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Visit the Caicos Conch Farm

Conch farmTurks & Caicos is home to the only conch farm in existence. Throughout the world, the conch (pronounced “konk”) is endangered and threatened. Take a guided tour to learn how the national food of the islands is being farmed successfully.

The 20-minute tour includes a look at the undersea pastures where conch is grown and a lesson on the conch life cycle. You'll appreciate the efforts of this local business to make conch sustainable seafood for the islands and for foreign markets as well.

Say hello to JoJo the dolphin

If there was a mascot for Turks & Caicos, it would have to be JoJo, a male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin who formed an unconventional friendship with a human, Dean Bernal.

Bernal met young JoJo in 1984 during an ocean swim near Grace Bay. Since then, the two have been virtually inseparable. JoJo waits for Bernal to play and, if that doesn't come soon enough, this playful dolphin will interrupt Bernal's diving classes to get his attention.

Their story has made international headlines and has been the subject of documentaries. Today, JoJo is officially a state treasure and under the protection of Bernal and the people of Turks & Caicos. If you're in Grace Bay, you might catch a glimpse of JoJo – he likes to follow boats and visit with divers, especially around the Cathedral dive site.

Trace local history at the Turks & Caicos National Museum

A great way to experience the past is with a visit to this impressive museum. Check out the displays of the Molasses Reef shipwreck, one of the oldest in the western hemisphere.

There's also an unusual collection of messages in bottles, donated to the museum by one of its founders, Grethe Seim. She found them along the beaches of Turks & Caicos over the course of 40 years. Stamp and coin collectors also find plenty to discover on a visit here.

Go fishing, Turks-style

Fishing is time well spent, and a great way to enjoy the beauty of Turks & Caicos from the water. Angling enthusiasts love the challenge big game fishing offers on the waters of these islands. Marlin, yellowfin tuna, shark, barracuda and mahi mahi may end up at the end of your hook within a 15-minute boat trip from shore. Go out for the day with one of the fishing charters available, including companies like After Five and Bite Me Sportfishing.

To get the big catches, you need a fast, sleek boat that can seek out some of the largest and fastest fish, including kingfish and wahoo. Find a boat where there's a local guide on board who knows the best places for sport fishing. Some of the top spots include South Caicos and the more remote areas around North, Middle and East Caicos, too.

Head to the beaches and relax in the sun

The combination of beautiful white sand and turquoise water is almost impossible to resist. Grace Bay Beach is probably the best known, but don't limit yourself to just one spot. There are others scattered over the islands. Blue Hills Beach has a nice restaurant and bar scene, perfect for watching the sun sink into the horizon at the end of the day.

Or, head to Long Bay Beach where you're likely to find yourself alone on this picturesque strip, stretching almost five km. For the kids, Sapodilla Bay is ideal, thanks to its shallow waters.

Explore an ancient shipwreck while scuba diving

The clear, clean waters around Turks & Caicos have earned this destination top marks for stellar scuba diving. The currents aren't strong and the water is wonderfully warm. With plenty of visibility, divers can explore ancient shipwrecks, look for artifacts, and see a fascinating array of marine life.

You don't even need to have your own equipment. There are plenty of tour operators (such as Dive Provo or Blue Water Divers) that can loan out gear and take you to the best spots they know.

Beginners are welcome, too. The conditions here are perfect for taking that first dive and earning your certification. Experienced dive masters can teach you the important basics and safety procedures.

Take a horseback ride into the sunset

Horseback ridingYou've seen the scene hundreds of times in movies: a couple on horseback rides along a sun-kissed beach. Make it a reality by booking a guided ride along the pristine shores of Providenciales. Experienced riders and absolute beginners alike will love the experience of an ocean ride. Companies like Provo Ponies match their horses to the rider's experience level.

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What Turks & Caicos lacks in quantity (there are no mega-malls here), it makes up for in quality. This is a tax-free, duty-free shopping haven, so the prices of luxury goods are hard to resist.

Graceway Gourmet (Grace Bay)

Food lovers enjoy this store because of the sheer variety of gourmet fare sourced from around the world. Pick up flavoured Italian sparkling water, pâté and ready-to-eat salads, and you’ve got the makings of a fabulous picnic on the beach. Buy a bottle of the local Bambarra rum to take home.

ArtProvo (Providenciales)

If you’re looking for the unique and truly special, this art gallery and gift shop has plenty of quality artwork. Oil paintings from local artists share space with designer jewelry, hand-blown glass, and cute ceramic boxes – each inspired by the beauty of the islands.

