Surrounded by the Caribbean Islands of Cuba, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos chain of islands have become a popular tourist destination for many people seeking sun, sand, turquoise oceans and relaxation. Make sure you find the best places to stay in Turks and Caicos because there are plenty of options. Found just below the Tropic of Cancer the islands have average temperatures of around 23 degrees in the winter and around 28 degrees in the summer. Sea temperatures average about 27 degrees and the islands see little rainfall compared to other tropical destinations making it the perfect vacation destination for many travellers.
So what is there to see in the Turks and Caicos? Well although there are forty different cays and islands most people find themselves arriving on the two main islands of Providenciales, or Provo as the locals call it, and the island of Grand Turk. Other islands such as North and South Caicos are easily reachable by boat so you are not restricted to just the main islands. In fact many people like to head out there because they are less inhabited and therefore much less busy.
Grand Turk is the capital island of the archipelago and where most tourists arrive via the thriving cruise industry that has sprung up thanks to the luxury harbor built there. Grand Turk has a rich colonial history thanks to the arrival of a certain Christopher Columbus in 1492 and subsequent rule by French, Spanish and British colonialists, all leaving their own architectural footprint on the island. Places to visit here include the National Museum in Cockburn Town which holds a large collection of pre-colonial artifacts from the indigenous Lucayan civilization which populated the islands for eight hundred years before the European arrivals. It also houses an exhibition detailing what is believed to be the first colonial shipwreck discovered of the islands. The lighthouse, painstakingly rebuilt brick by brick from England is also worth visiting here.
Provo, the main international air hub, is mainly famous for its beaches and marine life. The beach of Grace Bay, a twelve mile long stretch of white sand, was voted best beach in the world in 2016 and is where you will find most of the hotels on the island. The most popular things to do here revolve around the sea such as fishing, diving and other water sports. There are however a few onshore sights such as Chalk Hill where shipwrecked sailors would carve messages into the rocks and old houses built by Loyalists that came to Providenciales fleeing America during the War of Independence there.
I couldn’t fit everything in to my schedule when I was on holiday in Turks and Caicos because there was just so much to see and do! If you have been to Turks and Caicos before, what would you recommend people to do whilst they are there and what activities would you advise people to skip? Your first hand experience is invaluable to people out there who are planning a holiday to this fabulous destination.