I’ve mentioned before that we love travelling, both in the UK and overseas. The time has come to think about where we want to go on our summer holiday. I’m heading all over the UK this year, both with my family and without, so I’m trying to find something abroad for us all that we can enjoy. I’ve been looking at a beach house in Turks and Caicos and definitely think this will be on the shortlist of where we may head to.
With this being one of the destinations on our list, we’ve been looking at the things we can do whilst there, both as a couple and as a family. There is such a wide variety of things to do on the islands – we really are spoilt for choice!
Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It is a British Overseas Territory which is southeast of the Bahamas. There are some beautiful and amazing scuba-diving sites such as a 14-mile barrier reef on Provo’s north shore and a dramatic 2,134m underwater wall off Grand Turk Island.
So, what can we do on the various islands?
Water based activities
First of all, there are plenty of beaches and bays for us to visit as a family. There is Grace Bay, Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay Beach, for starters. With beaches and bays come a vast amount of water based activities for us to do.
Some are child friendly, others would be much more suited for just my husband and I. There is a guided stand up paddleboard tour, scuba diving and kiteboarding. You can go on half day and day cruises, go snorkelling. There is even the option to have a private sightseeing tour around the beaches and bays if you wish to do something romantic with your partner.
There’s some things that I know my husband would love to do on his own too – private fishing excursions, taken out by islanders who have many titles and records. If I was brave enough, I’d love to go diving to see HMS Endymion, it is said to be a fabulous wreck dive.
Visiting the landmarks
This is definitely the more child friendly of the activities; some things that we would be able to do as a family. There are various plantations and farms we could visit. The Caicos Conch Farm in the Providenciales is said to be great if you have young children with you. There’s also the Cheshire Hall Plantation in the Providenciales which has a tour that provides some historical insight into the islands.
If you’re religious or simply appreciate religious architecture, there is the Our Lady of Divine Providence, also in the Providenciales, which is said to be very welcoming – and should you be lucky enough to attend a service, the parishioners are warm and welcoming themselves and there may even be some steel drums played.
Should you be looking for more things to do within the Providenciales, there’s even the Sapodilla Bay Hill rock carvings or ‘The Hole’, some fun things to do at the beach with the kids.
I always like to think of some unique ideas for us to do with the kids and the Grand Turk Lighthouse in Cockburn Town is somewhere I know they would love to visit as it is something different to the norm.
There is so much natural beauty on the islands too. The beaches and cays, the absolutely stunning reefs. Perhaps the most beautiful of all is the Sand River Canyon in Grand Turk, it is definitely somewhere I would love to visit to be able to take in the breathtaking scenery of it all.
The Columbus Landfall National Park is also somewhere we have put on our list of places to visit – we’ve heard that the water there is the bluest water some people have ever seen. When you are used to the murky, muddy greeny-brown sea water that we Brits are, being able to see the bluest water is something pretty special!
You may be thinking – why would I suggest shopping on holiday – but Turks and Caicos offer some great shopping experiences. The shops on the islands are all one offs – they aren’t the chains we see over here – and there are bound to be some special places to visit.
For a lady of luxury, the Diamonds International store is a must visit and The Wellington Collection shop also offers some beautiful jewellery. For the man in your life, perhaps a visit to the cigar factory would be an interesting experience? I don’t personally smoke them but I can imagine seeing them made from scratch would be a very intriguing day out.
There’s also plenty of food shops, boutiques and other such amenities – there really is everything you could need from the islands available on them. If you are an art connoisseur, there are even numerous art galleries that you could visit as a family and take in the wonder of some amazing pieces. There really is something for everyone.
With so much available to do on the islands and so much beautiful scenery to see, I’ll be putting Turks and Caicos forward as my top family holiday option for this year. Who doesn’t love some amazing sights, some fantastic experiences and some amazing weather? Get me out of the UK pronto, the Turks and Caico beaches are calling me!