Turks and Caicos Ultimate Travel Guide: Insider Tips for Your Tropical Getaway


If you’re wondering where to jetset on your next tropical vacation look no further than the beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos!

The Ultimate Turks & Caicos Travel Guide

I have now visited the incredible islands of Turks and Caicos two years in a row. With that being said, I think I have a great grasp on what to do, where to eat, and what to wear on your next tropical vacation. Turks and Caicos is a stunningly beautiful island, and there is so much to see and do even though driving from one end of Providenciales to the other will take you less than an hour! Oh, and if you’re like me, a Canadian, be prepared to drive on the opposite side of the road. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it eventually! 

Turks and Caicos maps from visit TCI website

Let’s first dive into where to stay, and then cover some really fun spots that will help you plan where to eat and what to do!

Where to Stay in Turks and Caicos?

When planning a stay in the stunning archipelago of Turks and Caicos, renting a Vrbo can offer a host of benefits that enhance your vacation experience. With over 2 million Vrbo properties available worldwide, you’re sure to find a perfect match for your needs in this tropical paradise. 

Vrbo rentals in Turks and Caicos often come with breathtaking ocean views, private pools, and direct beach access, providing a luxurious and secluded getaway (You can actually filter for these options!). The comfort of a home-like setting allows you to unwind and live like a local, with amenities such as fully equipped kitchens for preparing fresh seafood meals and spacious living areas for relaxing after a day of exploring. 

Moreover, Vrbo properties can accommodate groups of all sizes, making them ideal for family vacations, romantic retreats, or group getaways. Opting for a Vrbo rental not only offers a more authentic and personalized travel experience but also provides excellent value, especially when splitting costs among multiple guests. Whether you’re seeking adventure or tranquility, a Vrbo in Turks and Caicos is a versatile and cost-effective choice for your island escape! 

The Vrbo’s We Experienced in Turks and Caicos

The Aesthetic Chalk Sound Dream

Vrbo 1: Sadly this home specifically is no longer listed on Vrbo but you can discover so many similar options by search for “Chalk Sound”. By searching Chalk Sound you are going to be little bit further away from the tourist area which adds a sense of privacy. This is great for a family who is looking to connect without any bustle. We had rented cars on the island and that made it super easy to travel around, go to excursions, grocery stops, restaurants, the Grace Bay area and more! Getting around is really simple on this island.

Canal Front Byculla Villa

Vrbo 2: FIND IT HERE: This Vrbo is for the group that loves water sports and to be in the middle of it all. This Vrbo sleeps 10 and is kitted out with a private pool, tiki bar, private boat dock with water sport equipment and more. Right on the canal you’ll wake up and feel right in the action of it all! You can also catch aquatic life like fish and turtles just out for a swim!

Villa Helios: Stunning Beachfront Villa + Concierge

Vrbo 3: FIND IT HERE: Of all of the Vrbo experiences I think I might say this one was my favourite. The place was beautiful, oceanfront and absolutely stacked with everything you will need from spices and kitchen amenities to a separate gym and all of the beachfront gear you could need.

This Vrbo is so well managed with a concierge and even has a separate living quarters downstairs. I picture this home being perfect for a full generational family to book and enjoy. I was lucky enough to be hosted in the Main bedroom and WOW the sunrise that soaks the room is energising and lovely. I loved how many people were out enjoying beach walks and out on the water. It made for an exciting stay while still being a private sanctuary all to our own!

Easy to Plan Accommodations Through Expedia

If renting a whole home isn’t your style, don’t worry—Turks and Caicos offers a wide variety of accommodation options to suit every preference. Whether you’re looking for the charm of a boutique hotel or the amenities of a larger chain, you can easily find and book your perfect stay through Expedia. From luxurious beachfront resorts to cozy, intimate hideaways, Expedia provides a wide range of choices to ensure your stay in Turks and Caicos is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. With user-friendly search filters and a variety of deals, booking your island getaway is just a few clicks away.

Where to Eat in Turks and Caicos?

Cocovan & Coco Bistro

Nestled under a canopy of palm trees, Cocovan and Coco Bistro offer a unique dining experience in the heart of Grace Bay. Cocovan, an airstream kitchen, provides a casual and fun atmosphere where you can indulge in gourmet street food, including their famous lobster tacos and truffle fries. I highly recommend the tuna tartar, duck tacos and the macaroni cheese balls!

