Turks and Caicos
A stunning and unique gem of the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos invites you to set your watch to island time. Free from crazy distractions or flashy nightlife, this island sports crystal-clear aqua waters prime for recreational diving and ocean-based activities. Grab a plate of fresh seafood, kick your feet up, and soak in the rays for a refreshing and revitalizing vacation.
Things to Do
Scuba Diving: If you are certified, Turks is a diver's paradise. The reef walls are insane and expect to see more than a few sharks. Dive Provo on Grace Bay is a solid and organized operation that is also one of the cheaper shops in the area. Flamingo Divers is another great option if you can book early, as this dive shop prides themselves on excellent service with small intimate groups of 8 divers or less.
Snorkeling: There are stunning reefs all around Grace Bay. Take a half day excursion or enjoy the underwater sites right by the resorts. Coral Gardens Resort has one right off the beach.
Check out the Fish Fry: Every Thursday, locals and visitors gather for a lively night on the bay. There is live music, fresh food, and tons of little vendors set up for a memorable night out.
Kayak/Paddle Board: If you get stir crazy just relaxing on the beach, see if your hotel has kayaks or paddle boards for use or rent. Most will, and also offer other activities like riding on hobie cats and tubing.
Go to the Spa: The island is all about relaxation. If you are in the mood to splurge, go to your resort spa or see if any of the fancy resorts have availability. Most wont require you to be a hotel guest to access their services.
Places to Eat/Drink
Turks Kebab: It's not much to the naked eye, but this affordable lunch spot has the best gyro on the island.
Somewhere: Situated right on a coral reef, this Mexican/American restaurant has the best view and fantastic food. Order the Snapper Fish Sandwich.
Cocovan: It might seem like a regular food truck (in an airstream) but this place has delicious food, great drinks, and a cool atmosphere. Perfect for cocktails or a quick dinner and they have Fried Lobster Mac 'n Cheese Balls, need we say more?
Shay's Cafe: Solid breakfast/brunch option.
Coco Bistro: A must-visit. The food is incredible and the outdoor atmosphere fits the island perfectly. Order the Tuna Tataki appetizer and no matter how full you may be, the Banana Fritter dessert is out of this world. This place is popular, so try to get a reservation before you arrive.
Infiniti: A swanky, outdoor restaurant and bar that sits right on the beach. Go for a late dinner, or an ideal spot for drinks as well.
Places to Stay
Royal West Indies: If you're on a budget (which is a stretch on this island) and still want to be on a resort, Royal West Indies is your best option. While not the newest, the rooms are nice and the grounds (botanical garden and two pools) are gorgeous. The poolside restaurant, Pelican Bay, is delicious.
The Shore Club: A luxury resort known for getting a little rowdy. Depending on the weekend, there may be a pool party or two.
We don't recommend doing an Airbnb unless you are renting a car and are familiar with the area. Every hotel's staff are really helpful with organizing transportation, reservations, and general help that'll get you around.
Have your hotel call a taxi or shuttle. Have cash ready -- most will charge by the person, and then you'll need to tip on top of that. Everyone is friendly and willing to help if you find yourself out and about needing to call a ride.
Budgeting: Turks and Caicos is absolutely beautiful, but with it being an island means it won't be cheap. Expect $20 plates at casual spots and $40 entrees at fancier ones. Excursions come at a premium as well. That being said, the food is incredible and everyone is friendly and fun, so the experience is worth it.
Nightlife: The island is pretty quiet for the most part. Don't plan on big parties or a plethora of bars -- there aren't many beyond those at restaurants or resorts. Most everything closes around 10 p.m. and bars will stay open based on how many people are still there.