The top 7 things to do in the Turks and Caicos

27th July 2019 10:39 am

There’s one thing you can say for the Turks and Caicos- it’s impossible to do everything in just one trip! That’s why the Big Blue Collective sees so many friends and old faces coming back to these gorgeous islands again and again– and we guarantee you’ll be hooked, too. There’s something for everyone, with gorgeous beaches, spectacular wildlife experiences, and a plethora of water sports to choose from, so you’ll always find something new to experience. If you’re still wondering what to do in the Turks and Caicos, here’s just a few of our favourite experiences- we promise you’ll find a lot more waiting for you, too.

1.Bask on the Beaches

This is the home of one of the best beaches in the world, after all! While Grace Bay beach remains a favourite, both for it’s powder-soft sands and warm waters and its close proximity to the bustling large island of Provo and all its amenities, you are hardly confined to just this one beach. The beaches in the Turks and Caicos are, without exception, exquisite. What’s even more unusual, especially for such welcoming sands in such a gorgeous corner of the Carribean, is that you can skip the crowds entirely. In fact, on some of the smaller islands, you’re almost guaranteed a private beach moment! Whether you pack a picnic, sip cocktails on the beach, or simply let the lapping waters soothe your soul, the TCI beaches offer you a blissful experience. 

2. Visit Cockburn Town

Cockburn Town on Grand Turk is a sight to please any bohemian heart. Packed with quaint Bohemian architecture for you to explore, simply walking these gorgeous, bright streets is a sight that will lift any heart. There’s plenty to explore and do, as well. This is the official capital of the Turks and Caicos, for all Provo tends to overshadow it a little. You’ll be able to explore the ruins of local plantations and the remainder of the salt industry that first rose the TCI to prominence. Head into the local museum to explore more about the islands’ fascinating past, including a little about the enigmatic proto-peoples discovered here. Even Guip House itself is fascinating, built primarily from shipwreck salvage! And don’t forget to pay a visit to the Grand Turk lighthouse while you’re here.

3. Sail the azure seas

What better way to get a true taste of the Turks and Caicos then via a private sailing charter? The Big Blue Collective are proud to offer one of the largest fleets in the island, so whether you’re looking to pack your trip on the waters full of diving and snorkelling, or you simply want the luxury to go anywhere and see anything, you’re free to choose. 

4. Meet whales up close and personal

The famous annual TCI whale migration simply had to take a spot on the list. It’s the only experience on our list that’s truly seasonal, however, so be sure to plan accordingly. This adventure is perfect to pair with a Christmas holiday, as that sees the opening of whale season in the area. As part of the Humpback whale’s migration to the warmer seas in which they calve and play, the TCI acts as a funnel, making for a truly unprecedented level of sightings and interactions each year. Until you’ve experienced these beautiful beasts up-close-and-personal, there will be a little piece of your soul missing, so be sure to add this to your list of things to do in the Turks and Caicos.

5. Explore ecological lushness on an eco-tour

Despite its reputation as a water sports haven, the Turks and Caicos still offer an unparalleled amount of pristine, unspoilt natural environments. From the lush mangrove channels just begging you to hop on a stand up paddle board or kitesurf down them, to the unspoilt wilds of the out-islands and the unique charm of Iguana Island, there’s plenty for every eco-lover to experience. We off the Big Blue Collective are particular experts on the eco-tour front, and it’s a joy to see visitor’s faces light up as they explore this gorgeous environment for themselves. 

6. Dive in a variety of environments

Whether it’s your first time dipping your head underwater, or you’ve a lifetime’s experience diving, experiencing the world’s third-largest barrier reef for yourself has to make your list of things to do in the TCI. The warm, gentle waters of the Turks and Caicos hide a multitude of secrets just begging you to explore them. From underwater cave systems to the shallow waters around the reef, there’s a little magic for everyone. Teaming with wildlife, you’ll love every minute of the experience. There’s even a wreck or two to explore, too!

7. Fall in love with the history and the romance

The Turks and Caicos Islands offer a little something for everyone. From the warmth of the beaches to the romance of her long history and the ruins of her old plantations, this is the ultimate retreat for the soul-weary. Let the gorgeous natural environs, warm waters, and soft beaches soothe your cares, and experience a dream like no other in the Turks and Caicos

No matter what your flavour of fun, the TCI offers something for everything. This is the Big Blue Collective’s top list of things to do in the Turks and Caicos, but the real question is- what’s yours? Let us help you craft the experience of a lifetime, and come experience this enchanting destination for yourself.

