You might think it is part of the Bahamas but in fact it is not. Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean is a British Overseas Territory and is just one of the many islands in the region that tourists from around the world aim to be when trying to escape the toils of their daily lives. As a popular holiday destination, rest assured that you will find only world class hotels and restaurants to cater to your dream vacation needs and only the best services.
Just a short distance away, lying south-east of Miami, below the Bahamas, are the 40 islands and cays known as Turks and Caicos. Surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, it shares the radiant rays of an invigorating sun with its neighbours, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. If you always wondered what island life was like, you could ask any one of the 30,000 people who inhabit the islands as the questions you have may come as no surprise to them as they entertain over 200,000 tourists annually.
The climate in the area is consistent at the setting of “hot”, so if you can’t take the heat, you might want to consider choosing another island vacation! The average temperature between June and October is anywhere from 29 to 32 degrees Celsius and during the peak summer months, the mercury can reach upwards of 35 degrees. During the remaining months, the average remains in the 27 to 29 degrees range. Your only reprieve from this perfect beach weather is to dive right into the aquamarine waters to cool yourself off to a comfortable 23 to 26 degrees and let the trade winds blow against your skin to give you that extra cooling sensation. So, it is worth the reminder that any trip to Turks and Caicos will require copious amounts of sunscreen!
There are eight main islands (and only these eight are inhabited). Providenciales is the fourth largest followed by Grand Turk in sixth place. Flights to Turks and Caicos will land at Grand Turk Island Airport or at the Providenciales International Airport. Most flights from the U.K., the U.S. and Canada land in Providenciales. These islands are also a stop-over for some cruise line tours, often arriving in Grand Turk.
To get around, you can take taxis, some of which can be hired as personal tour guides, or rent a car and drive yourself around. On some of the islands you may also have the choice of renting scooters or jeeps which may make touring much more fun.
The islands of Turks and Caicos are your playground. Whether you choose to spend an entire day or week just at the beaches or you find some on-land adventures, you won’t have time to be bored and you’ll wish sleeping was not a necessity! Did you know there was such a thing as a conch farm? Find out what that is all about at the world’s only conch farm located on Providenciales Island. Take a tour of some of the wildlife with bird-watching activities. For more traditional sight-seeing, make time to see the 200-year old ruins of a cotton plantation at Cheshire Hall.
If you can’t be taken away from water activities, there is always snorkeling, diving and taking a guided swim among the stingrays. Jump onto any number of boat excursions or go on a true adventure and enjoy a clear bottom kayaking experience allowing you to see the marine life below and top that off with an eco-adventure walk.
These are just a few of the myriad of tours and activities offered and if you return from a trip to the islands feeling a sense of disappointment, it will only be the result of not having had more time to spend playing there!