Fringed with ivory beaches and a healthy barrier reef, Turks & Caicos is made up of 40 islands and tiny cays, only eight of which are inhabited. Providenciales (or Provo, for short) is the most developed, but you’re still more likely to hear the caw of a night heron than the bass blare of nightclub music. That’s just part of its relaxing appeal.  

Here are the top things to do if you’re travelling as a family.

1. Stay at Ocean Club West Resort

Photograph courtesy of Ocean Club West Resort

Kick back at Ocean Club West Resort, which offers all-suite condos (up to three bedrooms), a prime location on swimmable Grace Bay Beach and screened-in porches that make it easy for Mom and Dad to stay up past the kids’ bedtimes. Bonus: A self-guided scavenger hunt will keep little ones busy looking for geckos, mourning doves and curly-tailed lizards.

2. Take in the local wildlife

Photograph courtesy of Provo Ponies

If your visit coincides with a full moon, take a Glow Worm Tour by catamaran (offered by multiple outfitters), which offers the opportunity to witness the rare phenomenon of mating marine organisms lighting up the water in a spectacle of neon phosphorescence. Other family-friendly options include hiking Little Water Cay, a protected sanctuary for endangered rock iguanas, or horseback riding with Provo Ponies, where the gentle horses snort blissfully as they carry you in the waters of Long Bay Hills.

3. Take the kids for ice cream or to a Fish Fry

Photograph courtesy of Melt

For a midday treat, head to Melt, an ice-cream parlour and champagne bar in Regent Village Mall. And, on Thursday evenings, don’t miss the Island Fish Fry, an all-ages party featuring ripsaw music and authentic island fare. If the kids get restless, windswept Bight Children’s Park is steps away.

[A version of this story appears in the April 2015 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.]