Get Your Toes Wet at These 8 Best Turks & Caicos Family Resorts

by | May 21, 2024 | Caribbean, Destinations, Family Adventures, International

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Here are the postcard perfect scenes that await families traveling to Turks and Caicos: Reefs with technicolor sea life floating between pink and orange fans visible a hundred feet away through crystal water. Sand so white, its reflection bounces off a sapphire sky until sunset, when the warm yellow sunrays melt into the ocean. 

These are just a few of the reasons why Turks and Caicos is a popular family travel destination. This family vacation hotspot has plenty of resorts and hotels competing for a family’s attention.  There are many to choose from, depending on a family’s budget and vacation style. But which Turks and Caicos family resort is best? 

We’ve done the research and even dipped our toes in these resorts, making it easier for families to find a fit for their vacation vibe. Let’s dive into what we love most about our picks for the best Turks and Caicos family resorts. 

 

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The Somerset on Grace Bay

At The Somerset, suites range from 1 to 5 bedrooms, so there’s something for families of all sizes. While the property is located close to Grace Bay Beach, the condo-style accommodations feel private. Guests forget how close they are to the typically packed beach but in some guest rooms, they can still see the ocean! Amenities include room service, complimentary bicycles and non-motorized watersports equipment, private dining, and pre-arrival grocery shopping.

 

God's Eye, Grace Bay Beach. Best Turks and Caicos family resorts.

 

What We Love

For families looking for amenities they won’t find at every resort, The Somerset is a great choice. Enjoy family-friendly activities, including kayak, paddleboard, and sailing lessons, or swim in the infinity pool. Guests can swim in the reverse lap pool or play a game on the croquet lawn. We also love the Caicos Kids Club for kids ages 3-12 with movie nights, sandcastle building, face painting, treasure hunts, and a water relay!

 

Alexandra Resort

Looking for an all-inclusive resort? Alexandra Resort Turks and Caicos rolls the food, drinks (even alcoholic ones!), and family fun into one rate. Stay in a 1-room suite or 2-room suite, or bring some of the extended family and stay in the 4-bedroom penthouse! Guests will still have to pay for services like spa treatments, tours, diving, motorized watersports, sailboat rides, and room service. However, it includes relaxing on Alexandra Resort’s private area of Grace Bay Beach, using the pools, and access to kayaks, paddleboards, and scuba gear. 

 

Alcoholic drink being enjoyed in pool. Best Turks and Caicos family resorts.

It just isn’t vacation if I’m not in the pool with a drink in my hand – and Alexandra Resort’s swim-up bar makes that easy!
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What We Love

One of the perks of staying at Alexandra Resort is that one child under 12 stays free for each adult booked into a room! Plus, they have a swim-up bar, tons of restaurant options, and plenty of fun activities. Plan something with the kids or send them to the Kids Club while mom and dad relax. Visitors will love the amenities and restaurants at Alexandra Resort, but more is always better. All-inclusive packages include dining and amenities at Blue Haven Resort, too!

 

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Beaches Resort

Love water? Beaches Turks and Caicos is the perfect place for a family vacation! Guests at this all-inclusive resort have access to 12 miles of white sand beach and turquoise waters, 10 outdoor pools, and a 45,000-square-foot water park. Plus, 20 different restaurants and four food trucks offer cuisines from around the globe. 

 

Mother and daughter on water slides. Best Turks and Caicos family resorts.

Beaches waterpark makes it easy to keep the whole family cool in the Caribbean heat!
Photo by April Walker on Unsplash

 

What We Love

Beaches will keep the whole family entertained with indoor and outdoor activities. Play games like lawn chess, shuffleboard, volleyball, billiards, tennis, or croquet. Lounge on the beach or play at Pirate’s Island Water Park, where guests find swim-up soda bars, giant water slides, a lazy river, whirlpools, and the SurfStream simulator. Mom and Dad can also enjoy adults-only time while kids of all ages have supervised fun. Teens will enjoy movie nights, while toddlers will love the onsite Sesame Street characters! 

 

Seven Stars Resort and Spa

Seven Stars Resort and Spa is another of the best resorts for families who don’t mind the hustle and bustle of larger resorts. Two-bedroom suites are perfect for smaller families, one room with king-size accommodations and the other with two twin beds. Guests also have access to expansive balconies, full kitchens, and the option to have food from local grocery stores delivered to their room! One downside for family trips is that there is no longer a kid’s club at the resort, but the hotel can help arrange babysitting services. 

 

Caribbean food by the beach. Best Turks and Caicos family resorts.

Experience the flavors of the Caribbean oceanside! Photo by Terry Granger on Unsplash

 

What We Love

Seven Stars Resort has a heated saltwater pool, possibly one of the only ones on the island. There’s an adults-only pool and on the shallow end of the family pool, there are long, flat stairs – perfect for younger kids who are still getting comfortable with the water! Of the resorts we’ve stayed on the Turks and Caicos islands, Seven Stars had our favorite restaurant choices – enjoy farm-to-table breakfast, snacks on the terrace, or a romantic, candlelit dinner! Guests can also enjoy paddleboards, kayaks, Hobie Cats, weekly yoga classes, pickleball, basketball courts, and tennis courts – all for free. There’s also plenty to do with the resort’s location near the center of Provo, an extensive strip of restaurants and shops near Grace Bay Beach. 

