Did you know that relaxation is an art? Neither did I until I went to Turks and Caicos; the Mona Lisa of relaxation! Soft white sand, warm turquoise water and a nice easy pace creates an atmosphere that can melt away stress.
Turks and Caicos is a group of 40 islands located just south of Florida. Although it is a British overseas territory, the official currency is the U.S. dollar. The climate is tropical with warm temperatures year-round. The summers are muggy, although the rainy season is quite mild compared to other Caribbean islands.
Here’s a Pro-Tip: The country has strict environmental protection laws in place, so remember to pack reef-friendly sunscreen and biodegradable cosmetics!
The Island of Providenciales, or “Provo”, is the most popular tourist island in the archipelago. Providenciales International Airport is where all international flights land, so if you are staying on one of the other islands, you will have to take a domestic flight or boat there.
Here’s a Pro-Tip: Because the charge is per person, you may find that your driver will stop and pick up other riders along the way. For me, this only happened from the airport.
Let me know if you find Nemo!
Eat, sleep, beach, repeat is the name of the game on these islands! Here are my favourite things to do while visiting:
- Beach Activities – Turks and Caicos is surrounded by about 547 km (340 miles) of barrier reef, so snorkelling and diving are super-cool activities, especially at Bight Beach. For Paddle-boarding, wake-boarding and kayaking, the peaceful Leeward Beach is ideal. On the island of Middle Caicos, Mudjin Harbour is where you can explore the ancient caves and cliffs.
- Grace Bay Beach – Located on the Northeast coast of Providenciales, this gorgeous landmark is frequently ranked as the best beach in the world. With consistently clean turquoise water and soft, white sand, it truly lives up to its reputation. Most of the country’s top resorts, bars and restaurants are located along this coast.
Here’s a Pro-Tip: Keep an eye out for JoJo, a very friendly wild Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin who enjoys playing with humans around Grace Bay!
- Grand Turk – This is the second largest island in the group and home to the country’s capital city of Cockburn Town. With more opportunities to snorkel and lounge on pristine beaches, Grand Turk is also the cultural centre of Turks and Caicos housing the National Museum. The only way to reach there is a 20-minute domestic flight from Provo.
- Salt Cay – The quaint little island of Salt Cay is home to only 80 inhabitants. With history from its days of the Bermudian Salt Industry and a deeply tranquil beach atmosphere, this is a spectacular place to whale or bird watch. Caicos Express is the only airline with flights to Salt Cay. The flight is about 35 minutes from Provo.
My favourite dish in the tunaverse!
- Thursday Night Fish Fry – Every Thursday local restaurants and entertainers offer their best. Located by Bight Park, this is a great place for visitors and locals to enjoy each other’s company.
- Groupers – A local favourite and a great place to spend some time unwinding
- Coco Bistro – Fine dining in an outdoor setting. The menu offers an exciting blend of flavours. Recipes can be tailored to vegetarian and vegan diets.
- Turk’s Head Brewery – Tour and taste the islands’ local beer. Plus, you can hang-out in their custom ballroom afterwards.
- Kalooki’s – Beachside, open-air seating, and weekly live music give Kalooki’s a fun and easy vibe!
- Dock – Located at Seven Stars resort, the vibe is romantic with lovely beach views and cocktails to match.
- Somewhere Café and Lounge – a fun, lively atmosphere offering fabulous rum-based drinks.
Sip, relax, repeat!
Here are my recommendations for Turks and Caicos hotels:
- Beach House Turks & Caicos – Located on Grace Bay, an all-inclusive resort for ease and comfort.
- Blue Haven Resort – This is the place to stay if you love adventure! It is located near the marina and ferry terminal, so you can move about the islands easily.
- Windsong Resort – Located on the Bight Settlement, with a private beach, excellent spa and in-house café.
For shore, an amazing place to stay!
My stay in Turks and Caicos has reminded me that taking time to relax and unwind is important. I left feeling lighter, calmer and, of course, tanner!