The Turks and Caicos Islands, 40 in all and only 8 of which are inhabited, are scattered just south of the Bahamas and are the perfect destination for a Caribbean vacation. Here, nestled in its warm, turquoise waters, lies an abundance of tropical beauty. From millions of brilliantly colored fish to the glorious rainbow of coral reefs, plus the intrigue of shipwrecks and the possibility of lost treasure yet to be discovered, these islands draw divers, snorkelers, and nature enthusiasts from all over the world. Turks and Caicos offers families with small children the safety of shallow shorelines and the delight of silky-white beaches, as well as the luxury of all-inclusive, family-friendly, and pampering resorts. With so many things to do and see, there is something here for everyone.Package includes:
- Choice of accommodations
- Hotel taxes and maid gratuities
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should go?
These islands offer many activities and types of entertainment for families to choose from. While your hotel will provide much for you, there are many other opportunities available. Depending on the age of your children, possible activities range from frolicking and swimming in the ocean, snorkeling and exploring the coral reefs, sailing, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, visiting the conch farm, and much more.
With so many unexplored beaches to discover, any newly married couple longing for a little solitude can wander down the shore to stroll on some hidden section of paradise.
Divers & Snorkelers
Turks and Caicos are surrounded by coral reefs galore, shipwrecks, and even the possibility of sunken treasure. Those who long for a little adventure, suspense, and incredible underwater experiences can't go wrong in the waters surrounding these islands. Underwater visibility offers an excellent view of up to 200 feet.
What's the climate like?
Water temperature ranges from 82 - 84°F in the summer and 74 - 78°F in the winter. Constant trade winds keep the islands' climate extremely comfortable and relatively consistent all year long.
How do I get around town?
The best mode of transportation in Turks and Caicos is a taxi. Not all taxi drivers turn on their meters, so it is important to negotiate the fare with your driver before you get in. Because there are no taxi stands, however, you'll have to call a taxi yourself. Your hotel will be able to help you with more information.
What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?
If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, your hotel will provide all your meals. Your hotel will also offer a number of children's activities, live entertainment, karaoke, beach parties, and much more.
If you want indulge in authentic Turks and Caicos' island culture and cuisine, treat yourself to the laid-back atmosphere and Caribbean cottage style of Caicos Café. Amidst the ambiance of twinkling lights and flickering torches, enjoy this restaurant's irresistible seafood gumbo, shrimp risotto, or conch chowder, topped off with scrumptious, homemade desserts from the bakery.
Where should I go shopping?
You will be able to do most of your vacation shopping within your hotel, but if you choose to take a short trip into town, stop by Marilyn's Craft shop in Grace Bay and take a peek at her handmade dolls, carvings, tropical clothing, knickknacks, and more. And if you love artwork, hop over to the Bamboo Gallery at the Market Place, where Caribbean art, such as Haitian paintings, woodwork, carvings, and metal sculptures are on display. The artists are usually on hand to describe their works for you in person.
When are the local events?
Valentine's Day Cup
February. This annual event at Bambarra Beach involves a beach cookout, live music, and a sailboat race. Winners receive cash prizes and trophies; the goal of this competition is to try to impress and win over a potential sweetheart.
Turks and Caicos Music and Cultural Festival
End of July through the beginning of August. The city of Providenciales, or Provo, hosts a week of boat races, beauty pageants, parades, and parties. Live music will be performed by artists such as Ludacris, Yolanda Adams, and Steel Pulse.
November. The islands celebrate this peachy-pink shell with good eats (featuring, of course, tasty conch cuisine), cooking competitions, sailing races, live music, dancing, and even the greatly anticipated conch shell-blowing contest.
What are my sports and recreation options?
The islands make perfect diving grounds for anyone from the avid diver to the inexperienced. With brilliant flora and fauna, fish, reefs, shipwrecks, and hidden treasure, the Turks & Caicos Islands work their magic.
Some of the finest deep-sea fishing is available right in the heart of these islands. The tropical waters provide a breeding ground for all kinds of fish.
Sail pristine, brilliant waters off the shores of any Turks & Caicos island. These little havens of paradise are hotspots for avid sailors who love to catch the breeze, bask in the sun and ocean spray, and explore, weave, and zip between the islands' coastlines.
Those who enjoy dramatic reef walls filled with intrigue, intense color, and dizzying vertical drops will love the 7,000-foot coral wall drop-off, within swimming distance of Grand Turk's sandy shores. It's filled with marine life, coral slopes and pinnacles, swim-through tunnels, and cascading sand chutes. It's any diver's paradise.
If you're looking for a little solitude, don't fret. Even on the biggest and most developed islands lie miles of unexplored, deserted beaches just waiting for you to be the one to place the first footprint on its untouched, luxurious, powdery sand.
The island of North Caicos is the home and nesting ground of pink flamingos. Flamingo Pond hosts many of these birds, which often meander out to the middle of the pond. Bring binoculars if you would like to observe these beautiful birds in detail.
JoJo the Dolphin
If you're swimming in shallow waters, keep your eye out for JoJo the bottlenose dolphin! He is one of the few dolphins in the world that interacts with humans in his natural habitat. JoJo is most likely to be seen playing near the islands' beaches and swimming alongside boats, so if you're lucky enough, you may even get to swim with him.
Good to Know:
|April - July
|May - November
|The U.S. Dollar is the official currency. Major credit cards are also accepted, along with Traveler's Checks.
|Eastern Time Zone with Daylight Savings observed from April – October.
|Government legislation requires all people traveling via air to and from the United States and Canada to have a valid passport. For details on passports, visas, and health requirements, see Entry Requirements.
|Many hotels in Turks and Caicos are all-inclusive, so tipping is not necessary. Outside of the hotels, tipping is similar to that in the United States, about 15% for taxis, waiters, porters, and maids.
|Informal dress is accepted for most events; however, swimwear is only appropriate at the beach.