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Family Vacations in Turks and Caicos

Families visiting Turks and Caicos will find endless possibilities for fun and excitement. The natural environment provides plenty of opportunities for exploration and physical activity, and family-friendly tour companies and restaurants have something to offer all ages. There are numerous beaches with calm, shallow waters, and there are no poisonous snakes or insects here, so it’s the ideal destination for families with both younger and older children.

Keeping the Entire Family Entertained in Turks and Caicos

One of the great things about Turks and Caicos is that there are activities the whole family can do together. Whether you have young children or teenagers, you can find fun things to do that will keep kids entertained for hours on end and give you some quality time together.

Horseback Riding 

Horseback riding along the beach is one of the quintessential Turks and Caicos activities. Companies like Provo Ponies can set the whole family up with friendly ponies for horseback rides. Rides take place along the white sand of Long Bay Beach and even through the water. The tours include safety equipment and guides.

Snorkeling 

The calm waters surrounding Providenciales are teeming with marine life, which makes them perfect for snorkeling. Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef are popular with families because you can access them directly from the beach. Both reefs have an abundance of sea creatures including sea turtles, eagle rays, parrotfish, and seahorses.

Boat Trips to Remote Islands 

A boat trip is a fun day out for the entire family. As well as a great way to see more of Turks and Caicos. Big Blue Unlimited and Island Vibes both offer family-friendly boat charters. Trips include exploring deserted beaches, snorkeling, food and drinks. You can also customize your trip with a beach BBQ or your preferred water sports.

Eco Tours 

Eco tours are unique excursions that involve kayaking through mangrove forests to see interesting wildlife and pristine nature. Kids can learn about the geography of the islands. As well as see interesting animals above and below the water like iguanas, nurse sharks, and seabirds. 

Keeping Kids Entertained at a Private Villa

Your private villa also offers plenty of activities for little ones. In fact, Triton Luxury Villa is perfectly set up for families. The villa is equipt with toys for young children, as well as a crib and highchair for an infant. Two bedrooms on the lower level are ideal for families with small children. We can also rent bouncy castles and outdoor play toys for children of various ages.

Activities at Triton range from indoor fun like art classes to outdoor play sessions on the villa’s lawn area. The villa can arrange swimming lessons with instructors in the pool. As well as tennis camps with instructors who will come to the villa for private lessons. For older kids, kayaking, kiteboarding, and paddleboarding lessons are available right on Long Bay Beach. Guests can also go on bike riding trips around the Long Bay area.

Family-friendly Cuisine

Another enjoyable aspect of staying in a private villa is that your chef will prepare meals that appeal to everyone. Triton’s resident chef has a great deal of experience cooking healthy and delicious meals that kids love. You can also plan a cookie making class with our concierge. Dining out is an option, as there are many restaurants that cater to little ones. Favorites are Turkberry for frozen yogurt and Da Conch Shack for ribs, chicken, steak and more.

What to Pack on a Family Vacation to Turks and Caicos?

  • Reef Safe Sunscreen — Although you might not feel the heat because of the trade winds from Long Bay Beach, it can quickly catch up when spending time outside. We encourage our guests to use Reef Safe sunscreen when snorkeling to protect the island’s beautiful reefs.
  • Lip balm with sunscreen — When it comes to sun protection, lips are often neglected, but they get just as much sun as the rest of the face. A lip balm with SPF can prevent burns and chapped, peeling lips.
  • Hats or visors — Sun protection for the head is key for preventing burns and sun strokes, especially on outdoor excursions like boat trips and horseback rides.
  • Rash guards — If you plan to enjoy water sports, a rash guard is great for protecting adults and kids from sunburns and abrasions.
  • Aloe or after-sun cream — Sunburns can happen even with the best intentions. Aloe gel or after-sun cream hydrates and soothes sore sunburnt skin. 
  • Bug spray — Triton doesn’t have issues with mosquitos because of the consistent winds, but you might encounter these pesky bugs elsewhere on the island, especially at dusk and dawn and whilst spending time inland.
  • Packaged snacks for kids — The grocery stores on Providenciales have popular kid-approved snacks, but there is a limited selection of brands. If your kids are picky or not keen on trying new foods, you may want to bring some of their favorite snacks from home.
  • Diapers and baby care items — There are limited baby care brands available on Providenciales, so it’s best to bring a supply if you care about the brand you use.
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Water Sports in Turks and Caicos: Our Top 10

Water Sports in Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by vast expanses of clear turquoise water, which means there are endless opportunities for exciting water sports. Whether you like gliding across the surface of the water by board or by boat, exploring the depths, or zipping around with the help of a motorised vessel or device, there is a water sport in Turks and Caicos for you. 

Kiteboarding

Turks and Caicos is a renowned kiteboarding destination because the winds are consistent and the water is relatively calm. Long Bay Beach is the most popular kiteboarding spot on Providenciales. Here you can spend hours flying across the waves just off the white sand beach. 

Kayaking

Kayaking is a great way to see the islands from a different perspective and get some exercise. A kayak can go where many motorised boats can’t, so you can explore hidden channels and waterways through the wetlands. Along the way you might catch sight of wildlife like turtles, lemon sharks, iguanas and pelicans.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP Boarding)

Another excellent way to see spots that you might not have access to on a boat is with a stand up paddle board. As you skim the surface of the water, you’ll have great views of all the action going on above and below the water. You can rent stand up paddle boards and oars and take lessons at Long Bay Beach and Grace Bay Beach.

Subwinging

Subwinging is a relatively new water sport in Turks and Caicos that’s gaining popularity fast. A subwinger uses a small winged board that is attached by cords to a boat. As the boat moves slowly through the water, the rider is pulled along behind and can use the swivelling wings to move from side to side and dive up and down.

 

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Sea Scooters

If you love snorkelling but want to be able to cover more of the ocean floor in faster time, a sea scooter is the answer. These hand-held devices propel you through the water quickly and efficiently and help save energy. Many sea scooter rental companies also offer guided sea scooter tours. One of the newest water sports to Turks and Caicos.

 

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Flyboarding

Soar high above the water on a jet-powered pack during an adrenaline-pumping flyboarding session. A flyboard is a hoverboard that you strap to your feet with a hose attached that diverts water from a jet ski engine to propel you into the air. Many flyboarding companies can set you up with a session on the water right in front of Triton Luxury Villa.

Freediving

There is something truly serene about being completely free underwater without equipment holding you back or making noise. Freediving involves holding your breath and diving deep to experience the underwater world in a natural state. With a bit of practice, you can get to depths of 35 to 60 feet. 

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding, also called Wake Surfing, can be a bit challenging to learn at first, but once you get the hang of it, nothing beats the adrenaline rush of speeding across the water at a high clip and catching air on the waves. There are plenty of wakeboard instructors on Providenciales who can show you the ropes and teach experienced riders new tricks.

Scuba Diving

With crystal clear waters, a huge barrier reef and numerous underwater walls and plateaus, it’s no wonder Turks and Caicos is renowned for its scuba diving. You’re guaranteed to see a plethora of marine life on a Turks and Caicos scuba diving trip from colourful coral and sea fans to fascinating lionfish, manta rays, turtles and sharks.

Horseback Riding on Long Bay Beach

Long Bay Beach is a prime destination for horseback riding because the beach is long and wide and the water is shallow, so the horses can meander across the sand and wade through the gentle waves. The best time to go horseback riding is in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is not too hot.