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Ultimate Turks and Caicos Travel Guide 2024 (Family Friendly)

Are you visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands soon and looking for an ultimate travel Guide and tips? In this post, I summarize everything you may need to plan your first trip to a tropical paradise.

Turks and Caicos Islands is one of the dreamiest Caribbean destinations with its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, luxury resorts, excellent year-round temperatures, and world-famous Grace Bay Beach.

In this Ultimate Turks and Caicos Travel Guide, I want to share everything you may need to prepare your trip to Turks and Caicos.

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A girl with a sun hat  sitting on the shore overlooking ocean in Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos Travel Guide

Somewhere between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic is a beautiful country with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas territory mainly known for its white-sand beaches, luxury resorts, and pristine marine environment.

While Turks and Caicos consists of 40 different islands, only eight are inhabited.

Providenciales, or “Provo,” is the most developed island and popular tourist destination. It is home to most resorts, restaurants, and the world-famous Grace Bay Beach.

Flying to Turks and Caicos

You’ll fly into Providenciales International Airport (PLS), the island’s main international gateway, to reach the Turks and Caicos by air. Numerous international flights connect here; a domestic flight will be your next leg if your destination is one of the smaller islands. Providenciales is also the hub for local airlines for inter-island travel.

  • International Flights: Main carriers from North America and Europe, with direct flights from cities like Miami, New York, and London.
  • Domestic Flights & Ferries: After reaching Providenciales, smaller aircraft can take you to islands like Grand Turk, South Caicos, and more.
airplane window overlooking the Turks and Caicos Islands

Things to Know Before Visiting Turks and Caicos

Transportation – There is no public transportation in TCI. The best way to get around is by car or taxi.

Language & Visa – English is the official language of Turks and Caicos. US citizens do not require visas to enter turks and Caicos. However, if you are planning an extended stay (Over 90 days) or are not a US citizen, you may need to apply for a visa. For more information, click here.

Currency – The United States Dollar (USD) is the official currency.

Climate—Like other Caribbean islands, TCI is blessed with warm temperatures ranging from 74 to 84 Fahrenheit all year round. Hurricane season usually takes place between August and October.

Safety—The Turks and Caicos are among the safest countries in the Caribbean. However, you still should follow basic safety precautions and avoid leaving your valuables unattended, walking in the dark, and visiting remote or isolated areas.

Food Conch is the National Food of the Island Nation. The most popular conch food choice is the conch fritters.

Best Time to Visit Turks and Caicos

The islands are an ideal destination with a tropical marine climate that ensures warm, sunny days most of the year. However, for a balance of good weather and favorable travel conditions, February, March, and April often provide the optimal experience.

During these months, you can enjoy long sunny days with less humidity and a minimal chance of rain, making it perfect for exploring the islands’ stunning beaches and outdoor activities.

Getting Around

There is no public transportation in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The best way to get around is by taxi or car rental. You won’t find Uber or Lyft here, but you will spot conch cabs that operate similarly on the Island of Providenciales.

Renting a car is the most budget-friendly option, but check your travel itinerary first to see if you need one. Also, remember to drive on your left.

Where to Stay in Turks And Caicos

If you are visiting Turks and Caicos for the first time, I highly recommend staying In Providenciales. This is where you will experience the world’s famous 12-mile-long Grace Bay Beach with many luxury resorts, outstanding turquoise water, and beachfront restaurants.

If you have enough time to explore beyond Providenciales, consider taking day trips to South Caicos, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Grand Turk, Salt Cay, Pine Cay, or Parrot Cay.

Turks and Caicos Resorts

Choosing the right place to stay in Turks and Caicos can significantly enhance your island experience. Whether you prefer the pampering of luxury resorts, Family-friendly resorts, the privacy of villas and apartments, or the affordability of budget accommodations, you’ll find an option that fits your needs.

Luxury Resorts

The top luxury resorts in Turks and Caicos include Amanyara, The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos, COMO Parrot Cay, Sailrock Resort, and The Shore Club Turks and Caicos. These resorts offer high-end accommodations and upscale amenities.

  1. Amanyara: This secluded beachfront resort offers luxurious pavilions and villas, a serene spa, and access to world-class diving and snorkeling sites.
  2. The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos: This upscale resort features elegant accommodations, a spa, multiple dining options, and a pristine beachfront on Grace Bay.
  3. COMO Parrot Cay: Located on a private island, COMO Parrot Cay offers luxurious rooms and villas, holistic wellness programs, a COMO Shambhala Retreat, and fine dining options.

Family Resorts

Several family-friendly resorts are in Turks and Caicos, such as Grace Bay Club, the Beaches Resort, Blue Haven, Alexandra Resort, Seven Stars Resort, Windsong on the Reef, and The Somerset. These resorts offer amenities and activities suitable for families. We stayed at Windson Resort. Learn more about the best family resorts below.

