With more than 230 miles of white-sand beaches and some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs, the Turks and Caicos islands are arguably the hidden gems of the Caribbean. Only a 90-minute plane ride from Miami, these tropical islands nonetheless feel lost in time: Here, you'll find historic villages barely touched by tourism and crystal-clear waters full of marine life, plus pristine beaches perfect for spending long, relaxing days. The irresistible azure waters of the Turks and Caicos islands are sure to stick in your mind, but in fact their landscapes are varied: you'll find dry brush and scrub on the coral islands of Grand Turk, Salt Cay, South Caicos and Providenciales, while Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Parrot Cay and Pine Cay are populated by lush, rolling greenery.
Things Not to Miss in the Turks and Caicos
Dig your toes into the sand with a chilled drink in hand, and consult our Turks and Caicos travel guide to make the most of your visit. Highlights of a trip to Turks and Caicos include:
• Sunbathing on the snow-white sand of Grace Bay Beach
• Exploring the caves of Middle Caicos
• Whale watching from the Grand Turk Lighthouse
• Visiting the world's only conch farm, the Caicos Conch Farm
• Exploring the ruins of Cheshire Hall, a 200-year-old cotton plantation
• Visiting the Turks and Caicos National Museum
• Diving into the turquoise waters of Chalk Sound National Park
When to Visit the Turks and Caicos
Sunny, even temperatures make the Turks and Caicos islands a year-round destination, although travelers should be advised that hurricane season lasts from June to November.