Turks and Caicos is a beautiful Caribbean destination, made up of about 40 islands and cays, of which only 8 are inhabited. The beaches are world class, and the weather is delightful pretty much year round.
There is a great deal to see and do, whether you want to party, relax, learn about the history, or enjoy some incredible local cuisine!
But with it being such a popular holiday destination, attracting around 1 million tourists each year, are there any places left where you can escape the crowds?
We spoke to Beach House, a luxury adults-only boutique hotel in Providenciales to find out what their must-visit hidden gems are. Read on to find out what they recommended!
Chalk Sound National Park
This National Park can be found on the south-western edge of Providenciales, and can only be accessed via a long and winding road, which means that it doesn’t tend to get too busy, and is one of the quieter places you could visit
There are plenty of secluded beaches to relax on, either to soak up some rays with a spot of sunbathing, or head into the water to admire the stingrays, barracudas, and lemon sharks that can be spotted beneath the calm waters.
If you fancy a spot of diving, Chalk Sound Blue Hole is a 400 yard wide, 220-foot deep underwater sinkhole that is teeming with marine life.
Little Water Cay
Located just off the coast from Providenciales, Little Water Cay is a very small island that is becoming more popular, but can still be considered a hidden gem!
Known as Iguana Island, this is a protected area and nature reserve, and as the name suggests is one of the only places you can see the endangered Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas.
Due to its protected status, you can also find an abundance of flora and fauna and other wildlife including osprey and hermit crabs on Little Water Cay.
Conch Bar Artisan Studio
You’ll find this hidden gem on Middle Caicos, and it’s a really great place to visit if you’re keen to experience some of the culture of the islands.
You can watch Caribbean basket weaving demonstrations, which is a cultural tradition the studio is keen to keep alive, as well as buying some of the crafted items and checking out some of the displays.
This is a great place to come for a truly special souvenir, or perhaps a gift for somebody back home! You can read more about this cottage-industry and how it is an important element of the local economy on the Middle Caicos website here.
We hope this has given you a few ideas for things to do while you’re visiting Turks and Caicos, as there really is so much to see and do. Whatever you do end up doing, these islands are the perfect place to holiday if you need to relax and unwind on powdery white beaches under sunny skies as the crystal clear waters lap the sands.