If you are looking for paradise, the kind of paradise with turquoise waters, white sand and peaceful beaches, then Turks and Caicos is your place to go. Perfect for a couple’s getaway or for a family trip, Turks and Caicos is a great option to relax and enjoy some well-deserved rest.
I am not going to lie; this destination is not a budget one. The paradise has its price, but trust me when I say it’s soooo worthy!
For the ones that may not know, or have never heard of, Turks and Caicos is an archipelago located southeast of the Bahamas, on the Atlantic Ocean, that actually belongs to the British Commonwealth. The largest, most populated island, and therefore the most touristic one is Providenciales. Certainly is the best option to travel to and stay in when planning a trip to Turks and Caicos.
How to get to Turks and Caicos.
To travel to Provo, as the locals call this beauty, you can fly out of Miami International Airport with American Airlines, as we did. The local airport carries the same name as the island, Providenciales.
Once you arrive there, you can either rent a car or take the local taxi services to your hotel or apartment.
Where to stay in Turks and Caicos.
The best area to stay when in Providenciales is, without any doubts, Grace Bay. This part of the island has great beaches, a little commercial area and everything is pretty close (nice advantage if you are not renting a car). Grace Bay’s accommodation options include from luxury, big hotels, like the Beaches Hotel, to really nice houses or condos available for rent. We went for this last option. Why? Price and the facilities offered. We were on a family plan, looking for a place with a patio, a pool, a grill, and the options on HomeAway suited perfectly the vacations we had in mind.
What to do in Turks and Caicos.
The island has plenty of outdoors activities, from boat rides, to snorkeling, kayak and so on. Although I have to be honest, all I needed was to lay on the beach and just rest after a very hectic week at Disney’s World Orlando. On my mind, there was only one thing I was looking forward to: beaches. And Turks and Caicos did not let me down on that one.
As I said before, Grace Bay has beautiful beaches. But, if you rent a car, there are a few more places that you can go to.
Sapodilla Bay, for instance, was one of my favs. Quiet, and almost hidden to the public, Sapodilla is a great option if you are with kids. There, the bay forms a natural pool that extends a few meters away from the shore, where the water level doesn’t get any higher than the knees of any adult. Safe for kids, and great for the grown ups to not have to worry about them.
Turtle Cove was another beach recommended by TripAdvisor. Like Sapodilla Bay, Turtle Cove is also located a little further from Grace Bay, so its easier to go there if you have a rental car. This peaceful area, surrounded by beautiful houses, its ideal for travelers looking forward to do some snorkeling, as you will be amazed by its coral reef.
The island’s whole atmosphere is calm and quiet. Even at Grace Bay, it is important to keep in mind that you won’t find extended night life. Most restaurants close by 10 pm, while hotels will offer dinner with shows included that may last a few more hours than that.
Local shops close between 5 and 6 pm.
Useful information on Turks and Caicos.
The local currency in Turks and Caicos is the American dollar, the language everyone spokes is English and the voltage is 110.
Their Caribbean weather is a plus as their temperatures moves around 20-30ºC all year long. Unfortunately, the islands are not oblivious to hurricanes, having their official season between June 1st and November 30th.
Last, but not least, if you rent a car… surprise! They drive the English way, by their right side. Rental options include: manual mode, automatic, and left-sided steering. But if you go for that last option, please keep in mind at all times that the driving is by the other side, specially when taking roundabouts.
And while I write this lines, I found myself in Buenos Aires, where the summer arrived with its high temperatures and unbearable humidity. It is impossible for my mind not to travel back to Turks and want to stay there… What do you think? Wouldn’t be nice a few days in paradise?