Turks and Caicos is a radiantly beautiful island nation in the Caribbean, rich in natural vibrancy and outdoor allure. While it offers a luxurious range of accommodations and upscale dining opportunities, many guests travel to the islands specifically to experience the ecotourism.
Whether you’re interested in rustic adventures free from the trappings of modern technology or a day trip out to sea to admire the marine life, you can do it all on an Eco-Tour in Turks and Caicos. Amazingly, more than one-third of Turks and Caicos has been set aside for preservation. In these areas where development is not t allowed, the result is an abundance of green travel opportunities. If you’re interested in visualizing things to do in Turks and Caicos, read on for information on some of the top Eco-Tours and imagine yourself exploring the awe-inspiring natural wonders.
Beach Camping at Pine Cay
Travelers who are serious about having a green vacation should consider camping out on the stunning private island of Pine Cay. Rather than staying in a large resort, visitors can camp under the stars in large tents right on the beach with the azure waters of the Caribbean washing gently ashore. Pine Cay is regarded as one of the most pristine and undeveloped locations in all of Turks and Caicos, thanks to long empty stretches of sugar white sand, picturesque palm trees and a welcome lack of high-rise buildings or commercial businesses. And if celebrity validation is a thing that interests you, Kanye West spent a million dollars on Kim Kardashian’s birthday party on Pine Cay (although I don’t think they camped). Travellers who would rather sleep out with nature than in a resort can bring their own camping equipment or enjoy an overnight tour of the area. Camping is especially popular with birdwatchers, eyes peeled for the tri-coloured heron and pink flamingo.
Nature and History Eco-Tour
For those of us fascinated by the culture and how life on Turks and Caicos used to be (before there were thousands of tourists on the islands each year), then you may be interested in a natural history Eco-Tour. These tours focus on the older natural remains on the islands. Check out the Heart of the Islands tour with Big Blue Unlimited to blend exploration, relaxation, and culture as you tour the historical Wades’ Green cotton plantation, a limestone cave system, and sample the native cuisine. Learn how salt was collected in centuries past, how homes were built, and how visitors from around the world can work to preserve the impressive natural history of Turks and Caicos.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tours (SUP)
Stand-up paddleboards are one of the hottest trends in beach destinations, but they are also an eco-friendly way to explore the marine realm. For the more active minded eco traveler, SUPs allow you to get deep into the mangroves and cruise around the cays on a stable buoyant platform. Adventure off the beaten path into the wilderness of tidal creeks and watch for dolphins and brightly colored birds. Guests will love the view of the ocean, the fun experience, and the inevitable core workout enjoyed on a paddleboard while out at sea in Turks and Caicos.
One of the most eco-friendly ways to get around the islands of Turks and Caicos is on a bicycle. Instead of driving around in a vehicle, experience the freedom of two-wheels and the wind on your face as you take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the island’s vibrant nature. Some resorts offer complimentary bicycles and tours are available to take in scenic views and get to secret places cars can’t reach. Bike around the Flamingo Pond Nature Reserve, the breathtaking sunset views at Mudjin Harbor, or find your own secluded beach to soak up the Caribbean vibes with a picnic.
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