Turks and Caicos Travel Guide

Turks and Caicos Travel Guide

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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 hidd... Read More

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. They’re less than 90 minutes from Miami, and about a three-hour flight from New York City. 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 Turks and Caicos are also home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef, after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef. This translates to miles and miles of swimmable water until the breaker—when the depth suddenly drops to 7,000 feet.

The main island, Providenciales (nicknamed Provo), is incredibly family-friendly. The waters are manageable for all types of swimmers, and the five-star hotels that line the beach provide every amenity possible. In many ways, being on the island feels like going back to a simpler time. Ordinance forbids construction above five stories, so most of the buildings are low (aside from a few that were grandfathered in). There are no traffic lights in town—just speed bumps and roundabouts to manage traffic flow—and no Starbucks, either.

The main attraction, of course, is the beaches. Though you might not think you want to stray far from your lounge chair, there’s plenty more to keep you busy in Providenciales. Read on for T+L’s comprehensive guide to the Turks and Caicos.

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Best Time To Go

Sunny, even temperatures make the Turks and Caicos islands a year-round destination, although travelers should be aware that hurricane season lasts from June to November. You’ll get better hotel rates (and fewer crowds) during hurricane season—the rain is sporadic and manageable. If you do visit in low season, do your best to plan your meals ahead of time, as a few bars and restaurants are bound to be closed for renovations.

Transportation

There are taxis on the island, but the best way to get around is by renting a car, which is available at the airport. The British Overseas Territory follows the U.K system and drives on the left side of the road, so give yourself some time to get used to it.

Weather

August and September are the hottest months, with an average high of 88°F (31°C). January and February are the coldest months, with an average low of 73°F (23°C).

Know Before You Go

The Turks and Caicos are a chain of 40 islands that include Providenciales (the most populated island) as well as Grand Turk, Middle Caicos, South Caicos, and more. There are two airports—on Providenciales and Grand Turk—but most travelers fly in to Providenciales. For trips to the other islands, charter a boat or go with an operator like Silver Deep or Island Vibes.

Language

English

Electric

Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)

Currency

United States Dollar ($)

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