Travelling with younger kids always poses a number of questions when visiting a new place.
Will they have the right food?
Travel with the car seat?
Are there things for the kids to do?
Most resorts tend to be family friendly and make traveling with young children easy. Whether they need a crib, high chair, or rollaway, they’re typically provided complimentary. We also arrange for car seats for the little ones.
Supermarkets for Planning Family Meals
Many resorts on Providenciales feature suites with well-equipped kitchens (we’re talking fridge, stove, pots, pans, cutlery, dishes, washer and dryer). This allows families to keep costs under control while on vacation.
Graceway IGA is located approximately a 15 minute drive from the main Grace Bay area in central Providenciales. Graceway Gourmet is another supermarket located in the heart of the downtown Grace Bay area. Both of these supermarkets are well stocked with many items you would find at home. While Graceway Gourmet stocks an assortment of gluten free products, if there is something very specific you are interested in, it may be wise to bring it along since products change frequently in the stores.
Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Turks and Caicos? Most definitely.
There are many child friendly restaurants. Seven Stars Resort, Mango Reef and Hemmingways for example all offer kid favorites such as Grilled Cheese, Pasta, Mini Pizzas for a reasonable price.
Kids also love heading to da Conch Shack and Bugaloo’s which are true island restaurants with delicious local island bites, mom and dad sip on a cold beverage while the little ones plan in the surf and watch the guys knock the conch meat out of their shells to get ready for the kitchen.
But are there things for Kids to Do Here?
There’s no shortage of ways to entertain the kids and the entire family – even if all you want to do is just hang out on the beach and look for that perfect shell to bring home.
Most resorts offer a variety of kids activities such as watersports and beach toys, shallow water pools, games, movies, bikes.
Resort Swimming Pools & Kids Clubs
While you may want to hit the beach as soon as you arrive, your little one may prefer the pool. There are a few properties that stand out to have very children friendly swimming pools. West Bay Club for example has a pool that gradually slopes towards t he deeper water offering a large area of shallow water for pre-swimmers and toddlers to play in. In fact many resorts in Turks and Caicos offer a kids club including Seven Stars, Grace Bay Club,Somerset on Grace Bay, The Palms Turks and Caicos and many more. Camps include indoor organized activities and also some beach time and outside fun and games. Parents won’t have to worry about feeling guilty since the kids will have a chance to make friends on vacation, keep busy while having fun and will be in the capable hands of child care professionals.
Tip: If there’s a need for Babysitters and/or Nanny Services, they can typically be arranged at the front desk of the resorts and villas when you get to the island, but we also have we have also a group of fully-trained, loving and professional nannies available for families. Nannies have years of experience as teachers, mothers, child care providers, or camp counselors and most have degrees in early childhood education. All nannies have been hand-selected and have successfully completed customized training courses that teaches first aid and CPR specific to children and infants, Nannies come equipped to play and entertain the kids and are familiar with all of our partnered hotels and private villas.
Organised Kids Camps
CUSTOM Kids Camps – a great option if staying at a villa
Equipped with lifeguards, camp counselors, swim instructors, dive instructors, boat captains and more, it’s all about creative fun and adventure.
- Arts & Crafts: Seashell Jewelery making, sea shore mobiles, paperbag travel journals
- Watersports & Active Play: Island beach hunt, SCUBA lessons/SASY, kayaking & SUP lessons, swim lessons
- Drama, Music & Dance: Play/dance production and performance, treasure hunt, visit from Mermaid Bella, steel pan lessons, art lessons
- Teamwork & Family: Family Island “Survivor” style games and watersports, PaddleFit Family challenges
- Caribbean Cooking with the Chef
- Evening program with astronomy lesson & campfire, paperbag lantern craft, scavenger hunt
For kids 9-15, consider a number of exciting “Teen X-Treme” excursions and eco-based adventures. Program outlines are ever-changing, always evolving, and busiest over the summer and school holidays. Daily and weekly rates are available but you must register in advance to confirm a space as the camps have very limited spacing due to their popularity.
Summer Camp in Turks & Caicos instead of back home: Every July and August, consider having kids join a dedicated SEA CAMP that includes:
- Overnight camping trips to the neighboring islands
- Comprehensive scuba program and certification
- Kiteboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, standup paddleboarding and intro to paddlesurf
- Wakeboard and waterski coaching
- Marine studies and conservation initiatives such a turtle tagging, reef houses and underwater beach clean ups
- Yoga & Fitness
- Waterman training including lifeguarding, open water swimming, surf rescues and first aid certs
As you can see, this is fun stuff! And educational at the same time.
Kids Activities on Providenciales
See the Mermaids in a Semi-Submarine
The semi submarine experience is something every child would love. The adventure starts in the Turtle Cove Marina and then heads over to the Princess Alexandra National Park to see massive and magnificent coral reefs.
Tour guide will point out types of fishes and other sea creatures and you’ll be entertained with trivia and a fun and quirky lesson on Turks and Caicos marine life.
Horseback Riding – on and in the water
Horseback riding is an exhilarating experience and perfect for families with children. Whether the riders are beginners or experienced they will enjoy a beachside ride on the beautiful Long Bay beach. Reserve this in advance as spaces usually fill quickly!
Play with a puppy for the day, or take one home! Click the play button below (wait for the intro to finish, then watch the CNN Traveler video report)
Puppies and paradise… the combination is almost too much.
This is absolutely one of the most interesting experiences that a pet-friendly family can have. Right in the heart of the downtown Grace Bay area, families can visit the puppies, take one out to the beach for a few hours, and even sign up to foster and take one home. Read more about Potcake Place here.
Half Day Cruise out on the water, pull up on a deserted beach and let them run wild!
The entire family will enjoy a half day on the water snorkeling, stopping off at small cays to search for sea shells and sand dollars and beach combing. Some excursions take you to Iguana Island which is an island sanctuary for the endangered Rock Iguana or take you to a shallow spot to find conch and prepare conch salad on board.
If you’re lucky you may spot dolphins in the clear waters. A fishing trip or an eco-kayak excursion is also a way for the family to bond and spend quality time together on the water.
Capture the special moments
A family photo-shoot should definitely be on the to do list too. When you arrive, it won’t be long before you’re in awe of the natural beauty of the place. There’s so many beautiful locations that will provide you with the perfect souvenir to take home (Idea: a unique luxury hand made coffee table album or maybe some large metal prints).
A photo session on location at the amazing turquoise waters of the world’s best beach in truly the ultimate gift for you and your family that will last long after the vacation is over. Photo shoots are also easy and fun, they can last for just an hour at your resort’s beachfront area, or you can opt to go around the islands on a sight seeing tour (being photographed in different spots), or even go out on a private boat.
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The good news, is that you can rely on our boots-on-the-ground team to pull it all together for you. Call, chat or email with one of our travel designers for more information on these and other options for family friendly fun in Turks & Caicos!