Jai’s (Providenciales)

If you’ve always dreamed of having a pair of Armani sunglasses, or genuine Cartier diamond earrings, this is the place to make that dream come true. Visit Jai’s for a who’s who of luxury goods. You’ll recognize many of the names, including Cartier, Lalique, Rolex, Gucci and Baume & Mercier. And, thanks to the tax-free prices, they’ve never looked more attractive to buyers. Also, be sure to check out the earrings and necklaces featuring conch pearls.

Cultural Market (Grace Bay Beach)

If you need to pick up souvenirs to bring back home, this is an ideal spot. Local craftspeople stock the market with straw bags and hats, ceramics, handmade dolls and island sea salt. The prices are good here, and you’re more likely to find something authentic and made on the island.

Greensleeves (Providenciales)

There are plenty of nice gifts to be had here, but the selection of jewelry and beads is what really stands out. The pieces are unique, and you’ll be tempted to buy them for yourself, as well as for family and friends.

MaMa’s Gift Shop (Providenciales)

At this eclectic store, you’ll find wind chimes, T-shirts, shot glasses, polished conch shells, beachwear and woven goods. You can even get your hair braided on site.

Blue (Providenciales)

Label-conscious teenagers will love the designer wear featured in this cool store. Big names on the surf scene like Billabong and Quicksilver might not mean much to moms and dads, but your trend-watching teens will know them well.

The Wine Cellar (Providenciales)

Leave room in your suitcase for a special bottle of wine. Thanks to the tax-free prices in Turks & Caicos, you can pick up excellent vintages that are also quite affordable. Now is the time to buy an Italian Amarone or French Champagne to take home.

The Potcake Foundation (Providenciales)

Turks & Caicos is home to a special mixed breed of dog called a potcake. This charitable organization operates a gift shop where the proceeds go towards adoption and rescue of these friendly canines. Dog-lovers should pick up hand-painted wine glasses featuring paw prints, puppy-themed beach bags, T-shirts and collars. There’s also a nice assortment of beaded jewelry here.

Rumeurs Boutique (Providenciales)

For souvenirs with style, this is a great shopping stop. There are cute purses, incense burners, beach cover-ups and pretty scarves.

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Coco Bistro (Providenciales) (Caribbean, $$)

This pretty restaurant in Providenciales feels romantic. Candlelit tables under a coconut canopy outdoors make this a good spot for lovers of good food and atmosphere. The daily special features freshly caught fish prepared masterfully on the grill. A selection from the impressive wine list completes the meal in style.

Magnolia Wine Bar & Restaurant (Miramar Resort) (Mediterranean, $$$)

The best way to approach this restaurant is in two parts. Start in the wine bar and have a glass of cool pinot grigio, then head over to the dining room next door. The view is stellar in the evening, with the twinkling lights of the marina casting reflections off the ocean.

Try the seared rare tuna encrusted in sesame seeds and cracked pepper, or dip into a bowl of red seafood chowder. The soup is full of local grouper, clams, shrimp and conch. Save room for a drinkable dessert: an adult cocktail like The Tiramisu or sorbet livened up with a shot of vodka. For the kids, there are house-made popsicles.

Bagatelle Bistrot & Beach Lounge (Gansevoort) (Mediterranean, $$$$)

Under the palm trees and the stars, chef Erik Peters creates dishes that satisfy appetites with modern twists on classics. Appetizers such as grilled calamari get an exotic twist with creole sauce and black tapenade, while blackened mahi mahi gets the tropical treatment with mango beurre blanc, rice and peas. For dessert, order the sticky toffee pudding and house-churned trio of ice cream. Ask for extra spoons, as everyone will want a taste.

Tiki Hut Cabana Bar & Grill (Providenciales) (Caribbean, $$)

Tiki Hut has a diverse menu. The burgers are just as delicious as the jerk chicken and pineapple pizza, or the grilled grouper sandwich. Cool down with a rum punch – it’s wickedly good. The bustling atmosphere at Tiki Hut speaks volumes about the loyalty of its customers.

Lemon Café (Providenciales) (Moroccan, $$$)

This quaint spot will spice up your dining experience on the island. It features some fantastic dishes that would be right at home in big-city ethnic eateries. Warm up your taste buds slowly with appetizers perfect for sharing. Try the baba ghanouj made with roasted eggplant or hummus (a chick pea spread) served with a cucumber mint yogurt sauce and pita wedges for dipping.

