One of the best kept ‘secrets’ of the Caribbean, the stunning, secluded Turks and Caicos islands remain remarkably untouched by mankind. Home to hidden beaches, beautiful wildlife and amazing scenery, this destination is said to be one of the last remaining tropical paradises on earth. Consisting of two island groups, each is surrounded by the third largest coral reef in the world, Turks and Caicos is also a haven for all forms of marine life. Proving wonderful sailing opportunities due to its soft trade winds and favourable weather, it is rapidly becoming a leading superyacht destination while retaining its unique charm. The ideal cruising playground, we share three reasons why you should consider booking a Turks and Caicos yacht charter.
World-Class Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
Providing seemingly endless snorkelling and diving opportunities, the Turks and Caicos Islands are home to more than a thousand wrecks, as well as magnificent coral reefs. As most of the islands are situated on a plateau which is 7,000 feet above the ocean’s floor, there are also several drops, canyons and walls to explore. Try your hand at wreck diving by Providenciales, which boasts several fascinating sites or swim along with the sand chutes and canyons on the south side of the islands. The island of Grand Turk is renowned for its magnificent scuba diving spots, where you can see various underwater species from angelfish, parrotfish and sharks to sea turtles. Open to divers of all levels, a Turks and Caicos yacht charter ensures you can tailor each expedition exactly to your liking.
Rich Historical Past
History enthusiasts are sure to be captivated by the diverse history these salt producing islands offer. As salt was a valuable commodity during the early 1700s, three islands in the region Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay, were used for the production of salt by the British Colonials. Immerse yourself in the islands’ past by visiting sites like the lighthouse on Grand Turk Island, the colonial Harriott White House and the Grand Turk Salt Salinas, key remnants of the salt production industry. On Salt Cay, you can see where the inlets that connect the salinas to the ocean were built and visit the Dunscombe Point Millworks’ property, where you can see the remains of the old stone mill and a small lagoon.
Providenciales, also known as Provo to the locals, is the buzzing capital of Turks and Caicos. Known for its extensive offering of world-class restaurants, cafes and bars, the city provides everything from fresh, local seafood dishes to international cuisine. Sample some of the freshest and succulent lobster at Grace’s Cottage or dine by the ocean at the Infiniti Restaurant and Raw Bar, where you can try seafood specialities like the mahi-mahi carpaccio. Be sure to head over to North Caicos, home to the world’s only conch farm, to learn all the industry while sampling some legendary local dishes, such as conch soup.
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