Just steps away, Coco Bistro serves up a more upscale dining experience, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and Caribbean flavours. The romantic setting, surrounded by lush gardens, makes it a perfect spot for a special night out. Both restaurants are a testament to the culinary diversity of Turks and Caicos, offering something for every palate. It was such a delight to show our group this spot and re-experience it myself! Cocovan never misses!


coco bistro

WE at Kokomo Botanical Resort

For a truly unique dining experience, the WE Market Cafe at Kokomo Botanical Resort is a must-visit. Nestled within the lush, tropical gardens of the resort, this charming cafe offers a farm-to-table experience with a focus on fresh, organic ingredients. Some of the ingredients are even forged on property!

The menu features a variety of healthy and delicious options, from smoothie bowls and artisanal sandwiches to locally sourced seafood dishes for lunch. And for dinner WE is a mix of West meets East with delicacies representing both regions of the world.

The serene ambiance, coupled with the cafe’s commitment to sustainability, makes it a perfect spot for a relaxing breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can also host private events on their back patio or the upper deck! Because they have an open kitchen you can also request the most coveted table in the house the “chef’s table” to really have the full show.

Don’t forget to browse their market for locally made products and souvenirs to take a piece of Turks and Caicos home with you.

Omar’s Beach Hut for that Authentic Turks and Caicos Feel

For an authentic taste of island life, Omar’s Beach Hut is a must-visit spot in Turks and Caicos. Located right on the beach, this laid-back eatery offers stunning ocean views and a relaxed atmosphere. Specializing in fresh seafood, the menu boasts a variety of dishes such as conch fritters, grilled lobster, and fish tacos, all prepared with a local flair.

The hut’s open-air setting allows you to dine with your toes in the sand, enjoying the gentle sea breeze as you savour your meal. Omar’s Beach Hut is not just about the food; it’s about the experience of dining in a true island paradise and if you see him say hi to Omar himself for me!

Experience Chalk Sound at Las Brisas

Located on the picturesque Chalk Sound, Las Brisas offers a dining experience that combines breathtaking views with delicious Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisine. The restaurant’s terrace overlooks the turquoise waters of the sound, providing a serene backdrop for your meal.

The menu features a variety of fresh seafood dishes, paellas, and tapas, all prepared with a unique blend of flavours that reflect the island’s diverse culinary influences. Whether you’re enjoying a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner, Las Brisas promises an unforgettable dining experience with its stunning location and delectable cuisine.

When visiting you are more than welcome to also enjoy the pool and take a look from the upper terrace. The views of Chalk sound never get old! Plus, if you see the pontoon boat coming into dock you might be wondering how to get on board. Well leaving from Las Brisas is a 2 hour boat tour of the area for $70US. More on that later in the blog!

Dine on at the Beach at Bay Bistro

Nestled on the shores of Grace Bay Beach, Bay Bistro is a gem that offers a dining experience with unparalleled ocean views. The restaurant’s menu is a delightful mix of international and Caribbean flavours, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. From succulent seafood dishes to expertly prepared steaks, each meal is a culinary adventure.

The ambiance at Bay Bistro is both elegant and relaxed, making it an ideal spot for a special dinner or a leisurely brunch. As you dine under the stars or with the gentle lapping of waves as your backdrop, Bay Bistro ensures a memorable dining experience that captures the essence of island living. To me Bay Bistro at night is giving beach hygge vibes!

Ps. Bring an extra layer to enjoy the cozy feel of the ocean breeze comfortably.

Your Turks Caffeine Pitstop at Bean & Leaves

For coffee aficionados and those in search of a delightful breakfast or quick snack, Bean and Leaves is a must-visit spot in Turks and Caicos. This cozy café offers a wide selection of expertly brewed coffees, teas, and fresh smoothies, perfect for starting your day or for a midday pick-me-up.

Their menu also features a variety of light bites, including freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, and healthy bowls. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff make Bean and Leaves an inviting place to unwind, catch up on some reading, or simply savour the flavours of their delicious offerings. This place just gives off those good vibes!

Fun fact: If you are celebrating a birthday or something special in a Vrbo and you need a cake you can get one from Bean and Leaves!

