Turks and Caicos - Paradise
Magnificent turquoise waters and powdery white sand beaches that stretch out for miles are synonymous with the over forty islands and cays that make up the ‘Beautiful by Nature’ Turks and Caicos Islands.
Still considered a hidden gem and the world’s best kept secret, the Turks and Caicos Islands with its 360 days of sunshine and perfectly warm weather and waters is the ideal island getaway.
This luxurious destination’s slogan ‘Beautiful by Nature’ speaks for itself. The islands beaches, mangroves and reefs are unspoiled. With crystal clear waters and breathtakingly beautiful rich ecosystems, visitors can get in tune with nature when visiting the islands. Unique to the destination is Little Water Cay, affectionately named Iguana Island, where the native endangered rock iguana is being protected and visitors can mingle with the friendly creatures. This destination is perfect for the avid animal enthusiast or even someone who seeks peace, serenity and maybe even a little beach side yoga.
The Turks and Caicos is not only famous for the award-winning beaches and pristine environment, but it is also rich in history and culture with many attractions that make it suitable for the whole family. One can travel back in time by visiting the Turks and Caicos national museum or have fun singing and dancing in the Junkanoo Museum. There are also many treasured national trust sites opened to visitors such as Wade’s Green Plantation which is located in the settlement of Kew in North Caicos and regarded as one of the best surviving examples of a Loyalist plantation left in the Caribbean. There is also the mysterious Conch Bar Caves to be explored which is the largest cave system in the Turks and Caicos. Here visitors are guided through the chambers and learn many stories of the island's Lucayan Indian past. Unique to Turks and Caicos is the culinary scene. It is an emerging Caribbean Foodie Paradise!
There are many world-class 5-star dining opportunities that boast a fusion cuisine of local and international dishes. As well as many exciting authentic local dining experiences, many offer seaside opportunities to watch them prepare conch straight from the sea to your table for what is a truly fun-filled interactive dining experience. Conch is a recommended local and visitor favourite, being prepared deep fried, as fritters, with rice and much more. Locally caught fish and lobster are also praised and cooked in multiple ways.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to wine and dine with locals and have a fun filled night, then visit the weekly Island Fish Fry hosted by the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board. This event typically occurs every Thursday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm and hosts many local food, drink, and craft vendors. At the venue a live local band plays both local “rake n scrape” music and crowd favorite covers. The evening ends with rythmic Junkanoo that everyone can participate in and enjoy. All this takes place at the scenic Grace bay Beach which makes it a truly unforgettable experience.
Additionally, what’s truly fun about visiting the islands is that not only are you on the world’s best beaches, but almost every imaginable watersport is at your fingertips. You can have fun gliding above the water’s surface parasailing, kiteboarding, kayaking, paddling boarding and much more. While snorkeling, freediving and scuba diving offer opportunities to swim amongst beautiful tropical fish and explore some of the healthiest and pristine reefs in the world. Last but not least is the beachside horseback rides, where majestic horses take you on rides across miles of white sand beaches and through calm turquoise waters.
Facts about the Islands
Of the over forty islands, only nine are inhabited! Of the nine, six islands are primarily inhabited by the local population which are Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos, Grand Turk and Salt Cay, the three private islands are Pine Cay, Parrot Cay and Ambergris Cay. Each Sister Island in the archipelago can be considered a destination in their own right as they each have their own charm and cultural identity. However, all are known for their world class hospitality.
This island is home to the infamous 12-mile Grace Bay Beach, yet there are many beautiful white beaches on this island. Visitors are recommended to venture off unto other beaches on Long Bay, Blue Hills and other areas on island. If you’re looking for luxurious resorts, hotels and villas this may be the perfection island for you.
North and Middle Caicos
North Caicos is a quick ferry ride away and arguably the best island to go birdwatching on, for those who love flamingos Cottage Pond offers the best view of these regal creatures. From here you can venture off into Middle Caicos via a scenic causeway. This island is home to the iconic photoshoot worth praying hands at Mudjin Harbour, here you can bask in cliffside views that offer the perfect view of famous dragon cay.
South Caicos, which is accessible by plane or boat, is affectionately called the ‘Big South’ by locals. This island is home to both luxury and welcoming rustic properties that are eager to greet visitors. This island is also considered the ‘fishing capital’ of the Turks and Caicos and has some the best seafood-based cuisine in the destination. The snorkeling and kayaking and other water-based experiences are unrivaled.
The Nation’s capital of Grand Turk is also a quick flight away from Providenciales with daily flights between the islands. Grand Turk is world renown for its diving and award winning cruise port. Visitors from around the world visit this hospitable island to dive the world’s 3rd largest barrier reefs and 7000 feet wall drop dubbed the ‘ Great Wall’. There are also many other water-based sports to keep visitors busy such as kayaking, jet skiing, snorkeling and much more. For the real adventure seekers one of the most thrilling activities on island is the cliff side ziplining by island’s historic lighthouse.
Salt Cay albeit the smallest Sister Island being only 2.5 square miles has the most character. Once you step on island you will be instantly transported to different time. Your body will instantly relax as you enjoy a slower pace of living. The island’s historic sites can be all explored via relaxing golf cart ride.