A long time playground of dolphins, iguanas and ospreys, these islands today attract a more sophisticated clientele lured by the beautiful beaches. 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.
The laid-back and uncrowded 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. However, there’s no doubt that Turks and Caicos is also a destination for couples, oozing romantic appeal from the moment you arrive. Indulge in private dining along stretches of pristine white sands, explore the enchanting atmosphere of Grand Turk and raise your heart rate with a variety of thrilling watersports in the sparkling ocean waters.
Beaches & Crystalline Waters
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. In the north of Providenciales Island is Chalk Sound; this lake is somewhat of a hidden gem with its perfect turquoise water. Furthermore, the near-clear water at the stunning Malcolm Beach means you’ll be able to spot coral reefs and tropical marine life from the shallows.
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.
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.
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 & Golf
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. 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.
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.
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.
A tropical climate tempered by tradewinds. Cool nights and low annual rainfall.
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.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Turks and Caicos.
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.
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).
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 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