For mains, the tagines are the specialty. These stews are cooked in covered earthenware, which makes the meats and veggies wonderfully tender. Finish your Moroccan experience with the ginger cheesecake.

Yoshis Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant (Salt Mills Plaza) (Japanese, $$$)

With the wealth of fresh seafood available in Turks & Caicos, it isn’t surprising that this restaurant has become a favourite with visitors and locals. The sushi rivals anything you’d get on elsewhere for freshness and flavour.

There are more than 100 items on the menu, so don’t feel bashful about asking your server for advice. The beauty of this place is you can order a bit of everything. Your selection of sushi for the table may arrive in a wooden boat. The top picks here include lobster tempura rolls, spicy conch rolls and wagyu beef.

Da Conch Shack & Rum Bar (Providenciales) (Seafood, $$)

Conch shackThe setting at this local hangout is stunning. It’s right next to the sea and so close, you can always hear waves in the background. Live music on Thursdays draws would-be dancers and rum punch drinkers. The menu delivers on its promise of homemade island specialties. From the conch chowder to the citrus-infused conch salad, there isn’t a weak dish in the bunch.

Grace’s Cottage (Point Grace Resort) (Caribbean, $$$$)

Authentic Caribbean cooking gets the star treatment here. It’s front and centre on the menu where it deserves to be. The mix of spice and sweetness makes many of the main dishes winners. The pan-fried snapper is prepared simply and well, alongside curry rice pilaf and roasted red pepper sauce. The food isn’t pretentious, and each dish arrives at the table looking like it could be on the cover of a food magazine. The taste is equally as good.

Bella Luna Ristorante (Providenciales) (Italian, $$$)

The marriage of Italian and Caribbean cuisines is a happy one, here at this island landmark with painted frescoed walls. You can get old-world classics such as Caesar salad, gnocchi and angel hair pasta with tomato sauce, but don’t be afraid to try dishes that combine flavours.

For example, you can try the linguine marechiaro (fresh pasta with clams, tossed in garlic, olive oil and herbs) and the gazpacho con gamberi (a refreshing, cold soup with shrimp, cucumber and lemon).

Saltmills Café & Diner (Providenciales) (Continental, $$)

The food here is good from morning to night, but you’ve got to love a place that serves all-day breakfast. Kids will love the chocolate French toast, as parents opt for eggs Benedict with salmon, do-it-yourself omelettes and a plate of huevos rancheros. Come back later in the day for a Caico lobster pita, classic burgers or the bangers and mash. Even if it’s morning, go ahead and indulge in a slice of key lime pie.

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Spa

Exhale Spa (Gansevoort) ($$$)

This top-rated spa goes beyond just offering treatments. It takes a whole-body approach to wellness with a strong exercise and fitness component. Core Fusion classes are held daily in the outdoor pavilion and are designed to rev up your system, both mentally and physically.

With the help of an experienced instructor, movements are adapted to suit your fitness level. Indoors, this cozy spa, painted in a warm white, has a full range of treatments.

The Regent Spa (The Regent Palms) ($$$$)

Opened in 2008, this facility taps into the healing properties of water and native plants like herbs and fruits. The stand-alone treatment rooms each have their own water feature to enhance the feeling of well-being. It’s like having your own private oasis.

One of the must-try signature treatments is the mother of pearl body exfoliator. Hand-crushed queen conch shells form a fine scrub, mixed with essential oils, that is gently applied to the body. The result is baby-smooth skin that looks as radiant as it feels.

The Spa at Seven Stars Resort (Seven Stars Resort) ($$$$)

Spa seven starsAs the newest spa on Turks & Caicos, this spa has won rave reviews for its innovative menu of pampering services. Try the Island Dream treatment that incorporates several spa favourites into a single service. It starts with a full-body massage that uses botanical ingredients from the islands, like ginger and lemongrass.

Afterwards, you’ll get a mini facial and while a nurturing masque is setting, your therapist massages key points on your legs, arms, shoulders, neck and scalp. Finally, an aromatic, warm towel is wrapped around your feet to give them an energizing boost. It’s pure bliss.

Teona Spa (The Regent Grand) ($$$)

Founder Edmonde Sidibe-Jones searched the world to find the best treatments possible for her spa. The treatments reflect her journey, with services from Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. She is well known for her body massages, created to restore lost energy and to calm the spirit.