Filed under: Eco adventure, Family, Tourism

Family-friendly fun is the name of the game in the Turks and Caicos

29th March 2019 6:48 am

The Turks and Caicos is one of the most amazing destinations in the world for a family holiday. From our fascinating history to the beautiful beaches, there’s plenty to explore- and keep active young minds out of trouble, too. It’s not a matter of finding things to do with the kids in the TCI- it’s more about fitting it all in! Here’s the Big Blue Collective’s top tips for enjoying your holiday with the whole family.

Safe waters, soft beaches

It’s no secret that the TCI has some of the best beaches in the world. When it comes to having yourselves the ultimate family holiday in the TCI, you’ll be thrilled to note that these are entirely kid-friendly, too. The soft white sand is perfect for play, and the warm waters are calm and still, especially when compared to many other Caribbean destinations. While every parent knows it’s important to keep an eye on safety when the young ones are in the water, this does make swimming in the sea a safer, more relaxing sport with even pretty young children. Kick a ball around, build sand castles, have a family picnic or grill, or join in a volleyball match- there’s plenty to keep young minds occupied and having fun!

Fun in the sea and sun

The Big Blue Collective offers a host of family-friendly wind-and-watersports, too. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is one of the easiest water sports to learn, and is accessible for almost everyone. Scull your way through the calm, flat waters and discover the many exciting ecological sites the islands have to offer- from the mysteries of the mangrove backchannels to watching turtles and other marine life at play, it’s the perfect way to bond and stay active at the same time.

Kayaking is also a great way for the whole family to get out on the water. Older children will be able to handle their own kayak, whole a double kayak will let little ones in on the moment too. Why not consider a trip out to Iguana Island for the kids to meet these fascinating reptiles up-close-and-personal? Older kids will also be able to learn the basics of the exciting world of kiteboarding with the Big Blue experts.

Keen to get the kids interested in an active lifestyle? Remember that we run a special Kalama Kamp at the end of the season for children aged between 9 and 16. Not only will they have plenty of fun learning the basics of stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, scuba, snorkelling and even kiteboarding, they’ll also be introduced to the ecology of the island in a fun yet meaningful way. It’s 10 days, over 2 straight weeks, of adventure and exploration, allowing the children to exercise their bodies and minds in a way that ‘normal’ life doesn’t often encourage. Relaxed and extremely safe, they’ll have a fabulous time- and you’ll still have time plenty of time to bond together and share in their new skills.

Water adventures for the whole family

Why only play on the surface of the water when there’s a family adventure waiting below it, too? Snorkelling is an activity that will engage the whole family, allowing you to explore the fascinating underwater marine world and its many inhabitants. Meet fantastical tropical fish, endangered sea turtles, and many other denizens of this remarkable hidden world together. Several of the most family-friendly snorkelling sites on the island even include informative trail boards for you to follow as you explore.

Older kids can get to grips with the basics of diving, too, and many supreme dive sites can be easily accessed from the islands. Or spend some precious family time together on a special charter boat, and let the wind take you where you want with no pressure- just the guiding hand of our expert captains to help you make the most of the experience.

Ecology and adventure

Head off the beaten track on a day of exploration and adventure. Remote West Caicos is calling to you. Discover the ruins of plantations long lost to time, and learn more about the history of the salt industry in the TCI. Browse the remarkable artefacts of the prehistoric people who called the island home at the small Grand Turk museum, and then grab a heavenly ice cream and prowl the streets, soaking in the quaint Bermudian architecture. You can even safely bicycle through some of the quieter areas of Provo, and pack a picnic to celebrate the day. Don’t forget to make a detour to the Grand Turk Lighthouse! Conch World also offers a fascinating eco-friendly look at this critical local product, and there’s plenty of interactive exhibits to keep the kids engaged. And, of course, the chance to spot whales at play in season!

Festivals and fiestas

There’s always something happening on the island you can enjoy together as a family. Why not join the Thursday Fish Fry at the Bight Children’s Park, and enjoy some of the very best food the sea has to offer? Browse the market stalls for that perfect something for folks back home, or simply soak in the live music and vibey atmosphere.

The Turks and Caicos make the perfect family destination, and there’s plenty for kids to do in the TCI. We at Big Blue Unlimited welcome adventurers of all ages, and look forward to helping you and your special people make memories together that will help you all remember the deep bond of family in a fun, thriving atmosphere, so why not get in touch with us today?

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