Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos

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Turks and Caicos may be a laid back island but there are several things that take place when the sun goes down. Bars and small night-club are the best ways the locals get out on the town and there are of course occasional beach BBQ, bonfires and sunset cruises.

Conch Bar Caves National Park: in Middle Caicos, there is a system of underground caverns covering a stretch of 24 kilometers. The caves have lagoons, stalactites and stalagmites with large families of bats.

Planetware.com reports that with the walls you will find petroglyphs (cave carvings) left by Lucayan Indians during their sacred ceremonies which were mainly held in the caves. Tour guides will give a deeper dive into the history of the caves.

Little Water Cay Tour: Iguanas used to roam the islands of Turks and Caicos, that was until cats and dogs wiped most of them out, leaving but a few which are protected 456 meters from the Providenciales on Little Cay Water (Iguana land).

You can take a cruise to the island for a sightseeing occasion. There are two trails loop about the island north and south and they give a clear view of the Iguanas with any disturbance to their habitat.

Glow worm cruise: if you are new to this British territory, then you may be thinking you really don’t want to spend your with worms. But trust us, this experience will leave you lit up.

The marine glow-worms lift from the ocean flow to light up the water with a green glow. The colour comes from the fluorescent photo-protein in the female released with its egg mass.

The visittci.com has the specifics: the event occurs a few days after a full moon and at 55 minutes after sunset. These worms create a visual phenomenon that will be imbedded in you for as long as memory allows. You will not always need to take a cruise to enjoy the Providenciales experience, because there are places from which the activity is visible off the coast.

  1. Beach BBQ Buffets and Bonfires: marinated meat on the Barbie, cool drink with two ice cubes in hand and music in the air while your feet lay in the sand. This is what you will find offered by a range of resorts throughout the year to mark holidays and special occasions like a full moon.

It also provides an opportunity to get acquainted with the local sounds from the bands that play right into the night.

  1. Casinos: If you are feeling lucky, the Casablanca Casino is open from 4pm to 4am on weekdays, Saturday included and from 7pm to 4am on Sundays.

The casino is a non-smoking place with slot machines, Blackjack and Roulette tables, and of course Poker.

Sports – Just like any people, the locals of Turks and Caicos are passionate about their sports. Football/soccer and hockey are quite the favorites of this British nation as is with most Commonwealth countries across the world.

  1. Football/soccer: the Turks and Caicos Island Nationals Team qualified for the 202 World Cup and beat the British Virgin Islands in 2014 during the Caribbean Cup qualification. The team is also a member of FIFA.
  2. Hockey: no icing rink, no heavy armoury, just a turf, shorts sticks and a hard ball. Now this is field hockey. But there is also the Provo Hockey League. The Canadians residing on the islands were not ready to give up their beloved sport, so they traded the ice for a smooth floor, the blades for wheels and yes, the armour stays on. Their game is played with a rather hard plastic puck and not one made of rubber. But who cares, the differences don’t matter. At Graceway Sports Centre, the game goes on.

Beaches

It is no secret that the water at Turks and Caicos is spectacular, so visiting the beach is at the top of the list. Here you will find a list of the six best beaches in the twin islands:

    1. Grace Bay Beach
    2. Leeward Beach
    3. Long Bay Beach
    4. Half Moon Bay
    5. Governor’s Beach
    6. North Bay Beach

Culture/Events

Turks and Caicos has taken influences from many of the countries through which it has had to interact. The Taino influence was the first stem of a rising land.

The Taino people were the first inhabitants of the islands who enjoyed a simple life. But with the arrival of the Spanish and the French explorers, who brought with them enslaved Africans, all of that changed.

The culture of the islands is a blended fusion of influences. And now being a British territory has also taken the culture for another turn.

Ripsaw music: unlike the sound you will find in majority of the islands, here you will find the local sound as ripsaw. It is exactly that. A bended handsaw played by scrapping it with a knife or nail. This came about as the African tried to recreate their home sound of “shekere” from West Africa.

Carnival: 

The Junkanoo Jump Up Festival:

It is a true Caribbean classic, celebrated across several islands in the region, but each with its own twist. In Turks and Caicos, the festival has been celebrated since the 16th century, when the enslaved Africans got the day to be with their families. Locals take to the streets until sunrise, dancing in bedazzled costumes and playing their various instruments. Described as a parade of energy, it pays homage to African music and dance.

Shopping

The Dutch side of the island St. Maarten has the nightlife of the island through its Paradise Plaza and Diamond casinos. Restaurants, clubs, and lounges that feature live dance music of the calypso beat.

Water Activities

Diving and snorkeling: Turks and Caicos has an extensive coral reef system making for clear turquoise water and a spot for divers with shipwrecks canvasing the water. Also to explore is the Columbus Passage; the 35 kilometer marine migration route that separates Turks from Caicos. Though dependent on season, you can see dolphins, reefs, whales and other marine life here.

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