Turks & Caicos has a longstanding reputation for being one of the top tourist destinations in the Caribbean, thanks to its beautiful beaches and spectacular snorkeling and diving sites. Of course, it also helps that the islands are safe, English speaking, use the US dollar, and do not require American, EU, or UK citizens to obtain a visa to visit. As a result, it is a great vacation spot for families with kids of all ages.
If you are planning a family vacation to Turks & Caicos, you will be excited to know that the islands offer a wide array of family friendly activities, which are designed to appeal to the entire family. From riding ponies to exploring the Caribbean waters from a submarine, here are five top Turks & Caicos experiences with kids.
Go horseback riding with Provo Ponies.
Anyone who has ever dreamed of riding a horse along the beach will appreciate the opportunities offered by Provo Ponies. Intended for anyone over the age of 7 (or 6 if they have been horseback riding in the past), you are not required to have any type of riding experience. Both private and group 90-minute excursions, led by trained professionals, are available. Before you head off to the beach, you will receive basic instructions on how to control the horse and you can rest assured that the horses are well trained.
When you finally head out to the beach, be prepared to be amazed by how much fun you all have, as well as how well behaved the horses are. If you feel comfortable, the horses are more than happy to go out into the crystal-clear water and swim around with you on their back. It is truly a one of a kind, unforgettable experience that both adults and kids are sure to love. It is worth noting that many families opt to take part in this activity twice because it is so much fun.
Take an up-close look at aquatic life on a semi-submarine tour.
When your children are dying to get up-close and personal with fish, green turtles, coral reef formations, and more, yet you are not quite certain they are ready for snorkeling or scuba diving, a tour on the Underwater Explorer is the answer. Accompanied by a tour guide who knows everything there is to know about life under the sea, you and your children will see tons of colorful fish, sea turtles, the occasional barracuda or stingray, and of course, the coral reefs, while sitting comfortably five feet below the water in an air conditioned cabin.
The Turtle Reef Tour is designed especially for families with young kids and includes a tour guide is informative, friendly, and entertaining. When the tour is over, you will leave with lifelong memories, plenty of great pictures and videos, and a new understanding of life under the sea. You can sure your kids will be thrilled to tell everyone they have ridden in a submarine when they return home.
Visit the Caicos Conch Farm and get an inside look at the world of conch farming.
The Caicos Conch Farm is the only commercial conch farm in the world and is an ideal place for your entire family to spend the afternoon. Conchs are a unique ocean animal that are crucial in the Caribbean, yet are quickly being depleted. During the 30-minute tour, you will learn how the Caribbean Queen Conch is cultivated on the farm, starting with the hatching of the eggs. In the last few years, they have also begun to breed fish in an effort to produce conch and fish instead of depleting natural resources. You and your family will also get to see and touch the conchs that are growing in the farm’s ponds.
Take a few hours to spend on the Caribbean Ocean watching out for humpback whales.
If you happen to visit the islands while the humpback whale is making its annual migratory trip to the Silver Banks, a mating and nursery area north of the Dominican Republic, you have to make sure you head out on the ocean to see them. (January, February, March, and April are the months to visit.) Salt Cay Divers offers daily whale watching trips during the season. As an added bonus, you have the option of snorkeling with the humpback whales, which is yet another Turks & Caicos once in a lifetime opportunity that you will always remember. Remember when you are out on the water to listen for the “singing” the humpback whales do as they communicate with each other on their journey.
Spend plenty of time enjoying the gorgeous beaches of Turks & Caicos, as well as all the opportunities for fun they offer.
It just would not be a trip to the islands without at least a few days spent at the beach. Of course, there are the traditional beach activities to participate in, including swimming, sandcastle building, beach volleyball, and floating around the ocean on an inflatable, but there are plenty more activities you may not have previously considered.
On the beaches of Turks & Caicos, you can frequently find kayaks, paddle boards, and banana boats for rent. It is also possible to rent snorkeling equipment and even sailboats, which will provide hours of fun in the water. In addition, flying kites and kite boarding are fun activities that the entire family is sure to enjoy.
It is also worth noting that there are sure to be plenty of other kids on the beach for your own children to play with. (The local children tend to be very friendly, as do other tourists.) You may want to take a ball, Frisbee, sand castle building equipment, or anything else that your child can use to strike up with a conversation and possible friendship with. Then, you and your partner can lay back, relax, and keep an eye on the kids while they play.