Best Beaches in Turks and Caicos
- January 12, 2023
- TCI Vacation Tips
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As a chain of islands surrounded by some of the most pristine and beautiful ocean waters in the world, there’s no doubt the Turks and Caicos is best enjoyed by boat.
Fortunately, we’re home to a variety of boat charters that can help you tick off your bucket list, from exploring one of the longest coral reefs in the world to cruising with a pod of wild dolphins.
Whether you prefer to explore on or below the ocean surface, you’re sure to find a boat charter in Turks and Caicos best suited for you. Here are some of our top recommendations for getting out on the water.
A world-renowned fishing destination, the Turks and Caicos is home to a variety of big game including yellowfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish, blue marlin, mahi mahi and more. Deep sea fishing is the most popular kind of sport fishing in TCI, although the islands also offer perfect conditions for bonefishing and saltwater fly fishing.
All visitors 16 and older must have a fishing license, which is easy to obtain either from a government office, marina or through the charter company of your choice.
If you’re interested in booking a day of fishing in Turks and Caicos, we recommend Talbot’s Adventures or Bite Me Sport Fishing, both of which are led by knowledgeable Turks and Caicos Islanders with decades of fishing experience on the islands.
With an extensive, vibrant coral reef that’s home to countless species of tropical fish, turtles, stingrays and even sharks, exploring the underwater world of Turks and Caicos is a must.
There are several reefs to snorkel near the beach, such as Coral Gardens and Smith’s Reef, but you’re bound to enjoy better visibility, more variety in coral formations and bigger sea creatures if you charter a boat for a snorkel cruise or scuba diving excursion.
In addition to fishing excursions, Talbot’s Adventures also offers snorkeling trips. If you’re interested in diving while in Turks and Caicos, we recommend Dive Provo—but be sure to book your trip well in advance.
Not scuba certified? You can also book a training course with Dive Provo, although you must complete the online portion prior to practicing in the pool and the ocean, but the time and effort are worth it.
Exploring the ocean 30 feet below the surface can be a mesmerizing experience, with opportunities to get up close and personal with fish, turtles, sharks, spotted eagle rays and more. If you’re visiting between the months of December and April, you could get lucky and see humpback whales on their annual migration to warmer waters.
If you’re in the mood for something more lowkey, you can opt for a leisurely sunset cruise along the Caicos cays—the best way to enjoy one of the island’s famous sunsets. This boat trip is normally shorter than a fishing, snorkeling or scuba diving excursion, and once you’ve made it aboard, all you have to do is sit back, relax and take in the gorgeous scenery.
Some boat tour operators offer snacks, rum punch and other refreshments on a sunset cruise, but inquire with your chosen company to confirm. Local tip: Rum punch is often stronger than it tastes and can pack a powerful “punch” that sneaks up on you. If you’re indulging in a drink or two, make sure it’s not on an empty stomach!
Once you’ve booked your accommodation with Blue Heron, be sure to take advantage of our premier concierge service to help you book all your activities in the Turks and Caicos, including your boat charter experience. Get in touch to learn more, and visit our website to browse our collection of luxury villas on Providenciales.