Top Spots With Kids in Turks and Caicos

We’ve posted before about our recommended peaceful Caribbean destination with kids, Turks and Caicos. Our week of vacation was spent on the island of Providenciales, where most Turks and Caicos resorts are to be found. Here’s a run-down of our top activities and outings with Grace, who was only 10 months old at the time. Although Grace would have been content to stay on the beach and eat sand all day, we got out and did quite a bit. We think these activities would be enjoyable for kids of all ages.

1. Iguana Island – This uninhabited island is a national park just a short boat ride from Providenciales, but with no domesticated cats and dogs the native iguanas have no predators and have taken over the island. They are harmless but fascinating and a short walk around the island’s boardwalk reveals interesting fauna as well as these dinosaur-type lizards.

2. Snorkeling – Obviously at 10 months Grace wasn’t up for this activity, but thankfully we had grandparents along. Our entire group (grandparents, Grace’s aunt and uncle, plus the three of us) took a boat trip to one of the incredible reefs off the island. We chose a glass-bottomed boat so even those who weren’t snorkeling (namely Grace and Grandma) still got a peek at the sealife below. The rest of us enjoyed some of the world’s best snorkeling in the warm clear blue waters.

3. Sapodilla Bay – Our resort was on the north side of the island on Grace Bay Beach. We rented a car for one day and drove to the south side of the island to experience the tranquil waters of Sapodilla Bay, affectionately called “Children’s Beach” by some. We had a little trouble finding the unmarked beach but finally found a small parking area which led us to the clear still water of the Bay. Unlike Grace Bay, which experiences small but constant waves, Sapodilla Bay is perfectly calm. The water is incredibly clear and shallow as well, making it possible to both see and touch bottom even 200 feet from shore. We floated, snorkeled, splashed, sat and soaked up the sun and the quiet of this hidden gem of a beach.

4. Conch Festival – Our visit to Turks and Caicos happened to coincide with the annual Conch Festival in November. Here all the best restaurants in town cook up their best conch (pronounced “conk”) recipes and for one price you get a ticket to try and vote for them all. Let’s just say there’s good conch and there’s really nasty conch. It was a packed event with live music and a conch blowing contest, in which Steve’s brother Michael won second place!

5. Beach time – While there are diversions such as those listed above, the real reason to go to Turks and Caicos is for the beach. The sand is white and soft as flour. The water is warm and the waves lap the shore, never crash. Grace Bay Beach stretches for miles in either direction which makes for great walks. We saw families with kids of all ages and they all seemed to be having a wonderful time.

Have you traveled with your family to Turks and Caicos? What do you recommend?


3 responses to “Top Spots With Kids in Turks and Caicos

  1. Love the idea of clear beaches that aren’t too deep, not too much waves and are clear and have some fish wildlife. I have a 3 year old who doesn’t swim yet and it’s great for him to wade into some nice water.

    We were in Cabo San Lucas and we could find a few alcoves which he could explore but it would be nice to have a huge beach with a long sandbar where he could just explore.

  2. Did you bring an infant life jacket with you? We are bringing our nine month old with us to TCI and I am not sure what to pack!

    • Hi Ashley, We did not take an infant life jacket with us but I remember wishing we had one along when we took a half day boat/ snorkel excursion. I think our daughter spent part of that outing in a much-too-big life jacket which we eventually took off due to her protests. If you think you’ll be out on boats at all it would definitely be a good idea to bring one along as infant sizes did not seem to be readily available. Beth

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