Some destinations are dream places for holidays and if there is one hot destination for luxury travelers is Turks and Caicos islands. It is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a British Overseas Territory southeast of the Bahamas.The tropical islands are simply a small paradise on Earth. Some celebrities like Lindsey Vonn or Cara Delevingne have already experienced the farniente of these islands. No matter if you book a hotel or if you wish to experience Turks and Caicos home rentals, any luxury traveler around the world should have at least one holiday booked to this place. So here are three main reasons to convince you to book your next trip to this tropical archipelago.
Turks and Caicos geographical location: easy to access
The two islands groups are in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Bahamas, northwest of Puerto Rico, north of Hispaniola, and about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from Miami in the United States. The territory is geographically contiguous to the Bahamas, both comprising the Lucayan Archipelago, but is politically a separate entity. The Caicos Islands are separated by the Caicos Passage from the closest Bahamian islands, Mayaguana and Great Inagua. No matter if you are flying from the US, Europe or Asia, you will find very easy to travel to Turks and Caicos (knowing it is a special destination). It is located 1 hour and 9 minutes from Miami, or 2 hours and 36 minutes from New York City by plane. There are direct flights from New York, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Toronto, and London.
Turks and Caicos: gorgeous place to visit.
Probably the first inhabitants of Turks and Caicos were Tainos Indians. For centuries, these paradisiacal islands were under control of Spanish, French and British. Today it is British territory. Despite of so many dominations, neither of these countries really established themselves in the islands, so things remained pretty much authentic.
The weather is perfect all year long. Temperatures are between 80F and 90F (27C to 32C). There is not much rain and it is commonly said that there is sun 365 days a year. Sometimes there are hurricanes hitting the Caribbean but fortunately for Turks and Caicos, hurricanes tend to pass on the south (Hispaniola) or the north (Bahamas). So you should not be worried about it.
Turks and Caicos is trendy enough to see some happy few joining the party and still a confidential destination that avoids mass-tourism. You will never be bothered by crowds on the beach which will allow you to fully enjoy the amazing scenery. Turks and Caicos beaches are the perfect white powder sand with hints of pink. The ocean has so many shades of blue that will challenge your photo camera!
Amateurs of Golf, will be able to enjoy a beautiful course. Known for its natural, rugged layout through limestone outcroppings, Provo Golf Club combines a great test of golf with the natural flora and fauna of the islands. Fairways are lined with native island bush which combine with inland lakes and numerous palm trees to compliment the beautifully maintained playing surfaces. There is also an abundance of birdlife, with the lakes home to an array of colorful native birds including egrets, various types of heron and waterfowl, and migratory flamingo’s.
Turks and Caicos: what to do once you are there
There are plenty of activities to do in Turks and Caicos. If you have enough of the amazing beaches scenery and the magnificent blue ocean, you can definitely find many things to do. Obviously with the sea surroundings we can easily dive, professionally or snorkeling. The region is very rich in sea life. Smith’s Reef appeals to snorkelers at all levels. You can see all sorts of sea animals:
- Colored fish
Some people say Turks and Caicos is probably the best area for underwater activities. It sits on a plateau that rises 10’000 feet (3’000m) up from the surrounding ocean floor. This specific underwater relief makes Turks and Caicos a true sanctuary for wild animals. You can enter the reef area at three different points: north, east and west access. Travelers recommend finding a sandy pathway near the small parking area that will guide you into the water. Action is not only under the sea level, but also above the sea. You can for example comfortably cruise on a catamaran around different islands. Either for the day or for several days, a catamaran cruise is the best way to visit the islands and enjoy nature at its best. If you are looking for more action, you can also enjoy several aquatic activities like Kiteboarding or Parasailing.
Kiteboarding (or kitesurfing) is becoming one of the most popular watersports in the Turks and Caicos. At the excellent Long Bay Beach on Providenciales, there can be dozens of kites in the air on a windy day. Parasailing is available in the Grace Bay Beach region of Providenciales and is another exciting way to experience ocean, beaches and sun.
Turks and Caicos is not only known for its wild nature. You can also get a lot of fun in the evenings and even all night long. Most of the best bars are in hotels, so it is really worth it to leave yours and check out what is going on in the others. Here is a list of the most known bars in the area:
- The Infinity bar at the Grace Bay Club
- Deck at the Seven Stars Resort
- Danny Buoys and Sandbar in Saltmills Plaza
- Sharkbite in Turtle cove marina
- Three Queens on Blue Hill road
Most of the bars offer live music and thematic evenings, so you will for sure find something exciting to do every night.
In conclusion, Turks and Caicos is the perfect destination for your holidays. No matter if you are looking for sun in winter or the perfect location for your summer holidays, the archipelago gathers all that is requested to please you.
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