vistas of surf and sky, and the candlelit, 4-course dinners under the stars are a perennial guest favorite.
Royal West Indies - At this resort fronting Grace Bay Beach, shaded chaises line the sands, rooms and suites open onto private verandahs with garden or ocean views, and Spa Tropique sends a body care specialist to your room for private rejuvenating treatments. Visit the restaurants and shops of Port of Call Shopping Village, just 2 blocks away.