Find Whatever You’re Hungry for on Grace Bay Drive

Grace Bay Road is the heart of the culinary scene in Turks and Caicos, offering a diverse array of dining options to suit every taste and budget. From quaint cafes and casual beachfront eateries to upscale restaurants, the choices are endless. Stroll along this bustling strip and you’ll find everything from local Caribbean cuisine to international flavours.

Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite at a charming bistro or a luxurious dining experience at the Ritz, Grace Bay Road has it all. This vibrant area is also home to many of the island’s shopping and entertainment venues, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a meal after a day of exploring or lounging on the famous Grace Bay Beach.

You can also learn more about other travellers recommendations through Open Table and the top bookings made here:

What to Do in Turks and Caicos?

Stubbs Diamond Plaza, Sibonne Road, Kingston, The Bight, Providenciales (Free entry. Cards are accepted by a few vendors, many only accept cash — $20 to park in designated parking for the Fish Fry)

Open every Thursday, from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Thursday Night Turks and Caicos Fish Fry

A must-experience event for any visitor to the islands is the Thursday night Fish Fry, held at the Bight Park in Providenciales. This lively gathering is a celebration of local culture, cuisine, and music. Here, you can indulge in a variety of freshly prepared seafood dishes, including the star of the show, the conch fritters, alongside other local favourites like grilled fish, lobster, and jerk chicken.

The atmosphere is electric, with live music, cultural performances, and dancing, making it a perfect way to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Turks and Caicos. It’s not just a meal; it’s an unforgettable island experience that brings locals and tourists together for a night of fun and festivity.


Potcake Place K9 Rescue — Walk the Potcakes and Help the Cause!

For animal lovers and those looking to give back during their vacation, a visit to Potcake Place K9 Rescue is a heartwarming and rewarding experience. Located in Providenciales, this non-profit organization is dedicated to reducing the potcake population on the island through adoption, education, and spay/neuter programs.

Volunteers can spend time walking and socializing with the adorable potcake puppies, helping them prepare for their forever homes. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the local efforts to care for these animals and to contribute to a worthy cause. Whether you’re looking to adopt a furry friend or simply want to support their mission, Potcake Place K9 Rescue welcomes visitors and donations to help continue their important work.

Island Adventures TCI – Clear Kayak Eco Adventures Turks and Caicos

For an unforgettable nature experience, embark on a Clear Kayak Eco Adventure with Island Adventures TCI. Glide through the serene mangrove channels of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve in a transparent kayak, offering a unique perspective of the underwater world below.

As you paddle to Mangrove Cay, keep an eye out for the diverse marine life that calls this area home, including hawksbill turtles, stingrays, baby sharks, and a variety of colourful fish and birdlife. These eco-tours are suitable for most ages and are a fantastic way to explore the natural beauty of Turks and Caicos while respecting its delicate ecosystems.

For those looking to capture the magic of their adventure, Island Adventures TCI also offers clear kayak drone photo shoots at some of Providenciales’ most stunning beaches. This is a perfect way to immortalize the breathtaking scenery and your special moments in the crystal-clear waters of the Turks and Caicos.

Provo Ponies – Ride in Turks and Caicos

One of the most enchanting experiences in Turks and Caicos is a horseback ride with Provo Ponies. This small, friendly stable on Providenciales welcomes riders of all levels, from beginners to experienced equestrians, and offers a unique opportunity to explore the island’s stunning landscapes on horseback.

The highlight of the tour is a serene ride along the shores of Long Bay Beach, where you can even take your horse for a gentle stroll through the shallow, crystal-clear waters. Which they LOVE! It is so adorable to hear them have fun and cool off in the water especially during the warmer months.

Provo Ponies started as a rescue operation and has a heartwarming backstory of rehabilitation and care for its horses, ponies, and donkeys. Whether you’re looking for a romantic activity or an unforgettable family adventure, a ride with Provo Ponies is a must-do. Be sure to book in advance, as their popular tours fill up quickly, especially during the high season. (Seriously… book in advance DO NOT WAIT!)

