5 Best Spots for Hiking in Turks and Caicos
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If we were to ask people about their fondest memories of Turks and Caicos vacations, most of them would include white sandy beaches, dazzling ocean waters and vibrant sunsets. But the archipelago has a lot more to offer than the standard island trio.
Hiking is a great opportunity to get some movement in, enjoy the great outdoors and explore the islands’ many scenic trails, cliffs, caves, bluffs and wetlands. Besides, Turks and Caicos hikes are a great fit for anyone, not just the more athletically inclined. The best hiking trails can be found in North and Middle Caicos, but the other islands (Providenciales, Salt Cay and South Caicos) don’t lag far behind.
What are the top Turks and Caicos hiking trails?
Before you start planning your next outdoor adventure in Turks and Caicos, you should have a good idea of what the best hiking trails are and where you can find them.
1. Crossing Place Trail
The Crossing Place Trail in Middle Caicos is by far the most widely popular hiking trail in all of Turks and Caicos. This 4.5-mile trail has a rich history dating back to the late 1700s and used to serve as the main road connecting Middle and North Caicos. The path offers fantastic coastal views and is considered by some tourists to be the highlight of their stay in Middle Caicos. The Crossing Place Trail is considered a moderately challenging route, but the stunning variety of limestone cliffs, caves and beaches along the way make it worth the effort.
2. Northwest Point Trail
The second best location for hiking in Turks and Caicos lies at the extreme north-eastern point of Providenciales. The coast is a sight to behold particularly when the ocean swell is high and tall waves crash against the shore. Along the 3-mile trail, tourists can explore the rugged marine limestone coastline (also known as ironshore), as well as many coves, beaches and wetlands. The trail is part of the Northwest Point Marine National Park, which offers over five miles of coastline and inland trails for exploration.
3. Bird Rock Trail
The only official trail located in Providenciales, the Bird Rock trail leads past dry brushlands and saline wetlands all the way to the limestone bluff overlooking the Bird Rock Cay located at the easternmost end of Providenciales.
4. Frenchman’s Creek
Along the southwest coast of Providenciales lies Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve, an area of roughly 8 square miles covering a large variety of limestone coasts, bluffs and sinkholes. Although much of the area is inaccessible, tourists can still enjoy a scenic 2-mile journey on the southern coast on the site. It’s best to start the trail at West Harbour Bluff and head eastward.
For hikers and nature enthusiasts alike, the tranquil South Caicos Island offers miles of coastal scenery. The Shark Bay – Highlands Bay Trail situated along the southeast end of the island is a great spot for hiking, beachcombing and exploring the rugged marine limestone bluffs.
Safety Tips for Hiking in Turks and Caicos
- Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Sunlight can be quite intense on the islands, so be sure to pick out appropriate clothes and wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun. As for footwear, choose shoes that are comfortable but also sturdy, as some of the coastal area is covered in ironshore (sharp black limestone).
- Hydrate yourself. Always bring enough water to consume during your hikes, so as to prevent dehydration.
- Watch where you walk. Limestone coastlines make up most of the hiking trails in Turks and Caicos. These can be filled with unmarked holes and crevices, so be careful where you step.
Turks and Caicos is a top choice for exotic vacations, destination weddings and even honeymoons. So why not make it your next favorite hiking spot, too? Whether you’re a hiking enthusiast or just a traveler looking for some fresh air and great coastal views, you should try exploring one (or all) of Turks and Caicos’ hiking trails.
After all that hiking, you’ve earned your rest. And what better place to recharge your batteries and unwind than Aqua Divina Luxury Resort in Providenciales? Find and book the best studio or villa for rent in our tranquil resort and you will also gain access to our on-site water sport facilities, free of charge.