Famous for its electric blue waters, pure soft white sand and vibrant coral reefs, the Turks and Caicos Islands are naturally exotic and beautiful. This tropical island destination offers a variety of great resorts for relaxation and vacation, and is perfect for weddings, honeymoon, romantic and remote getaways.
This British Overseas Territory, which consists of two groups of islands — the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands, comprises of a total of 40 small islands and cays, out of which only 8 are currently inhabited. It is located over 550 miles south of Miami, Florida, below the Bahamas chain, and east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti).
Most of the Turks and Caicos’ infrastructure can be found in Grand Turk and Providenciales. The latter, also known as Provo, is the most developed of the islands. It is also where the international airport (PLS) is located and majority of the population lives. Grand Turk is the Capital Island and home to a state of the art luxury cruise ship center, while most of the resorts are situated on gorgeous Grace Bay Beach.
Best Time To Go
Even sunny temperatures makes Turks and Caicos Islands, a year-round destination, however travellers should be aware that the hurricane season lasts from June – November.
There are fewer crowds during the hurricane season and hotel rates are more affordable during this period. Also, few bars and restaurants are bound to be closed for renovations.
January and February are the coldest months, with an average low of 73°F (23°C). August and September are the hottest months, with an average high of 88°F (31°C).
How To Get There
Turks and Caicos is one of the most convenient Caribbean vacation destinations to visit from Canada, Europe and the United States. There are year-round flights available from major cities including New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Toronto, and London (via Antigua).
There are also flight services from regional carriers from Jamaica, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico.
Throughout the islands there are a variety of different places to stay. Visitors can choose to be at an all inclusive, a resort suite condo, or a private villa or inn. The hotels also offer superb dining experiences.
There are taxis and scooters on the island, but the best way to move around is by renting a car, which is available at the airport and throughout the island. Like in the UK, driving is on the left hand side of the road and a car is necessary when staying in one of the villa rentals.
Tours and Activities
Turks and Caicos Islands is home to the world’s third largest barrier reef, after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef, and a premier destination for marine adventures and water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, sailing, wind sports, kayaking and more.
While visitors will not find high-rises or nightclubs, there are varieties of activities to indulge in when visiting Turks and Caicos Islands. On land, visitors will find collections of art galleries, boutiques, small casinos, the Provo Golf Club, restaurants and spas, and the 12 mile long Grace Bay beach.
Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Key Facts
- Capital: Cockburn Town
- Calling code: +1‑649
- Currency: United States Dollar
- Continent: North America (British Overseas Territory)
- Driving Side: Left
- Official Language: English
- Largest city: Providenciales
- Time zone: AST (UTC-4)
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