The Caribbean is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why, but one place people often overlook is the Turks & Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory to the south-east of the Bahamas.
This chain of 40 islands is a great place for that once in a lifetime Caribbean holiday, whether you’re after relaxation, culture or adventure, and we’re going to take a look at three of the best reasons to visit this year.
Of course, we can’t mention the Caribbean without mentioning the great weather. Like the rest of the region, the Turks & Caicos Islands have a dry and sunny tropical climate, with the temperature usually averaging at around the 21-27˚C mark.
What’s more, the islands are sunny for more or less all of the year, with about 350 days of sunshine and an average rainfall of between 21 and 40 inches.
This means that you’re not just limited to visiting Turks & Caicos during the summer months, and in fact, it’s often a better idea to visit during the winter (November to March), when temperatures are a little more bearable, the beaches are a lot quieter and you’ll also avoid hurricane season.
However, the constant trade winds also ensure that the island has a fairly comfortable climate no matter what time of year you visit.
Plenty to See and Do
Of course, we have to start with the beaches, of which Turks and Caicos has some of the best in the world along its large coral system.
The beaches in Turks & Caicos are beautiful and clean, with soft white sand and deep turquoise waters, and the most well-known is Grace Bay beach, which has been crowned the best in the world by TripAdvisor.
As well as being great places to relax and sunbathe, the beaches are also fantastic for various water sports such as snorkelling and scuba diving.
Other popular beaches including Chalk Sound, Smith’s reef and Bight Reef.
Away from the beaches, there’s plenty of other things to do in Turks and Caicos, with one of the most unique being the world’s only conch farm!
The islands are also great for whale and bird watching and are also home to a number of old plantation houses which you can visit.
Great Resorts & Hotels
Because tourism is the main industry in Turks & Caicos, it’s home to some fantastic hotels and resorts, with the majority to be found around the Grace Bay area in northern Providenciales.
These kinds of boutique resorts are becoming increasingly popular on the islands, offering guests the chance to experience all the luxury they would expect from a high-end resort, but in a slightly different environment to the same cut and paste hotels you would usually find.
And while you might think that a decent hotel in the Caribbean is going to cost an arm and a leg, this isn’t always the case, and if you do your research, you can still pick up a bargain.