Brides often make this spa a pre-wedding stop, and couples like the romantic Two Hot to Handle package. This stand-alone spa also offers mobile services, handy for that emergency facial or manicure on the fly.

Golf

Provo Golf and Country Club

Golfers all over the Caribbean are well acquainted with this green oasis. It has challenged some of the best golf players in the world and has hosted the Caribbean Amateur Open twice.

The 18-hole course is demanding. The par-5 12th hole is one of the trickiest, thanks to its long, tight fairway, prevailing winds and rough on both sides. It’s a picturesque course, too, and you may be greeted by some of the resident pink flamingos hanging out at the ponds scattered across the course. The facilities are top-notch here, with fine attention paid to the details.

There are warm-up and practice ranges, and an elegant clubhouse that serves as the focal point for these links. Post-game, gather at the Fairways Bar and Grill and look out over the course as you plan how you’ll tackle it differently next time.

If you’re not travelling with your own clubs, don’t worry – gear rentals are available. As of June 2011, green fees ranged from US$95 to US$170, including golf carts.

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Explore the undersea world in a submarine (all ages)

Discovering the wonders of marine life is not limited to snorkellers and divers, especially when you can take a trip beneath the waves in The Undersea Explorer, a semi-submarine.

Kids will have a blast spotting sharks, turtles, exotic fish and impressive coral formations through the large windows. Tours leave three times a day from the Turtle Cove Marina on Providenciales (better known as Provo). Caicos Tours offers free pick up and drop off at any of the hotels and resorts in the Grace Bay area.

See the lizards at Little Water Cay (Iguana Island) (age 5 and up)

Little Water Cay is also called Iguana Island. It has a nature reserve where rock iguanas roam around freely. Several boat tour operators offer excursions from Leeward Marina, and it’s just a 10-minute trip by boat. Kids will love tracking the little green-coloured, prehistoric-looking critters and watching them bask in the sunshine. You could almost swear they pose for photographs as they soak up the rays. Also, keep your eyes open for the ospreys that nest here.

Play games and mini golf at Fun World (age 5 and up)

Fun World is located off the Leeward Highway. The 18-hole miniature golf course is a good challenge for kids just getting into the sport, as well as for those who have had some instruction.

The Grand Prix puts kids (ages nine and up) behind the wheel of peppy go-karts, then lets them experience the thrill of banked curves, straightaways and tight turns. Older kids (weighing 40 pounds minimum) can try to scale the 9.5-metre climbing wall while safely harnessed. No matter what activity they choose, they will likely spend time in the video arcade, which is full of cool virtual reality and arcade games.

Explore the Conch Bar Caves (age 5 and up)

These limestone caves on Middle Caicos will wow kids if they like to be active and don’t mind the (harmless) bats that inhabit the caves. There are also underground lakes and milky-white stalactites and stalagmites here. Based on artifacts found by archaeologists, the caves were likely used by the Lucayan Indians.

Bike or hike the Crossing Place Trail (age 10 and up)

This trail once linked the settlements and plantations spread across Middle Caicos. While only a few people remain on the island, the path has been cleared for families to hike and bike. The unspoiled beauty and deserted beaches make a nice backdrop for a leisurely day trip full of beach stops and dips in the ocean. Rent a bike for the day at the Sports Shack in Conch Bar and arrange for a pick up at the end of the trail.

Spend a day at the National Environmental Centre and the Children’s Park (all ages)

These two attractions are very close together on Providenciales, and they make a nice day out for the family. At the National Environmental Centre, youngsters can learn more about the science and nature of the islands from the exhibits on hand. Learn how coral is formed and all about Turks & Caicos’ fragile ecosystems.

After a bit of education, let the kids play at the Children’s Park. It has plenty of play equipment right on the beach, plus essentials for parents like bathrooms and pavilions for lunches and snacks.

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Casablanca Casino (Providenciales) (Casino, $$)

If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at the blackjack or Texas Hold ‘Em tables that are open around the clock. Or choose one of the 100 slot machines in hopes of scoring a hefty jackpot.

Bagatelle Bistrot & Beach Lounge (Gansevoort) (Lounge, $$$)

The mood changes at Bagatelle Bistrot as the night goes on. After the dinner hour, this New York-style bistro fills up and the music changes from mellow to electronica. Locals and guests mingle on the dance floor, while groups gather around the clusters of sofas and chairs. On Friday nights, a DJ spins the latest hits and gets the crowd grooving.