Read: Best Family-Friendly Resorts in Turks and Caicos

mom and son captured walking in the windsong resort, Turks and Caicos
Windsong on the Reef

Villas and Apartments

For a more intimate setting, villas and apartments provide comfort and privacy. Various options cater to different group sizes, with amenities like private pools, fully equipped kitchens, and beachfront access. Deals on rentals in Turks and Caicos can offer you up to 75% off, so you can enjoy a luxurious stay without the price tag of a high-end resort.

Budget Accommodations

Those looking to enjoy Turks and Caicos without breaking the bank can opt for budget accommodations. Places like Sibonne Beach Hotel , the Sands at Grace Bay, offer rooms at a more affordable rate without sacrificing the quintessential beachfront experience. You can still enjoy the azure waters and sandy beaches, with options to book a stay at places where comfort meets value.

woman playing with her dress on Grace Bay Beach Turks and Caicos, standing in front of a Hobie boat and water touching her feet

What to do in Turks and Caicos

The best thing you can do in TCI is relax! Really. As a working mom, I do not remember when I had so much time to stay in one place, enjoying the luxury of rest.

While relaxing is the number one thing to do, there are various activities to fill your explorer’s heart.

Snorkeling in Turks and Caicos

Snorkeling is a must! TCI has the third-largest barrier reef in the world. So get ready to experience stunning marine life from adorable sea turtles, starfish, eagle rays, and colorful corals. We snorkeled right in front of our resort by the shore most days.

If you want to take the snorkeling experience from the shore to another level, we highly recommend signing up for Caicos Dream Tours. Our experience with them was beyond amazing.

woman with sun hat, sunglasses and a beach coverup happily posing in front of a Caicos dream tours boat in turks and Caicos

The tour included a snorkeling adventure into the barrier reef and a stop at Half Moon Bay to see Iguanas. While I did not go snorkeling and stayed with my son on the boat (he insisted), we could still see plenty of fish from above.

My husband went with the tour and brought back some underwater footage, including chasing reef sharks with a go-pro that he still cannot stop talking about.

This snorkeling tour was full of fun, laughter, snacks, and drinks and was very family-friendly!

two iguanas captured on the iguana island in Turks and Caicos
woman sitting in the sand smiling next to iguana

Hang Out With Iguanas at Little Water Cay

Little Water Cay, also called Iguana Island, is one of the top tourist attractions in Providenciales. Many boats and charters come here. Here, rock iguanas relax at the beach, not caring about humans walking among them (but remember not to feed them). If you happen to visit Half Moon Bay instead, no worries. We spotted at least 10 Iguanas relaxing at the beach when we arrived. They usually find their way here from Little Water Cay.

Relax at Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Beach is another popular place for picnics and excursions between Little Water Cay and Water Cay. The water on the beach is beyond turquoise. Our tour stopped here to check out Iguanas and relax for about an hour, but time flew quickly! We loved the beach a lot!

Semi Submarine Tour

Undersea Explorer is fantastic for families with smaller kids. It feels like a short trip through the reefs, but it is just enough and well worth the investment. A guide and the captain were on the lookout to help us navigate. For the entire 45 minutes, we were excited to find turtles, stingrays, and many different types of fish, and we even got to see a nurse shark.

Tip: if you feel uncomfortable with the closed space for too long, you may go upstairs anytime for fresher air and return.

girl smiling sitting inside the semi-submirine boat: One of the Top Turks and Caicos things to do

Go Horseback Riding at the Beach

if you search on the web for the best thing to do in TCI, you will most likely end up with horseback riding in Providenciales as the top thing to do. Make sure you pre-schedule your tour, as it is a very demanding excursion. We could not experience it due to age restrictions for our toddler, but everyone we asked about the experience had something positive to say.

Experience Clear Kayak

Have you ever dreamt of being in a transparent kayak surrounded by nothing but turquoise water? Take your water adventure to another level and sign up for one of the most popular clear kayak tours around Mangrove Cay.

Read More: Best Clear Kayak Tours in Turks and Caicos

If you are not up for a few hours of excursion because of age restrictions in the family or other reasons, there is another way to experience the transparent Kayak. You can sign up for a drone photoshoot. Since we had a small kid with us, we chose this option.

mom dad and child sitting in clear kayak by the shore in providenciales Turks and Caicos
Drone caption of a woman lying on a transparent kayak in the ocean in Turks and Caicos travel guide

Attend the Fish Fry Festival

This popular festival/event takes place in Providenciales every Thursday and is free! This is where locals, vendors, and tourists come together. Here, you will enjoy delicious food and drinks and live entertainment. Due to Covid-19, the event was closed when we visited. Make sure you check it out when you visit!

