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Calm, azure waters. Golden beaches. Stunning coral reefs and the world's best diving. The Turks and Caicos is perfect for travelers more interested in hearing the wind rustle through Grace Bay's casuarina trees than thrumming steel drums, and for visitors more interested in seeing Bight Reef's multicolored fish and coral than fancily-costumed show girls. Watch the glowworms light up near Caicos Cays, identify wildflowers on an island hike or just take in the ocean view. The Turks and Caicos are naturally stunning.
Things to Do
Even in an archipelago known for its fabulous beaches, Grace Bay stands out for its beach -- lovers dig their toes into crystalline sand, soaking up the sun or relaxing under the shade of a casuarina tree. Smith's Reef and Bight Reef are home to the Turks and Caicos' snorkeling trails, long, fragile stretches of psychedelic coral reefs that lie just beneath the surface of the sea. Avid divers have long been drawn to these waters, and the most stunning site is the mile-high undersea Wall off Grand Turk.
Happily, the islands remain untouched by Western chain clothing stores. Instead, tropical, watercolor beach paintings, strappy leather sandals, locally-woven textiles and iridescent seashells line store shelves at boutiques and shops scattered throughout the Turks and Caicos. Look for trendy beachwear at shops near Grace Bay and other beach towns. Designer clothing and jewelry fill the shop windows at resorts near Providenciales, and art galleries are located in Provo and Grand Turk.
Nightlife and Entertainment
The best entertainment in the islands arrives at sunset. Boat cruises head to the Caicos Cays daily, but shortly after a full moon visitors see millions of glowworms light up the night on their voyage. Throughout the Turks and Caicos sunset bathes the sky and sand in orange and pink tones Grace Bay is one of the popular for romantic sunset beach strolls. If you're in the mood for a cocktail, settle into the beach chairs at the oceanfront bar, Lounge, to sip locally-made Turks Head Beer or Bamberra Rum.
Restaurants and Dining
Barefoot diners take in views of a Blue Hills beach and dig into plates of freshly-caught conch cooked to order at Da Conch Shack in downtown Provo. At Turtle Cove Magnolia Restaurant and Wine Bar sits high above the marina, overlooking the sparkling waters of Grace Bay. Toast your traveling companion with a glass of wine and dine on fresh seafood -- the seared raw tuna is a house specialty.
Enjoy a perfect Caribbean vacation with American Airlines flights to Turks and Caicos. Many consider the beaches here to have the finest sand anywhere in the world, but there are more things to do in Turks and Caicos than lounge by the water's edge if you are so inclined.
With its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life, diving and snorkeling are some of the most popular activities in Turks and Caicos. There are multiple dive sites around the islands of the Turks and Caicos, such as Northwest Point, French Cay and Grace Bay. You'll be able to view everything from black coral and tube sponges to eagle rays and dolphins.
Back on dry land, one of our favorite things to do in Turks and Caicos is bird watching. The islands here are home to a wide variety of winged wildlife, including great blue herons, flamingos, pelicans, osprey and egrets. You might also spot the rare West Indian whistling duck, which as its name implies, has a unique whistling call.
For more fun, stop by the Caicos Conch Farm, one of the more unusual activities in Turks and Caicos. It raises conchs to adulthood and you can see trained conchs and conch pearls or even (gasp) purchase fresh conch salad. If you're a history buff, be sure to visit Cheshire Hall. It was once a grand cotton plantation, but today all that remains are 200-year-old ruins that have been carefully preserved. You'll also enjoy a stop at the Grand Turk Lighthouse. It was brought piece by piece from the United Kingdom, where it was originally constructed in 1852. Today it's a protected historic site that offers an excellent vantage point for viewing whales (usually seen in February or March each year).
Super-soft sand, extraordinary diving and fascinating history, among other attributes, combine to make this a truly idyllic Caribbean getaway. American Airlines looks forward to helping you fly to Turks and Caicos so you can enjoy it all in person. Browse our flights and book your trip today.
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