Turks and Caicos are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Aside from boasting some of the best beaches and coastlines anywhere in the world, there is also plenty to see and do here on the islands. If you are looking for some low cost/free activities, here are a few suggestions to while away your stay here on the island paradise of Turks and Caicos.

Visit the Hill of the Inscriptions

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The hill of inscriptions are located on Sapodilla Hill on the Southernmost coast of Providenciales. In years gone by ships used to anchor at Sapodilla Bay to load and unload Cargo. Passengers and crew members would often inscribe names of people, ships, and dates as well as drawing symbols on the rocks in order to pass the time. Today tourists can visit the hill and see the inscriptions for themselves, some of which date back to the 1700s. There is also a local non-profit museum in Providenciales which houses some of the more portable inscribed stones that were in danger of being stolen or damaged whose chief aim is to raise money in order to help preserve the stones.

Enjoy snorkeling at Coral Gardens Reef

Coral Gardens (also known as the Bright Reef) is the ideal place for beginners to learn how to snorkel in Turks and Caicos. With its roots starting fairly close to the beach, the reef extends around 350 feet (107m) into the water. At its furthest outer reaches, the ocean depth is still only around 15-20 feet (4.5-6m) making it the ideal snorkeling site for newbies. The Bight Reef is home to a huge array of marine life and if you’re very lucky you may even come across a turtle or two. The beach is easily accessible by car and there are two adjacent accesses that lead directly to the beach where you will find parking and pedestrian paths that lead to the beach.

Watch Kiteboarders shred calm seas at Long Bay Beach

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Turks and Caicos is one of the most popular kitesurfing destinations in the world with the most famous spot for kitesurfing located right here on Providenciales’ famous Long Bay Beach, a 4km long shoreline boasting shallow, warm water all year-round and a constant Easterly trade wind that makes it a safe kitesurfing spot for all skill levels. If you don’t fancy taking to the waters yourself then you can always watch the more experienced surfers jump the waves from the safety of the shore. Kiteboarding is one of the most exciting spectator sports in the world with some pro’s able to jump to heights of 20 meters or more out of the water.

Pack a Picnic and Drive out to Spilt Rock

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On sunny days there is simply no better way to spend your time than enjoying a picnic at one of Turks and Caicos’ most popular tourist spots. A drive out to West Harbour Bluff, also known as Pirate’s cove or Split rock is a must for tourists who wish to enjoy the beautiful secluded beach and stunning rock formation that can be found here as well as exploring the small peninsula and open-faced cave. Please be aware however that if you do choose to visit West Harbour Bluff that the area is a protected site and visitors should be respectful not to cause any damage or inscribe graffiti onto any rock surface in the area. Fishing and the collection of any marine product is also prohibited.

Pack a Cooler and head out to any number of our Spectacular Beaches

Turks and Caicos is home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, boasting fine white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Grace bay beach is the largest and most famous beach on Turks and Caicos, however, there are many beautiful smaller beaches that offer an escape from the every-day hustle and bustle of crowds. There are plenty of amenities available at the main beach resorts and a vast array of water sports and marine activities are also on offer.

Spend some time with an Adorable Pup at Potcake Place

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Potcake Place is an adoption center based in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. The center’s chief aim is to reduce the number of homeless Potcake dogs living on the island which has long been a cause of concern for local residents. Potcake dogs are commonly found in several islands in the Caribbean. They are a mixed breed dog type and take their name from a local dish of congealed peas and rice. The overcooked rice that cakes to the bottom of the pot would often be fed to local dogs on the island eventually inspiring their name. Potcake Place rehouses puppies to foster homes in Turks and Caicos and North America. They also offer Tourists the opportunity to take out one of their Potcake puppies for a scenic walk along Grace Beach. This is a great chance for the puppy to enjoy crucial socialization time and experience new sights and smells whilst the tourist themselves gets to interact with one of their cute puppies. If you are interested in taking a puppy out on a walk, Daily walks are available from 10 am – 12:45, every day of the week except Sundays. The process is first-come, first-served, and the number of dogs available varies depending on the day. A beach bag with all the puppy walking essentials is also provided

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