Turks & Caicos

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Population: 30,000 residents
Size: 193 square miles (islands combined)
Language: English (officially an English based Creole)

Destination
For those looking to get away from it all, the Turks and Caicos Islands are spot to achieve that. Letting it all go is easy to do at any of the some 40 islands that make up Turks and Caicos. One of the premiere attractions to these islands are the powdery white sandy beaches that create a stark contrast to the incredibly turquoise waters that at times appear to glow. Located among some the of largest reefs found in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos provides crystal clear waters that are popular among water sport enthusiast or those that desire to lay along the beach and stare off into the waters. Today, Turks and Caicos is beginning to attract more visitors to its tropical paradise and continues to be largely undeveloped, however it has undergone a rapid pace of development in the past 5 years. The best kept secret of the Caribbean is by no means a reflection of the quality of the resorts you will find on the islands continuing to attract some of the most demanding travelers and celebrities to the islands world-class, five star resorts. The island’s offerings just begin at the shores with numerous land based activities that include national parks, nature preserves, and historical sites. The island of Providencials is the primary destination for travelers offering a luxury experience with a sense of cosmopolitan. There is much to see in the Turks and Caicos, and visitors will commonly find a variety of transportation options available to experience all of the islands and their offerings.

The unspoiled nature of the islands makes it a great destination for travelers interested in ecotourism.

When to go
Like most destinations in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos experiences a peak season during the months of December through April. However, as a result of their “under the radar” popularity, in is still possible to find availability on the islands even during the peak seasons. Generally there is something available to satisfy most budgets. Temperature fluctuations do occur from hot to cool season, but typically never get unbearably hot. During the winter months temperatures average around 77° Fahrenheit with temperatures near 90° Fahrenheit during the summer. The hottest days are generally between the months of August and November with an average humidity of only 35%.

It may be tempting to take advantage of off peak deals on Turks and Caicos, but be aware that the months of June to October are Hurricane season. Hurricanes can become somewhat severe due to the specific location of these islands and the lack of surrounding land masses to minimize any such storms. We do have information on hurricane travel planning strategies that would be of benefit.

Regardless of when you choose to go, you will find temperatures only cool off slightly in the evenings so summer clothes and a light jacket for cooler evenings will be all that you need.

Sun, Sand, Sea, and Shopping
turks_caicos_grand_turk_beachIts no question that the Turks and Caicos are a premiere beach lover’s paradise. Most every island you visit will have several choices to choose from, but by far the best is Grace Bay on the Providencials. Along its shore is nearly 12 miles of amenities such as water sports, restaurants, and hotels. For a more secluded experience, head over to Long Bay Beach on South Caicos. Grand Turk has a number of great choices such as Flamingo beach or the intimate beach of White Sands.
 
Diving in the Turks and Caicos is among the best in the world. With calm, clear, and year round warm waters, the area offers excellent conditions to dive or snorkel. The isles are great for both wreck and wall dives. Also popular are the shallow water that are abundant with corals and colorful marine life. The area does also attract each year the humpback whales south of Grand Turk which is a great diving sight and experience.

With all of the de-stressing going on at the beach, who has time to go shopping. Turks and Caicos do offer the traveler some choices for shopping, however they are not the focus and to the extent you will find on other Caribbean islands. Most hotels will offer their own shops, but perhaps your best choices will be at the downtown plazas in Providencials.

Dining & Nightlife
The islands dining options are numerous on the island, however your fine dining experiences continue to be many found at your higher end resorts. Much of the island operates on a casual dining experience with something that will suit every budget. It will come at no surprise to learn that the primary focus is on the freshly caught seafood of the day. If laid back is your style, you will find that the islands are full of beach front shacks and casual island establishments are plentiful and popular.

turks_caicos_sunset_treesThe nightlife on the islands is a little more subtle than found elsewhere in the Caribbean. Much of the focus is on the beach front bars and the surrounding beauty of the island…specifically at sunset when nearly all bars and restaurants will have happy hour specials. Sunsets are something special in this corner of paradise and to get a chance to sit back, sip on your favorite concoction, and watch the sun bring an end to the day is something to be sure and see every day you are there. If you ask around, you will find that there are some choices for the more active travelers with a few discos and dance bars at some of the larger establishments/hotels.