Ok, I suspect I won’t have to do much selling in order to convince you to head to the Turks and Caicos Islands. I’ve been so lucky to have spent a fairly considerable amount of time on the island of Providenciales over the past 18 months. As a result, I’ve totally fallen in love with this place.
Just in case you didn’t know already, the Turks and Caicos Islands are actually an archipelago of 40 islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Out of the 40, only about 8 of these islands are actually inhabited and although they are located in the Atlantic, the Turks and Caicos Islands are considered part of the Caribbean region. The most inhabited island is Providenciales with about 23,000 residents, including expats from all over the world. Although only about 570 miles from Miami, the Turks and Caicos Islands are actually a British overseas territory.
Frequently making it to the number one spot on best beaches in the world lists, its easy to see why this place is a dream holiday destination. Widely considered one of the most luxurious destinations in the world thanks to its abundance of 5-star resorts, the islands are moving with the times, starting to branch out and become noticed amongst the travelers of the world.
Becoming a stop amongst the increasingly popular Caribbean backpacker trails, the Turks and Caicos Islands are starting to see an increase in much more budget friendly accommodations such as Airbnb. Slowly but surely making these breathtaking, stunning islands accessible to all of us.
If you still need some convincing, here’s my top 3 reasons to add the Turks and Caicos Islands to your bucket list.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that the beaches in Turks and Caicos are literally award winning. Constantly making the number one spot on lists compiled by the likes of The Independent, Forbes Travel and TripAdvisor.
All the beaches here have one thing in common. Stunning white, powder soft sand and shallow, clear, warm waters. Whilst the palm tree lined beaches and heavenly turquoise hues are enough to take your breath away, Turks and Caicos beaches also offer world class diving and snorkeling with some of the most untouched coral reefs in the vicinity.
From the resort and restaurant lined Grace Bay, to the bath like waters of Leeward Beach and the authentic, local beaches and pier at Blue Hills, the beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands are truly unrivaled and by far the most perfect, serene and untouched beaches I’ve ever seen.
The Turks and Caicos Islands boast a fabulously colorful culture. Firstly, the population is actually made up of people from all over the world, but the Belongers of the island have a gorgeously eclectic background combining African, Caribbean and British heritage and traditions. English is the first language, but Spanish and French is also widely spoken.
Music, dance, art and food are all of cultural importance on the islands and have been heavily influenced over the years by the island’s proximity to other Caribbean settlements like the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Haiti. The national food is conch, which is widely served in restaurants across the island and even has its own annual festival.
It was only in the late 1980’s that Turks and Caicos started to see resorts opening, making it a viable tourist destination, and today it has an exciting future ahead of it. The many beautiful beaches on the island of Providenciales fall under the conservation of the Princess Alexander National Park, meaning these world class coastlines are protected for the enjoyment of many generations to come.
If you love the sun and you revel in the heat, then the Turks and Caicos tropical climate is sure to excite you. With constantly warm temperatures and year-round sunshine, there is no bad time to visit these paradise islands.
As in any tropical place, when it rains it pours, but this usually passes quickly and lasts for an hour or so in the afternoon before clearing up back to the notorious sunshine and blue skies you signed up for.
It’s worth noting that hurricane season runs from about June until November with most hurricanes having hit the islands around the end of August to the beginning of September. So, I guess its sensible to recommend avoiding these times if you don’t want to risk rescheduling of flights, or worse.
The beauty on the islands of Turks and Caicos is impossibly consistent. Throughout all my travels, I have never seen beaches like these before, and if you’re a wannabe mermaid like me, there is absolutely no better place to while away a few days.
You won’t regret it.
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