Infiniti Bar (Grace Bay Club) (Wine bar, $$$$)

This hot spot stretches straight to the beach and features terrific views of the lagoon. It’s an ideal place to watch the sun set with a fine glass of wine in hand. For martini lovers, there is an extensive list of mixed drinks that are perfect for toasting the passing of another day in paradise.

Calico Jack’s Bar & Grill (Seven Mile Beach) (Pub, $$)

After a recent renovation, this island favourite is looking its best. It’s a popular venue for live music featuring local talents like Lee Forbes, The Island Boys and Stanley Roots. It has a casual, inviting atmosphere where you can unwind with friendly islanders.

The Sharkbite Bar & Grill (Providenciales) (Music venue, $$)

On any night of the week, you’ll see locals sitting on the bar stools and enjoying the laid-back environment. But on Friday night, the place really gets hopping thanks to a live band and happy hour specials for drinks and light food. Get here early to grab a seat and watch the action unfold.

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While most of the action around Turks & Caicos centres around the more developed island of Providenciales, your vacation wouldn’t be complete without exploring the other islands. In particular, you don’t want to miss Grand Turk.

Though it is small, with just 4,000 inhabitants, Grand Turk is worthy of a fun-filled day trip. It is one of several places claiming to be the place where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492.

Discover the laid-back paradise of Grand Turk

Some cruise ships make Grand Turk a stop on their itineraries – for cruise passengers, it’s a nice change from the faster-paced ports. There are no chain restaurants or hotels here. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see donkeys or horses being used to transport goods into town.

The leisurely pace makes visitors feel at home here. In 1962, astronaut John Glenn splashed down just off shore after he became the first man to orbit the Earth. When he saw the tiny, white coral keys and turquoise waters from the air, he reportedly said, “This must be paradise.” Post-space flight, he spent a few days recuperating here before returning home to the U.S.

Visit the National Museum

National museumJust 2.4 km wide, Grand Turk is the capital of Turks & Caicos, with government and commercial buildings clustered in the centre of Cockburn Town. It’s here where you’ll get the best sense of the history of the country.

The Turks & Caicos National Museum is in the Guinep House. It is almost 200 years old and was created from salvaged wood gathered by Bermudian builders from ships wrecked by the hazardous reefs.

The museum includes exhibits on the cultural and environmental history of the islands, including a section on the Lucayan Native tribe that once inhabited the island. It also features exhibits that tell the industrial history of the islands, like the story of the local salt trade. Check out the gift shop here for cool souvenirs including old coins, stamps and T-shirts.

Check out the local architecture in Grand Turk

Under the golden Caribbean sun, the streets are filled with perfect photo opportunities. Stroll along the quaint, long, narrow streets dotted with old lamps.

Many of the wooden houses painted in pretty pastel colours were built by the Bermudians who first settled the island. These buildings date back to the 18th and 19th centuries when the town began to serve as a hub for political life and for the lucrative salt trade. It’s well worth a visit here before heading to the historic iron lighthouse.

Visit the iconic Grand Turk Lighthouse

The Grand Turk Lighthouse was built in 1852 on the northern tip of the island. Formerly lit by oil lamps, kerosene was introduced in 1943 and, finally, in 1971, electricity powered the lighthouse.

The lighthouse is still in operation and makes a great focal point for photos of the area. Climb up to the top – 30 metres above sea level – and, if you’re fortunate enough to be there in February or March, you may spot migrating whales passing by.

Play in the waters of Ambergris Cay in Grand Turk

Grand Turk has a spectacular barrier reef that is the third largest in the world. Head to Ambergris Cay and spend some time in the warm waters of the island. Kids can splash and wade in the shallow areas, while snorkellers can head further out to see the abundant marine life that lives near the reef.

Scuba divers can watch schools of colourful fish swim by, glittering in the light from the sun. And, just offshore, a 2,438-metre drop off that fades into a dark abyss makes for a dramatic sight.

To get to Grand Turk, take the short 40-minute flight from Providenciales with Air Turks & Caicos. The views from the sky are truly impressive. The dramatic barrier reef is easily visible and you can see the white stretches of beach that ring the island.

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Turks & Caicos is defined by water, which forms the focus of island social life. The warm seas that surround the islands serve as a playground to visitors and locals alike. It’s common to see locals that own their own boats here, big or small.

