Vacation to Turks and Caicos; Beauty and History Await

Published February 12, 2018

Breathtakingly beautiful beaches and exciting excursions: a vacation to Turks and Caicos transforms the ordinary getaway into something extraordinary.

Grace Bay Beach Providenciales

What made a big splash in the Grand Turks in 1962?

Was it a (a) unusual rainfall (b) beached whale (c)American astronaut or (d)belly-flop champion?

The correct answer is (c) American astronaut.

Grand Turk caught international focus in 1962 when astronaut John Glenn landed his Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7 off the southeast coast of Grand Turk.

Make your own splash! A vacation to Turks and Caicos puts you in the middle of a diversity of diving and snorkeling destinations to enjoy. Hot spots include sites like Coral Gardens, Grace Bay, Sapodilla Bay and Pine Cay. Visibility is excellent due to the pristine water here, and the variety of marine life will satisfy even the seasoned enthusiast. Afterwards, walk barefoot on super soft sand, do some beachcombing for seashells or relax and refresh in a private beach cabana.

More about the John Glenn Exhibit:

underwater cannons at Fort George

Did you know the oldest excavated European shipwreck in the Northern Hemisphere is located in the Turks and Caicos Islands?

In 1513 a ship sank about 20 miles off the south coast of Providenciales. Named for its location, the Molasses Reef Wreck was discovered in 1976 and since then many artifacts from her hull have been recovered.

Not only are there underwater treasures and island sites that provide glimpses into history, but there are also boating excursions that give you a new experience or perspective during your vacation to Turks and Caicos.

Paddle through a mangrove or over to a private cay like Half Moon Bay or Iguana Island. Board a vessel from the beach and cruise the hundred different shades of blue that make up the brilliant Caicos waters.

Island boating excursion companies offer everything from group snorkeling excursions around beautiful Providenciales to customized charters that whisk you away on fishing, snorkeling and exploring adventures. A popular local boating charter operator has a fleet of power catamarans offering comfy seating, onboard washrooms, and even a fun water slide for easy access to the water.

Find out more about shipwrecks at the local museum!

caicos dream tour boats

Soft sand underfoot, sunny skies overhead, sea and surf adventures; a vacation to Turks and Caicos brings endless possibilities for discovery.

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