Turks & Caicos

Turks and Caicos Beach

A dream destination for everyone from avid divers and lovestruck honeymooners, Turks and Caicos is a tropical paradise ringed with white sand beaches and bathed in sunshine. It is located 575 miles in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Florida.

Although the islands themselves are small, they offer plenty of things to see and do. On every island you will find small communities, friendly people and a laid back atmosphere.

Cruise Port: Yes. Cruise lines that stop here include Costa, Holland America, Princess, Carnival, Celebrity and Seabourn.

Nearest Airport: The main airport is Providenciales International, which offers flights from many American cities including Miami, New York, Delta, Philadelphia and Boston.

Prime Attractions

  • Grace Bay - The perfect place to sip a cocktail, watch the spectacular pink and orange sunsets and go for a stroll along the beach.
  • Front Street - Stroll down this avenue filled with blooming trees, lovely colonial buildings and plenty of interesting shop and boutiques.
  • The Grand Turk Lighthouse - Located on the island’s highest peak and a great stop on a hike that takes you along the scenic clifftops to a deserted beach.

Fun Activities

  • Water Sports - The waters here are blue, clear, warm and perfect paddle boarding, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking or diving.
  • Island Tours - There are many half and full day tours around the islands.
  • Golf - Provo Golf Club boasts an 18 Hole Championship Golf Course that holds an annual Amateur Tournament.

Natural Wonders

  • Chalk Sound National Park - A gorgeous lagoon with limestone deposits separated from the ocean by a thin stretch of sand.
  • Caicos Conch Farm and Island Sea Center - The only commercial farm in the world where these pink-shelled gastropods are raised.
  • Conch Bar Caves National Park - 24 km of underground national caverns filled with bats, stalactites and stalagmites.

History and Culture

  • Cheshire Hall  - Explore the ruins of this fascinating 200-year-old cotton plantation and get a glimpse back into the rich history of Turks & Caicos.
  • Turks and Caicos National Museum - This museum offers many interesting displays from the islands’ colonial past  and prehistoric Lucayan culture.
  • Shipwreck Scuba Diving - it is estimated that there are over 1,000 shipwrecks in the waters that surround the Turks and Caicos Islands just waiting to be explored.

Cuisine (Dining Choices)

  • Anacaona (Caribbean) - This restaurant is perfect for a romantic occasion, as it overlooks Grace Bay Beach and offers an outdoor torch-lit dining area.
  • Pat’s Place (Home Cooking) - Pat serves delicious home-style island cooking on the modest porch outside of her home, including local favorite barbecued chicken with peas and rice.
  • Baci Ristorante (Italian) - A superb Italian restaurant overlooking the docks on the Turtle Cove Marina.

Travel Notes

Who is it for:

  • Honeymooners - A romantic stroll hand in hand on the beach will serve as the perfect backdrop for your love.
  • Diving Enthusiasts - The clear waters here are rich in marine life.
  • Families - Close to the US and offering plenty of fun activities, these islands are a great place for a family vacation.

Best Time to Visit Turks & Caicos: December - March

Cheapest Time to Visit Turks & Caicos: April - November

Health and safety information

  • If you’re not coming from the US, be sure to exchange your currency for US dollars before you arrive, since local banks charge high exchange fees and are often crowded.
  • The weather is hot and dry, and the sun is intense, so be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • There has been talk in recent years about a union with Canada, but this is a sore subject best avoided in conversations with the locals.

Quick Facts

  • Language: English is the official language, as Turks & Caicos is a British Overseas Territory.
  • Currency: The US Dollar
  • Electricity and outlets: US plugs are used and the electricity is 120V, 60Hz, so European visitors will want to bring 220V converters and adapters.
  • Passport and Immigration: Visitors are granted entry for 90 days with a passport.
  • Drinking Water: Local water and ice, may cause visitors problems, so stick to bottled water.
  • Time zone: GMT - 4:00 Atlantic Standard Time (One hour ahead of New York)

Interesting Facts:

  • Although most of the cars in Turks and Caicos are American style with the steering wheel on the left, the locals here like the Brits drive on the left side of the road - so be careful!
  • Geologists believe that the banks of Turks and Caicos are some of the most recently formed parts of the earth’s surface, being built by tiny coral animals called polyps.

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