Childhood is a time of wonder and discovery. Traveling with your children to the Turks and Caicos will create memories that will last a lifetime and the activities you experience together will bond you even closer as a family. There are many fantastic offerings for a child in the Turks and Caicos, but the following 5 activities simply should NOT be missed:
1. Caicos Conch Farm - Learn about the life cycle of the Caribbean Queen Conch from egg hatching, to growth, to metamorphoses, to harvesting at the world's first and only commercial conch farm. Conch, as you may recall, is the Islands' unofficial mascot and primary export. Many delicious Caribbean dishes, such as conch salad, conch fritters, cracked conch and curried conch make use of this delectable mollusk. Children will delight in meeting two live conch snails, Sally & Jerry.
2. Sapodilla Bay - Sapodilla Bay is a calm and secluded beach that is perfect for children. The glistening turquoise waters in this sheltered cove are shallow and tranquil, with no strong currents or other hidden dangers. As such, small children will delight in swimming and splashing around in the crystal-clear waters, and older children will enjoy the rock carvings that date back to the 1700 and 1800s. The Sapodilla Bay Hill Rock Carvings bear intricate names, pictures and designs and were carved by shipwrecked sailors as they waited for rescue ships to pass by the islands.
3. JoJo the Dolphin - Have you ever heard of a dolphin that has its own webpage? Indeed, JoJo the dolphin is a bit of a celebrity down here in the Turks…..an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin that willingly plays and engages with humans in his own habitat, JoJo is no less than a rare and magical creature. JoJo can be seen shuttling around the Grace Bay area, as well as Pine Cay and Coral Gardens Reef. Indeed, by taking a dip in the sparkling turquoise waters, you have an excellent chance of meeting and interacting with JoJo. Be sure and bring your camera to document this truly enchanting experience!
4. Coral Gardens Reef - The Turks and Caicos Islands has long been considered one of the Top 10 diving sites in the world due to
crystal clear visibility, gentle seas, clean, temperate water and an abundance of colorful, healthy coral, fish, shellfish and other rare and exotic marine life. Small children can choose snorkeling with a parent, while children 8+ can choose SNUBA at Coral Gardens. SNUBA is an activity that allows a child to dive deeper than the 20 ft. allowed while snorkeling, and a mesmerizing underwater world awaits during such an activity. Coral Gardens offers a diverse and abundant mixture of sea life, including yellowtail snappers, lion fish, barracudas, jolt head porgies, sand-sifting mojarras, turtles, stingrays, starfish, sea urchins and lobsters.
5. Gibb’s Cay - One of the best kept secrets down in the Turks and Caicos, Gibb’s Cay is a small, uninhabited island that makes for an excellent day trip. Located just a small ways off of Grand Turk, visitors can enjoy beach combing, hiking, or laying out in the warm
sun. The biggest draw, however, are the stingrays. Gibb’s Cay is a haven for stingrays and children can pet and interact with these
gentle creatures at their leisure. In addition to the above 5 activities, children can enjoy an underwater mermaid submarine tour, a nighttime glowworm tour, banana boating in the waters off of Grace Bay Beach or eating while the sharks swim ‘round at Sharkbites.
Indeed the Turks and Caicos offers an incredible array of interesting actives for your little one, thus making this sublime island chain a rising favorite amongst families all over the world.