There are plenty of water sports to try here ranging from mild to wild, depending on your skill level. Fortunately, Turks & Caicos has lots of qualified instructors and outfitters. You can try water skiing, tubing, wake boarding, snorkelling, diving, parasailing or just swimming. In Turks & Caicos, the ocean is your playground.

Take to the seas

While city folks might gather for a backyard barbecue, Turks & Caicos residents meet up at a dock or marina to go out on the water. There are 40 islands and cays that make up Turks & Caicos, and only eight of them are inhabited.

Sailing to one of the uninhabited islands nearby is a popular pastime. Boaters come with picnic baskets and coolers. They then spend the day swimming in the turquoise waters and relaxing on virtually untouched stretches of beach. You can rent a boat, a small catamaran, a small powerboat, a sailboat or charter a yacht to get to some of these secluded spots. The world seems far away when the only sound you hear is the lapping of the waves.

Watch a model sailboat race on Middle Caicos

On Middle Caicos, model sailboats glide through the shallow waters. Created by a devoted group of model builders, the boats can range from 45 to 180 centimetres long.

Each February, island residents come out for the annual Valentine’s Day Cup model sloop races on Bambarra Beach. It’s quite a sight to see these miniatures in the lagoon all together. You can join the fun by putting your own boat into the water, or by picking your favourite vessel and cheering it on to the finish line. The event turns into a big party with plenty of food, drinks and music.

Find your balance while standup paddle boarding

One of the hottest trends in water sports is standup paddle boarding. It is considered the fastest-growing water sport in the world. The board looks like a surfboard. The rider stands in the middle and propels forward with a single paddle. It’s a low-impact, environmentally friendly way to sightsee and explore the mangroves in the area.

Places like Grace Bay are popular among paddle boarders for its calm seas, perfect for navigating. Various companies such as Kite Provo and Big Blue Unlimited offer guided eco-tours and instruction for beginner paddlers.

Make your way across the water in a kayak

As you travel down the roads of Turks & Caicos, you’ll likely see kayaks strapped on top of passing vehicles. Kayaking is a leisurely mode of transportation between cays. Using a kayak is pretty easy, and is fine for young visitors who can share a kayak, with mom or dad doing most of the paddling.

Due to the amazing clarity of the waters around the islands, it’s possible to spot fish, turtles and colourful coral just by peering over the edge of the kayak.

Try kiteboarding – it might be your new favourite watersport

When you’re in Turks & Caicos, try kiteboarding. Inspired by windsurfing, the sport has participants harnessed to a kite. The wind catches the kite and pushes the boarder over the surface of the water. You control the direction with hand movements on a bar that is attached to the kite by four or five strings.

Get a full safety briefing and lessons from a company like Big Blue Unlimited that specializes in kiteboarding. Your hotel concierge is a good source for setting up your aquatic adventure.

Calendar of events

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Windvibes Turks & Caicos Kiteboarding Tournament (January)

The most experienced kiteboarders gather each January to put their agility, speed and control to the test. You can’t miss the kiteboards out on the water – they have massive sails in every colour of the rainbow. If you’re inspired by what you see, sign up for a few beginner lessons.

Kite Flying Competition (April)

The Turks & Caicos Tourist Board throws this annual party in April to coincide with Easter. Participants fly their own homemade kites at the main event, but there’s also an Easter egg hunt, delicious food and music to up the fun factor.

The Famous Fools Regatta (June)

Every June, locals and visitors gather on the beach at Childrens' Park in the Bight on Providenciales for the grandest party in Turks & Caicos. The event is a fundraiser for a different charity each year. Come out and enjoy the maritime theme. Sandcastle-building competitions and sailing races make for some friendly rivalries and exciting results. Food, drinks and fun are also part of the mix.

Turks & Caicos Conch Festival (November)

Conch is the national food of Turks & Caicos. Each November in Providenciales, the crowds gather to pay homage to conch by partying it up in style. Sign up to be a contestant in the conch-blowing contest or conch hunt. Conch, prepared in different ways – from fritters to salads – is on hand in the tasting tent. Taste your way through conch-focused cuisine and satisfy your appetite.

Maskanoo (December)

Held shortly after Christmas, this event keeps the holiday spirit alive a bit longer with grand-scale festivities. Maskanoo showcases island life through food, arts, crafts, dance, music and live performances. The evening ends around midnight with a spectacular fireworks display on the beach.