Pontoon Cruise on Chalk Sound

Remember I had mentioned a pontoon experience leaving from Las Brisas! Well here it is…

For a tranquil yet adventurous experience, consider booking a Pontoon Cruise through Las Brisas, which offers both mid-day and sunset cruises of the stunning Chalk Sound National Park. The mid-day cruise invites you to explore the beauty of Chalk Sound, including snorkelling at a vibrant coral reef, visiting a sunken plane, greeting friendly iguanas on an island, and discovering a captivating blue hole. With unlimited water and refreshments, plus a beer per adult, this cruise ensures your comfort as you take in the sights.

Alternatively, the sunset cruise offers a serene journey down Chalk Sound, providing a front-row seat to one of the most breathtaking sunsets you’ll ever witness. Each cruise lasts approximately two hours and includes snorkel equipment at no extra cost, making it a perfect way to experience the natural beauty of Turks and Caicos. Priced at $70 plus a 12% government tax per person, it’s an intimate experience for groups ranging from two to twelve people, promising a memorable part of your island adventure.

Shopping in Turks and Caicos

For those looking to bring a piece of the islands back home or to find the perfect vacation wear, Turks and Caicos offers a variety of shopping options. The Regent Village and Saltmills Plaza in Grace Bay are popular spots where you can find a wide range of boutiques and shops selling everything from designer beachwear to locally made crafts and jewellery.

For authentic souvenirs, visit the local markets or shops like FOTTAC (Flavours of the Turks and Caicos) and the Turk’s Head Brewery, where you can pick up unique island spices, sauces, and the famous Bambarra rum.

For handcrafted gifts, Anna’s Art Gallery and Making Waves Art Studio offer beautiful art pieces and pottery created by local artists. Whether you’re looking for stylish resort wear or a special memento, Turks and Caicos’ shopping scene has something for everyone.

What I Wore in Turks & Caicos

Shop all of my outfits on my LTK and learn more about other vacation outfits on the blog here

When packing for your trip to Turks and Caicos, think light, breathable, and comfortable (and colourful!!!). The island’s tropical climate calls for clothing that can keep you cool and comfortable under the sun and when night falls. Here are some essentials to include in your suitcase:

  • Beachwear: Swimsuits are a must for enjoying the pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Bring a couple of options for swimming, snorkelling, or lounging by the pool. Cover-ups, like sarongs or kaftans, are perfect for transitioning from the beach to a casual lunch.
  • Light Clothing: Pack lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Sundresses, shorts, and short-sleeved shirts are ideal for daytime exploring or shopping.
  • Evening Attire: While the dress code in Turks and Caicos is generally casual, some upscale restaurants and bars may require smarter attire. For ladies, a flowy maxi dress, matching linen set or a chic jumpsuit paired with sandals can be perfect, while men can opt for linen pants or chinos with a collared shirt with absolutely fit the bill.
  • Footwear: Comfortable sandals or flip-flops are essential for the beach and casual outings. If you plan on hiking or exploring rough terrains, bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes or water shoes.
  • Sun Protection: Don’t forget to pack a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection, and plenty of sunscreen to shield yourself from the strong Caribbean sun. You’re likely going to be squinting with out a great pair of polarised sunnies so make sure you have those ready at all times.
  • Accessories: A lightweight beach bag or backpack is handy for carrying your essentials, and a reusable water bottle will keep you hydrated throughout the day. If you’re planning on snorkeling, you might also want to bring your own gear. However if you don’t have enough room in your suitcase don’t fret because the tours are always prepared!

*Don’t see what you’re looking for yet? Shop all of my outfits always over on my LTK here

By packing these essentials, you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy everything Turks and Caicos has to offer, from its stunning beaches to its vibrant nightlife, in comfort and style!

Why you should give Turks and Caicos a try

If I haven’t convinced you yet let me give it one more try. Turks and Caicos is a vibrant island full of kind locals, break-taking scenes, crystal blue waters, impeccable weather and all the amenities you will need to enjoy on vacation. I can’t rave about the island enough because it is small enough to get to know and big enough to explore new adventures. I am so grateful to the Vrbo team for bringing me along for this adventure. If you want to learn more about the Vrbo’s we stayed at check out our Breakfast Television segments below!

Thanks for coming along with me!

Amanda xo

Breakfast Television Vrbo Segments in Turks and Caicos

Segment 1: Vrbo in Chalk Sound:

Segment 2: Vrbo on the Canal:

Segment 3: Vrbo on Long Beach Bay:


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