There are over 30 different islands in the Turks and Caicos archipelago and only 8 of them are inhabited. The islands are under British control and are some of the least known and least visited islands in the Caribbean – and that does not necessarily mean that there is anything wrong with Turks and Caicos as a tourist destination. It’s actually the opposite as it’s a beautiful place with gorgeous beaches. The reason most people don’t know about these islands is because they don’t really promote themselves as a holiday destination and frequent travelers rarely hear about Turks and Caicos. This is a good thing because the islands are never overcrowded which also means that the prices here are considerably lower than most of the other Caribbean destinations. This however, is changing quickly as more and more tourists are starting to prefer Turks and Caicos for the Caribbean vacations since most of the other islands in the region have become overpriced and too crowded.
Turks and Caicos has some of the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean and there are countless places where you can snorkel and dive. Lessons are available on the main islands for those who have no scuba diving experience but if you don’t feel like going through all that effort to learn it then why not just snuba? Snuba is a mix between snorkeling and scuba diving – it’s where you go to depths of up to 20 feet while your oxygen tank stays on the boat. The best part? No training is required and anyone can do this.
Turks and Caicos has a total of 33 different protected areas. Some of these places include the Princess Alexandra Marine Park which is a great place to watch bottle nose dolphins, the Hole – which is similar to the Blue Hole in Belize and Iguana Island which is where you will plenty of iguanas to name but a few. You can also enjoy some of the best birdwatching in the Caribbean and watch North Atlantic humpback whales in their natural environment just off the coast of the islands.
Jump onboard a boat and head out to the Atlantic Ocean where you will be able to dive for something known as conchs – which is a type of shellfish. These shellfish are edible raw and all you have to do is remove the shell before eating. They are most commonly found in these parts of the Caribbean and Atlantic so Turks and Caicos is the ideal place to find them.
The beaches around the Turks and Caicos islands are spectacular and the thing that makes them better than the other islands in the region is that they are never overcrowded. The beach sand is so white it can often hurt your eyes and the waters are crystal clear. If you would like even more privacy than what is already on offer then you can island hop to one of the beaches on one of the many uninhabited islands.
The beauty of Turks and Caicos is that anytime is the ideal time to visit. Temperatures never change and are consistent throughout the year at between 80 and 90 degrees fahrenheit. That is pretty hot weather but the temperatures are actually very pleasant thanks to the constant trade winds that blow all year long. Turks and Caicos only receives rain 2 weeks throughout the year and the islands are situated outside of the hurricane belt. It doesn’t get better than this.
Learn more about conch: Learn some interesting facts about these special types of shellfish found off the coast of Turks and Caicos.
Turks and Caicos Accommodations: See what types of places you can stay at while here.