Five Things You Never Knew You Could Do in TCI

Five Things You Never Knew You Could Do in TCI

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a Caribbean island paradise and are home to some of the best beaches in the world, but aside from this, there are plenty of other great things to see and do.

Whether you’re travelling with the family or perhaps on a romantic getaway, the islands have plenty to offer which you may never have even considered, so here are five examples put together with Beach House Turks and Caicos.

Explore a Shipwreck

The La Famille Express washed aground in 2004 after Hurricane Francis and has been left abandoned on the shores of Turks and Caicos ever since.

The ship has a fairly interesting history, initially being built as a Russian navy ship back in 1952, before winding up the possession of a local islander after getting a little too close for comfort to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

The rusted old wreckage can be visited by some of the boat tour companies on the island, allowing you climb and explore it as you please and even dive off into the water below.

Visit an Island Inhabited by Iguanas

Just a mile or so off the coast of Providenciales, you’ll find a small island which is home to a booming population of the endangered local Rock Iguana.

Unfortunately, on the inhabited islands, the local cat and dog populations wiped out the native iguanas, but they’re still thriving on Little Water Cay.

Local tours will take you to the island from Blue Haven Marina, with part of the cost going towards its ongoing conservation.

The iguanas are incredibly friendly and will be totally at ease in your presence and it makes for a great and informative day trip.

Discover Ancient Messages from Shipwrecked Sailors

At Sapodilla Hill onProvidenciales, you can find carvings in the chalk rocks and boulders with names and dates of unfortunate sailors who were stranded on the island from throughout the years.

Sailors would climb to the top of the hill to get a better vantage point to try and find rescue ships, and made a record of their names and the date in the rock faces.

The markings are slowly disappearing as the elements take their toll, but they are being preserved by the Turks & Caicos Museum, who are also trying to trace the stories of those unfortunate souls who were marooned.

Visit “The Hole”

Turks & Caicos is actually home to a couple of sinkholes, due to its limestone foundations, but the most well-known is The Hole.

The Hole is a sinkhole which measures about 50 feet across and 60 feet down, with water at the bottom.

When it rains enough and the water gets deep, apparently you can jump in, with a small opening to allow you to get out, although we wouldn’t recommend it!

In fact, you should be careful even just standing at the top of The Hole, because there are no guardrails, and the limestone surrounding it is soft and crumbly, so watch your step!

Visit the World’s Only Conch Farm

The islands are also home to the world’s only commercial farm which grows conches, one of the country’s local delicacies.

It’s a surprisingly interesting story, and you’ll learn a lot on your tour of the farm, about how the conches are cultivated throughout their life cycle, and of course, you’ll get to try some for yourself!

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