Chase the Sunset

Sunsets are beautiful, but sunsets on Grace Bay Beach are extraordinary. Enjoy it every evening if possible.

Turks and Caicos Travel Guide: Where to Eat

Da Conch Shack—If you have never tried a conch, chances are you will in Turks and Caicos. There is a variety of them offered on their menus. But if you try, do it at the Conch Shack Restaurant.

The Conch Shack restaurant & bar is on the beach, loaded with all types of seafood you can ask for besides the conch. It is a casual environment.

In addition, there is a stand outside with conch decor and island items for sale, so check it out before you head back.

Fried Conch with a souce on a table with a real conch decor as a table number
Outdoor market at De Conch Shack with Conch souvenir and jewelry
girl overlooking the ocean while having a drink in her hands sitting by the table at the conch shack restaurant in Turks and Caicos

Somewhere Cafe & Lounge – hands down, our favorite restaurant in TCI. Located right on Grace Bay beach, this two-story casual cafe was our go-to for lunch and dinner. (they also offer breakfast).

It was only a 5-minute walk from our resort. The food was very reasonably priced and delicious. Our favorites were burritos and tacos. From drinks, the Island’s specialty rum punch! Watch their Facebook page for live music schedules and other events.

front sign of somewhere cafe on grace bay turks and caicos
Salad placed inside a shell shaped taco

Coco Bistro—Do you have a special occasion or want to experience something a little more unique? Then, head to Coco Bistro for the delightful island ambiance.

It is located in the center of Grace Bay and within walking distance from most resorts. Here,, you will find tables under beautiful palm trees with coconuts hanging, and the culinary experience is one of the best in Turks and Caicos.

Coco Van – For more affordable and casual evenings, try Coco Van! It is a fantastic option for someone who wants quality food and drinks with reasonable spending.

Gateway Gourmet – You may have heard that Turks & Caicos is not very cheap for food. Our hotel offered a service once a day. I highly recommend visiting a local grocery store to stock up on snacks and drinks.

Windsong Resort – Last but not least, our most memorable dinners were set at the beachfront at the Windsong Resort. The service and food were terrific, but nothing beat the views, especially during the sunset.

couple captured cheering glasses at the beachfront restaurant in Turks and Caicos guide
Windsong Resort Beachfront Dining

Turks and Caicos Travel Guide: Is TCI Kid Friendly?

Absolutely! If your kids love the beach, sand, boat rides, and chasing beautiful fish, Turks and Caicos is an ideal destination for kids. Check out some of my top family-friendly resorts in TCI, which offer all-inclusive vacations or a blend of relaxation for parents and kids’ clubs for kids.

kid with open arms, sitting on a snorkeling board in Turks and Caicos

What to Pack For Turks and Caicos

When packing for a trip to Turks and Caicos, consider the following essentials:

  • Dry Bag
  • Rashguards
  • Sunhat
  • Swimsuits & Coverups
  • Light clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Reef safe sunscreens
  • Light cardigan/Jacket
  • Sandals
  • Comfortable shoes for exploring
  • Lightweight umbrella (for wet season)
  • Camera

Read: Ultimate Turks and Caicos Packing List

girl happily sitting at the beach with a white dress on overlooking the ocean on Grace Bay Turks and Caicos

How to Visit Turks and Caicos on a Budget?

There is no arguing that Turks and Caicos are luxury travel destinations. Depending on your itinerary, you can easily spend $1,500-$5,000 per person here (for a week-long vacation).

While things can certainly add up, you can ensure that your holiday does not exceed your budget and stick to your plan.

  • Plan your trip as early as possible and use travel points.
  • Travel during off-peak season. March and May are usually lower in prices and crowd.
  • Opt out of all-inclusive hotel deals. While those are very convenient, you will save more when booking services individually.
  • Shop local groceries and stock up on snacks and breakfast/lunch items. Skip eating at restaurants three times a day. Food in Turks and Caicos is mainly imported and not cheap. Try local restaurants. Keep in mind beachfront restaurants are more expensive.
  • Rent a car to avoid the taxi costs if you travel a lot.
  • Cut on some excursions. There are many beautiful things to do and see, but pick something that will not break the bank.
  • Skip travel agents and put your trip yourself.

Turks and Caicos Travel Guide Summary

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  1. Geeta Abhay says:

    Lovely blog! Going with my family this week to TCI! We love traveling have seeN many places but this our first time to TCI

  2. Thank you for your love! Lucky you! I hope you have a fantastic time. We are thinking of going back there again soon. An absolute paradise <3

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