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 your private crewed 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-round 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 for boat rentals. 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 and See in Turks and Caicos
From sandy cays, to protected wildlife sanctuaries, Turks and Caicos is home to more than 100 islands and cays. Favorites uninhabited cays like Little Water Cay or Fort George Cay are known for their beautiful, white-sand beaches. Plus, many of the islands are also revered for their wildlife viewing. French Cay is one of the best wall dive spots in the country, which regularly attracts nurse sharks and rays.
Some of the best beaches in the world
Across Turks and Caicos, you’ll find some of the Caribbean’s most striking and naturally beautiful beaches. Providenciales is a must-visit island for beaches. Here, you’ll find Long Bay Beach and Sapodilla Bay Beach, two powdery white-sand beaches, while the iconic Grace Bay Beach and Leeward Beaches are bustling outposts with plenty of amenities in the north.
Looking for some adventure? Head to the out islands, where you’ll find incredible beaches without the crowds. Pine Cay and Water Cay are home to secluded beaches that offer the best in R&R.
From biodiverse barrier reefs, teeming with reef fish, to wall reefs, Turks and Caicos has numerous snorkel sites to accommodate any skill level. Bight Reef is a favorite spot for beginners in Providenciales. At a depth of just 15 feet just off the beach, the reef is home to parrotfish, hawksbill turtle, rays and a dazzling array of sponges and corals.
Other destinations like Smith’s Reef (a network of several near-shore reefs) and the reefs around Grand Turk combine diverse terrain with an abundance of wildlife.
Divers love Turks and Caicos! The region is home an amazing range of terrain to explore. From the world’s third-largest barrier reef, to dozens of canyons, walls, cracks and chutes to explore, the diving in the area is out of this world.
West Caicos Marine National Park is a must-see dive spot. The massive protected barrier and wall reefs off of West Caicos are protected within the park, which measures nearly 1,000 acres. The park is the best place for reef diving, and the reefs are teeming with marine wildlife, including barracuda, parrotfish, and nurse shark.
The waters of Turks and Caicos are a sport fisherman’s dream. From the world-class bone fishing on the flats, to the billfishing in the open ocean, Turks and Caicos is revered for its lively fisheries. Choose your own adventure: From quiet days bottom fishing, to thrilling afternoons hunting marlin.
Turks and Caicos is one of the Caribbean’s top golf destinations, especially in Providenciales. Here, you’ll find courses like Grace Bay’s Provo Golf Club, a hidden gem that’s known for its lush fairways and nearly 3,000 palm trees. Another must-play course: 9-hole Waterloo Golf Club is a challenging 54-par course located on Grand Turk.
Spas and fine dining
Providenciales – especially around Grace Bay – is home to a stunning array of high-end restaurants, spas and shopping. Try Coco Bistro, an open-air restaurant hidden in a natural palm grove that serves local dishes. Plus, all along Grace Bay Drive, you’ll find the best spas offering mobile treatments. Enjoy a massage or treatment onboard.
History and Nature
From 18th century plantations, to underwater laboratories, get ready to explore the region’s natural and cultural history. Yankee Town, on West Caicos, is an interesting spot.
The abandoned 19th century settlement offers a glimpse back in time, while the plantations on North Caicos are must-see spots for history buffs. If you prefer the outdoors, head to the West Caicos Marine National Park, a great place to explore the natural flora and fauna.
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 yacht rentals in 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 rent a private yacht 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 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
It’s the last day of your charter and 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.
While in Turks & Caicos…
Try one (or all) of these fun activities while on your private yacht charter in Turks and Caicos.
- 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
Book Your Turks and Caicos Yacht Charter with Worldwide Boat
Explore the wind-swept beaches and uninhabited islands of Turks and Caicos on your own crewed luxury yacht charter. Contact your broker at Worldwide Boat today and book your dream Turks and Caicos charter.