 

Ambergris Cay Private Island Resort

Far from the infamous Grace Bay Beach, families can stay in one of the 17 bungalows or 8 private villas at Ambergris Cay. This 1,100-square-foot all-inclusive luxury resort has an exclusive feel far away from the crowds. Many of the bungalows have heated plunge pools and the all-inclusive package includes airport transfers from Providenciales International Airport (the main airport for Turks and Caicos) to Ambergris Cay. 

 

Scuba diving with turtle. Best Turks and Caicos family resorts.

Scuba dive with fish, rays, and turtles at Ambergris Cay. Photo by Subtle Cinematics on Unsplash

 

What We Love

Who wouldn’t love staying on their own private island? Much of the island is untouched and ready to explore, perfect since guided hikes are also included!

Guests can borrow equipment for snorkeling, paddle boarding, sailboating, and kayaking, and there’s a kid’s club for ages 4 and up! While it costs extra, incredible experiences like scuba diving, sunset cruises, private boat tours, deep sea fishing, and whale watching are also available at the resort! 

 

The Shore Club

Grace Bay Beach is often packed during warmer months. Away from the hustle and bustle, The Shore Club sits on Long Bay Beach. Stay in 1-3 bedroom spacious suites or book a private villa for larger groups, perfect for family vacations. Some complimentary amenities for all guests include non-motorized watersports equipment rentals, an extensive breakfast buffet, use of the kids club, and relaxing in four outdoor pools. 

 

Windsurfers in the ocean. Best Turks and Caicos family resorts.

Kids will love watching the colorful windsurfers on Long Bay Beach!
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What We Love

Packed beaches can be overwhelming with smaller kids or large families and The Shore Club’s location gives parents more peace of mind. It has consistent winds and shallow waters that make it a popular choice for windsurfers and kids will love watching them as they play on the beach! Guests wanting to experience Grace Bay Beach can take a complimentary shuttle to The Palms – The Shore Club’s sister resort! 

 

 

Grace Bay Club

Grace Bay Club offers spaces for every family’s needs. The hotel property includes suites, villas, and even large estates. Some accommodations have ocean-view balconies, full kitchens, outdoor grills, and plunge pools. Seven on-site restaurants offer a variety of food, and guests are near attractions like Casablanca Casino and Provo Golf Club

 

Ocean view balcony. Best Turks and Caicos family resorts.

Listen to the lapping sounds of the ocean all night and enjoy views like this with your morning coffee!
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What We Love

Children will love Kids Tow, where kids explore the outdoors and experiment, whether they are playing at the Clubhouse or on kids-only excursions. They’ll make crafts from natural items like palm bark, see the colorful ocean wildlife on snorkeling excursions, or use telescopes to look at the stars! There is also a teens club and plenty of freebies including use of the resort’s watersports equipment and bicycles, breakfast, wifi and parking, and big outdoor pools, including an infinity pool just for adults. 

 

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Windsong on the Reef

Families planning to take advantage of snorkeling in the beautiful waters surrounding Turks and Caicos will love staying at Windsong on the Reef. Within walking distance of the resort, Bight Reef, also called Coral Gardens, offers some of the best snorkeling in Provo. Spot colorful fish and rays swimming in and out of coral. Stay in suites of all sizes, or opt for a bungalow. Many of them have large rooms and ocean views! 

 

Fish swimming in the coral. Best Turks and Caicos family resorts.

Windsong on the Reef is perfect for families that love views like these!
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What We Love

Even when guests aren’t snorkeling, they can see colorful underwater life floating along in a complimentary glass bottom kayak. Or, borrow other water sports equipment, including snorkeling gear, paddleboards, or Hobie Cats. At the resort, guests can relax at the luxurious spa, use the expansive fitness center, or use the outdoor pool – one is heated and one is not. 

There aren’t as many dining options as some other resorts, but we love the oceanside dining. My partner and I were able to enjoy a meal without rushing since the sand was close enough that the kids could play once they finished eating!

 

When You Go

 

 

Getting to Turks and Caicos from Los Angeles

Turks and Caicos are a group of islands located about 600 miles south of Miami. Most people traveling to the islands land at Providenciales International Airport. Guests typically cannot find nonstop flights, so it may take 10-12 hours, depending on the number of layovers. You can book flights to Turks and Caicos with many airlines, including JetBlue, United, American Airlines, Alaska United, and Delta. 

An excellent discount site for flights (and cars, hotels) is Expedia! This is where we start our research for the best deals!

If you’d like to be in the know for exclusive discounts to fly anywhere in the world, check out Going (formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights). Their website shows current deals, and they send emails when they find crazy cheap discounts. Some can even be booked with points.

To get discounts on tours in the area, we recommend Get Your Guide or Viator (which offers 51% off last-minute tours!).

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Samantha Davis is a mom to two rambunctious boys, a pittie named Ursula, a cat named Avo-Cat-o, and a bearded dragon named Cotton-Eyed Josie. When she isn’t writing and juggling her crazy life, Samantha loves traveling with her sons, partner, and sometimes the dog, too!