Turks and Caicos Yacht Charters
Why are Turks and Caicos yacht charters so enchanting and exciting? Turks and Caicos are an archipelago of islands and cays clustered in two groups, the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands. They comprise of seven main islands and more than 40 uninhabited islets and cays, encircled by a coral reef, protecting them from the Atlantic swell and providing calm anchorages.
This sparsely populated string of low-lying cays boasts some of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs and beaches. In fact, the sugar sand beaches of Turks and Caicos have been consistently rated as the most beautiful beaches in the world by both Conde Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor.
On a yacht charter to Turks and Caicos, you will have access to fine dining, luxurious spas, and world-class resorts as well as vast stretches of empty, pristine beaches. The surrounding waters are a playground for diving, fishing, and seeing some of the most exciting marine life up close.
Turks and Caicos Yacht Charter Highlights
- 40 islands and cays to explore
- World’s third-largest coral reef
- Incredible dive sites
- Spectacular mile long beaches
- Clear turquoise waters
Turks and Caicos Yachting Season
Turks and Caicos have pleasant weather year around with less precipitation than other Caribbean islands and an average of 350 days of sunshine per year.
Sunny, even temperatures make the islands a year-round destination. However, you should be aware that hurricane season lasts from June to November and most yachts leave the area during that time.
How to Get There
Turks and Caicos have two international airports – one on Providenciales (PLS) and one in Grand Turk (GDT). Most yacht charters start and end in Providenciales.
Things to Do & See in Turks & Caicos
There are a number of activities and things to do on Turks and Caicos yacht charters.
- Go horseback riding along the beach
- Visit the Middle Caicos Caves, the largest chain of limestone caves in the Caribbean
- See Cheshire Hall, the ruins of a former cotton plantation
- Stop at Little Water Cay, an uninhabited island that is home to Rock Iguanas
- Head to the Turk Islands Passage near Salt Cay and Grand Turk to watch the humpback whale migration taking place from January to April each year.
- Explore Providenciales’ bustling gourmet food scene
- For the ultimate indulgence, book an afternoon at one of the many spas on Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos Yacht Charter Itinerary
DAY 1: Providenciales
Known as the gateway to the Caicos Islands there is no surprise that Providenciales (or Provo), is the starting point for a foray into the Turks and Caicos. Provo is full of luxurious amenities including a golf course, casino, shopping centers and excellent restaurants. This island has some of the very best snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean so for those who like to explore the world beneath the water, it is a must-see.
DAY 2: South Caicos
Head to South Caicos, cruising around the north of the islands where the water is deeper. This is the longest passage your itinerary, taking you past many islands and cays with beautiful beaches. Spend the night on the southern end of the island, between South Caicos and Long Cay.
South Caicos offers great snorkeling and if you charter during whale migration (January to April), this is a great spot to watch these magnificent creatures. In the evening, enjoy a beach BBQ.
DAY 3: Grand Turk
Grand Turk is the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands and home to the only lighthouse in the country. One of Grand Turk’s main attractions is diving. There is an outstanding protected coral reef, which drops to 8,000 feet and is close
enough to shore for beach dives.
Spend some leisurely time strolling the streets, visiting the National Museum and enjoying the colonial spirit of this outpost where time seems to have almost stood still. During whale migrating season (January through April), you can watch the humpback whales. Take a short tender ride (1 mile or so) to Gibbs Cay where you can swim with the friendly stingrays right from the beach.
DAY 4: Salt Island
Salt Cay is the smallest and least populated island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. There are no paved roads and very few cars. You will see donkeys roaming freely all over the island – they were once used for pulling carts.
Visit the ruins at Taylor’s Hill and discover one of the most breathtaking views on the island. This is an ideal spot for whale watching during January and April when migrating humpback whales populate the azure waters of Salt Cay.
Divers can dive a 17th century British warship.
DAY 5: Big Sand Cay
The next recommended destination stop is the uninhabited island of Big Sand Cay. This small island is a designated bird sanctuary and also great for snorkeling.
Take a hike on this small Island to explore and then relax on some of the best beaches in the Islands.
DAY 6: French Cay
French Cay boasts some of the most amazing coral and marine life in the Turks and Caicos which makes it an absolute dream for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
Molasses Reef is home to what is believed to be one of the oldest shipwrecks discovered in the New World. The island is also a sanctuary for migratory birds.
DAY 7: West Caicos
Set course for West Caicos where there are many excellent dive sites off the west coast, as well as several moorings. Dive the wall, which drops off some 7000 feet, where large sea life is often seen. Topside depth range is between 40 to 90 feet, allowing diving for a wide range of divers from beginners to experts.
DAY 8: Providenciales
A short morning cruise will put you back to the south shore of Provo to get in those last few hours of playing with all the toys. If you have time before your flight back home, stroll the streets of Providenciales and do souvenir shopping of local arts and crafts.