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Turks and Caicos Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Turks and Caicos , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Capital Grand Turk
Language English
Time Difference -5 hours
Currency US Dollar
Voltage 120v

A long time playground of dolphins, iguanas and ospreys, these islands today attract a more sophisticated clientele lured by the beautiful beaches. The twenty-two-mile Columbus Passage divides the islands of Turks & Caicos into two groups – the Turks Islands, comprising Grand Turk and Salt Cay that lie to the east, while to the west are West, North, Middle, East and South Caicos and Providenciales. The passage itself acts as transit point for migrating Humpback Whales, spotted Eagle Rays, Manta Rays and turtles and the rich waters are home to Blue Marlin, Tuna and Wahoo – perfect for the big-game fisherman. Bordering the edges of the islands is one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, making the islands perfect for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. In addition, national park nature reserves compete for the attention of visitors alongside golf, tennis, cycling and areas of historical interest. Providenciales is the most mature and developed of the islands and is home to our featured resort, Amanyara. This island is also the gateway to Parrot Cay, a privately owned one-thousand-acre island where, legend has it, the female pirate, Ann Bonny, once made camp, thus giving the island its original name – Pirate Cay. Today, the island is the location of our featured luxury resort, Parrot Cay by COMO.

Turks and Caicos enjoys the luxury of having maintained exquisite seclusion and unblemished perfection. Whereas some of the other Caribbean islands have become commercialised as their popularity has grown, Turks and Caicos retain their air of exclusivity and prestige. The pristine nature of the unspoilt beaches regularly sees Turks and Caicos highlighted as the ultimate destination for the definitive Caribbean beach holiday.

The laid-back and un-crowded nature of Turks and Caicos make it an ideal choice for a family holiday. Whilst the abundance of white sandy beaches and crystal-clear shallow water are a dream adventure for any budding explorer, the newly-installed children’s park , located in the Grace Bay Beach area, is sure to be a favourite with any young traveller. Blending family-friendly fun with exclusive luxury of a prestigious Elegant Resorts holiday, Turks and Caicos is the perfect choice for all the family.

The archipelago is, perhaps, one of the last remaining places of untouched beauty on the planet and it is for this reason Turks and Caicos inspires such revere amongst its guests. However, the region is blessed with some of the most esteemed hotels in the world and you need look no further than Elegant Resorts to find them. For those seeking the castaway fantasy with all the elements of a bespoke beach escape, Turks and Caicos is the ideal choice.

Highlights+

Grace Bay Beach
Regularly voted the most beautiful and number one beach in the world, Grace Bay Beach is a three mile long stretch of flawless flour-soft sand located on the island of Providenciales, known locally as ‘Provo’. The peerless nature of this incredible beach has beguiled visitors for centuries and no luxury holiday to Turks and Caicos is complete without a visit to this sandy paradise.

Crystalline Water
In the north of Providenciales Island is Chalk Sound; this lake is somewhat of a hidden gem, but those who do visit it will be rewarded with the sight of the most perfect turquoise water. Near to Amanyara, you’ll find another pristine beauty spot at Malcolm’s Beach. The near-clear nature of the water means you’ll be able to spot coral reefs and tropical marine life from the shallows.

Shopping
Providenciales is the epicentre of activity in Turks and Caicos, however the area maintains the quiet and charming standards of the islands themselves. Visit Turtle Cove or Grace Bay Road for shopping, where you will find a good selection of boutiques. For larger shops, head to Down Town. The area has a delightful blend of duty-free and native shops where luxury bargains and one-of-a-kind, authentic island items can be uncovered.

Sailing
A popular way to while away the hours in paradise is by setting sail and exploring the neighbouring islands. For an unforgettable experience, why not include a whale watching tour in your Turks and Caicos stay? Between February and April, scores of Humpback Whales pass the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay on migration to their breeding grounds at nearby Mouchoir Bank and this natural phenomenon is a stunning spectacle for those lucky enough to observe it.

Dining
Whilst our featured luxury hotels offer some of the finest dining in Turks and Caicos there are a number of noteworthy eateries scattered across the islands. Providenciales is home to a selection of restaurants serving a variety of dishes, including authentic Creole cuisine and internationally inspired continental options. Local specialities include fresh lobster and conch salad, but most natives will prefer to inform you about their native tipple; Bambarra Rum, named in honour of a hidden colony discovered on Middle Caicos in 1841.

Children’s Park
Ideally located on the iconic and idyllic stretch of sand that is Grace Bay Beach, the latest addition to Turks and Caicos’ family-friendly activities is the brand new children’s park. Comprising a botanical garden, contemporary children’s playground, crafts village and volleyball court, the park is a play-day paradise and a must for any family looking to pack even more fun into their Turks and Caicos itinerary. Conveniently located near our featured property Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, A Wymara Resort, the park sits on six acres and promises to keep the most active adventures occupied and enjoying the fresh sights and sounds of these beautiful islands.

Diving
Magnificent marine life and delicate coral reefs have brought fame to Turks and Caicos in the diving industry, yet the area avoids the tag of being overpopulated with commercial dive tours. The three most popular locations for diving are Providenciales, Salt Cay and Grand Turk, and they each provide plentiful opportunity to experience some of the planet’s most beautiful underwater scenery and wildlife.

Watersports
The abundance of inviting azure waters surrounding the Turks and Caicos make them a popular location for a variety of watersports activities. The sprinkling of uninhabited cays and islands makes this easily explore by kayak or paddleboard. Golf Provo Golf Club has been dubbed ‘the jewel in the Turks and Caicos crown’ and is regularly voted as one of the top ten courses in the Caribbean. The 18-hole championship course offers a stimulating range of challenging holes with four tee options and stunning views across the emerald greens and vibrant fauna that grows in abundance across the course. The club also comprises a pro-golf shop with TaylorMade clubs for hire, practice greens and the Fairways Bar and Grill.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Travel Gems
Known for its sailing, Turks and Caicos draws sailors of all abilities throughout the year. On 14th June 2016 it will host the 24th Annual Fools Regatta; a day of competitive races, activities and buoyant beach fun for all the family. A long-standing tradition to celebrate the island’s sailing legacy, this event is one of the liveliest in the Turks and Caicos calendar and with a full day of family-friendly activities available, the Fool’s Regatta is a real highlight. If you don’t fancy taking to the waters yourself, rest assured that the view of hundreds of sails against the turquoise Turks and Caicos sky is every bit as thrilling.

Maskanoo is held every year on 26 December on Providenciales and you should head to the streets around the Saltmills Plaza and Regent Grand shopping to soak up the atmosphere, fabulous food, local music and musical entertainment.

Climate+

A tropical climate tempered by tradewinds. Cool nights and low annual rainfall.

Hurricanes
There is a ‘hurricane season’ in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Central Mexico and South Eastern seaboard of America between June and November, the months of August and September being particularly susceptible.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Turks and Caicos.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2754
February2743
March2836
April2943
May3044
June3142
July3237
August3247
September3269
October3190
November29119
December2799

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways from London Heathrow (with 1 hour touchdown in Nassau) and British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow (via Miami), with onward connecting flights to Providenciales. British Airways also fly from London Gatwick, via Antigua, which takes approximately 10 hours. Private charter flights available on request.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Providenciales: 12 hours, 40 minutes (excludes touchdown time in Nassau). London Gatwick to Providenciales: 10 hours (excludes touchdown time in Antigua).

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website. Cases of Chikunyunga virus have been confirmed in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre. View the travel advice in full here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turks-and-caicos-islands

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