With the world’s best beach, private islands, fabulous accommodation and a wealth of culture and natural wonders, it’s time to discover the untouched Turks and Caicos Islands
The stunning Turks and Caicos Islands is one of the world’s best-kept secrets – a five-star luxury destination comprising 40 islands and cays are located just 575 miles southeast of Miami, yet a world away from that frenzied city.
With only nine main islands inhabited, the destination is inherently safe for travel in these new times of physical distancing, given its expansiveness, stunning outdoor environment, privacy, and unique portfolio of extraordinary private villas and private island vacations.
World-class hotels, spas, and restaurants await along with famous stretches of uncrowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below the water, guests are invited to relax in the unique serenity, hospitality and beauty of this extraordinary destination.
Of the nine inhabited islands, each distinctive and a destination in its own right. Providenciales is the most developed island, and the economic and tourism hub. Visit the loyalist plantations or spend the day on the World’s Best Beach (according to TripAdvisor), Grace Bay.
Grand Turk is the capital, a destination for diving and home to Cockburn Town. Explore and admire the colonial architecture which is still a prominent feature of many buildings.
Known as ‘The Big South’, South Caicos is the fishing capital and home to the country’s seafaring festival, The Regatta. Meanwhile, Salt Cay, the island where time forgot, has been deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; while Parrot Cay, Pine Cay and Ambergris Cay are luxury private islands.
A day trip to the eco-tourism isles of North and Middle Caicos is always an adventure. Travellers can visit Pumpkin Bluff National Pond Reserve, Mudjin Harbour, Wades Green Loyalist Plantation or the Caves at Conch Bar. Take an excursion to Little Water Cay to see the native Rock Iguana or Gibbs Cay to swim with stingrays. See migrating Humpback Whales in the tranquil waters or off the shores of Grand Turk and Salt Cay between December and March.
The Turks and Caicos boasts spectacular vistas and a unique marine life. The islands sit on the third largest barrier reef system in the world, home to 35 species of coral and 400 of fish. With crystal-clear turquoise waters, the islands are a world-class dive and water-sports destination.
For the adventurous traveller, activities include fishing, hiking, trekking, birdwatching, snorkelling, parasailing, golfing, horse riding, eco tours, and heritage walks. Visitors can also enjoy cooking classes, rum tastings, local craft markets, community visits and the weekly Island Fish Fry.
With excellent weather year-round, a vibrant economy, and a safe environment, this country is indeed a paradise. Discover the Turks and Caicos now, while they remain among the most protected and untouched in the Caribbean.
• Two world-class FBOs (Provo Air Center and Blue Heron Aviation) reopening on 22 July 2020
• Grace Bay Beach
• Luxury wedding and honeymoon destination
• Premier dive and water-sports destination