Wanderlist Discover: Turks and Caicos
The tropical archipelago of Turks and Caicos comprise of almost 40 islands, many of which are totally uninhabited. The white sands, laid-back lifestyle and breezy atmosphere of this secluded getaway is the perfect recipe to break the monotony of a hectic and busy lifestyle. The two island groups that make up the archipelago are the Turks Islands, comprising of Grand Turn and Salt Cay, and the Caicos Islands, made up of Providenciales and North, South, East, West and Middle Caicos Islands. The three main islands that attract the most crowds are the glamorous island of ‘Provo' (Provindenciales), which has several luxurious resorts and hotels; Grand Turk which is a historic and cultural centre of the archipelago; and the Salt Cay, which has several dive sites for ocean lovers. The archipelago is famous for its dry and sunny tropical climate, so make the most of your time at the beach, or exploring the beautiful bounty of the unspoiled, deep ocean.
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
The Coral : The islands have one of the world’s best coral systems, and it would be a shame if you visited the island and didn’t explore the corals. The Bight Reef, popularly known as the Coral Garden is a great site for snorkelling and viewing the coral from close range.
Grace Bay : The amazing surf and sand combination at Grace Bay on Provo is sure to keep anybody engaged for hours, if not days. If that’s not enough, it is also close to a great golf course. What more can you ask for on a holiday? Great food, just a few minutes walk away from the beach. Yup, Grace Bay has that covered as well.
Go Birdwatching : The islands are home to over 170 species of birds, that have made the salt ponds and marshlands around the islands their nesting grounds. As if that’s not enough, the island is also home to the only conch farm in the world. Make sure you try the Conch fritters that are the island speciality.
Best Time To Go: December to early april
The best season to go to the Turks and Caicos Islands is during the months of December through March or early April. You can try visiting in May to beat the peak tourist season, and get better deals.
Where in the world:
The Turks and Caicos Islands are located about 600 miles southeast of Miami, in the Lucayan archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean
Fun Fact: Off the coast of the Caicos Islands is one of the widest marine sinkholes, or Blue Holes, in the world. Known as the Ocean Hole, it measures 250 ft deep and is at least 2000 feet in diameter. It is a clearly visible from the sky, if you take a flight above the islands. According to experts, the Ocean Hole was formed a long time ago at a time when the sea levels were much lower and the ocean bed was probably exposed. The acidic rain water dissolved the limestone of the surrounding plateau, creating this sinkhole, which was later covered up by seawater when the ocean levels rose. Accessing the spot requires some planning, but it is a great spot to swim around the edges of the sinkhole or to take close up photos of the Blue Hole.
Currency: US Dollar is the only accepted form of currency here.
How to Get Around: There’s no public bus or train transport on any island in the Turks and Caicos, so to get around make sure that you have a rental car pre-planned or be ready to pay high prices for the local cabs. To travel between the islands, you can catch a ferry or a flight.
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