Sublime sunsets, flopping fresh seafood, snorkeling a pristine coral reef. Every Caribbean island has its unique appeal and when it comes to capturing shades of blue (with your camera, at least), few island destinations can compete with the Turks and Caicos and the layered mix of turquoise, sapphire and azure waters that surround these special islands.
On my first day in Providenciales with my young niece, I’m surprised when she asks me if I have any little glass bottles she can use for a project. So I ask her what she has in mind.
“I want to bring home all the different colors of blue in the water for my sisters to see,” she explains.
We can’t do that, of course, but our aunt-niece vacation unfolds with watery fun all around and golden sunsets to sew up each night.
One evening, a few days after the full moon, I surprise my niece with an incredible natural phenomenon that’s even better than bottling up the colors of the Caribbean. We board a catamaran cruise to Caicos Banks, south of Providenciales, to watch the glowing luminescence of marine worms in the water whose mating ritual cause the sea to glow green during a select few nights each month.
She’s in awe and I am, too. And while we can’t bottle up the magical hues of green to bring back with us, we’ve got memories for life to carry home from an amazing vacation in the islands.
Turks and Caicos, you see, is made for family fun. Read on for the best family resorts to base your gang—then choose your own unforgettable island adventure.