The Turks and Caicos Islands are a bit of a hidden gem in the Caribbean! They are a favourite with celebrities and Providenciales has one of the best beaches in the world, yet it never feels crowded and you can always find a peaceful strip of beach to relax on.
So what do you need to know about Turks and Caicos if you’re thinking about visiting yourself? We’re here to tell you everything you need to know.
Flights from London only take around 12 hours with one stopover, and the official language is English which means you won’t need to learn lots of useful phrases before you jet off.
The currency used is USD, and the timezone is 4 hours behind London all year round.
The weather is great year round
The tropical climate of the Caribbean means you’re sure to experience warm and comfortable temperatures whichever time of year you choose to visit. Perfect temperatures to enjoy the beautiful beaches!
Hurricane season is between June and November as with many other Caribbean destinations, so if you would rather not risk the possibility of a tropical storm during your stay you may wish to avoid this period. If however, you do decide it is worth the risk, you could find your trip is much cheaper than in high season.
The resorts are fabulous
There are some incredible and luxurious resorts to stay at, and resorts such as the Beach House resort or Alexandra Resort are right on Grace Bay beach (rated as the number one beach in the world in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards).
It’s a foodie paradise
If you’re a lover of food and particularly seafood, you will love trying the food available on these islands.
Home to the world’s only commercial conch farm (which you can visit, find details here), this makes conch one of the local specialties, so be sure to try some while you visit.
And it doesn’t end there! Check out these 7 foods you need to try if you visit Turks and Caicos as compiled by Matador Network!
There’s so much to see and do
There are plenty of fun and relaxing activities to get stuck into during your stay, whether that be a day spent relaxing on the beach, or a game of golf amid the palm trees.
Water sports are popular of course, and in particular snorkelling to enjoy the fantastic wildlife to be found on the coral reefs around the islands.
There are museums and art galleries if you’d like to soak up the culture, as well as luxurious boat cruises, and you can even explore on horseback!
If you’re really adventurous, you can pay a visit to the Hole, in Long Bay Hills… but be careful to stay away from the edge as there are no handrails!
We hope that this has given you an insight into what to expect if you are planning a visit to Turks and Caicos, or inspired you to make the islands your next Caribbean destination of choice.