If you’re gearing up to take your kids on a vacation they won’t soon forget, Turks and Caicos is a stellar choice. It’s a beach haven, which means you’ll love it, but the island also has many fun and fascinating activities to offer children of all ages.
Here are a few family and kid-friendly ideas to help inspire your trip!
To Beach His Own
Days on Turks and Caicos are long, sun-filled, and best spent swimming or taking long, dreamy strolls on the beach. Have the kids bring buckets so they can collect seashells. Families adore the reputed 12 mile-long soft stretch of sand known as Grace Bay. Taylor Bay, located off the south coast of Providenciales, is a small, scenic beach with very shallow, calm waters and is ideal when visiting with small children. To take it to the next level, accompany your kids on a pony tour at Long Bay Beach.
Choose Your Own Blue Sea Adventure
If what you’re after is a family adventure, go with Big Blue Limited. They offer stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, kiteboarding, snorkeling, and meet-ups with whales and dolphins. A knowledgeable guide will point out turtles, sharks, stingrays and any other sea animal that happens to pass you by! Another popular destination for animal-loving families is the iguana sanctuary at Little Water Cay (AKA Iguana Island). The Rock Iguana is a large but friendly herbivore lizard that doesn’t mind children getting up close and personal for a better look.
Conch You See?
Caicos Conch Farm is the world’s only conch farm, and definitely worth a visit. This seafood farm educates children about the subtleties of eco-conscious conch farming and the life cycle of a conch. There are many chances to get an up-close view of live conchs at different life stages. Pet conchs Sally and Jerry are available for a hands-on show-and-tell at the end of the tour. Once you’ve worked up an appetite at the farm, head over to Da Conch Shack, to give the kids a taste of the freshest, most authentic local seafood on the island. They may even catch sight of local fishermen on the job.
Don’t Miss the Fish Fry
On Thursday nights, the fish fry at Bight Park is the place to be. On top of the delicious fried seafood, there’s live music, dancing, local craftsmen, and a variety of food stands. This is a fun, lively event frequented by locals and visitors alike, and a great way to let the whole family soak up a little culture. If you plan on buying souvenirs, bring cash to make transactions easier.
Bonus: Turks and Caicos is a short flight from anywhere in the US, so you can skip worrying about lengthy travel times and book a luxury villa in Turks and Caicos today to get your family vacation started off right!