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Our Luxury Guide: Turks and Caicos

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April 17, 2021

Turks and Caicos located just a 90-minute flight from Miami, and about three hours from New York City, it is a coral island archipelago that comprises approximately 40 stunningly beautiful coral islands (8 of which are inhabited). Blame it on the beaches — and the water.

Turks and Caicos managed to remain an under-the-radar Caribbean destination for years, staying relatively undeveloped on the tourism front while neighboring islands, like The Bahamas, boomed. The islands are also one of the most exclusive and luxurious destinations in the Caribbean and the Turks and Caicos villas stand proud as some of the finest around. The islands are charming and very unspoiled with beautiful powdery white sandy beaches, endless crystal clear turquoise waters, nature reserves and several beautiful national parks.

Turks and Caicos has become popular in the last couple of decades where travellers started getting out for its spectacular beaches (all 230 miles of them) and turquoise-hued waters (which are home to the second-largest barrier reef in the Atlantic). It’s all being done thoughtfully, though, with the majority of the resorts, dining and shopping centered on the main island of Providenciales (aka Provo), where the highest-end options line the legendary 12-mile, crescent-shaped Grace Bay Beach.

Grace Bay | Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay | Turks and Caicos

WHEN TO GO

JANUARY

It’s around 81 °F in Turks & Caicos in January (this is as ‘cold’ as it gets in Turks & Caicos), with a minimal chance of rain. The ocean temperature is around 79 °F and at night it’s around 68 °F. Make sure to check out the Junkanoo celebrations on New Year’s Day!

FEBRUARY

Much like January, in February it’s around 81 °F in Turks & Caicos, paired with the lowest amount of rainy days. The ocean temperature is around 79 °F and at night it’s around 68 °F.

MARCH

In March it’s around 82 °F in Turks & Caicos, paired with a minimal amount of rainfall. The ocean temperature is around 79 °F. At night it’s around 68 °F.

APRIL

April is at the end of peak season for Turks & Caicos. The temperature is around 84 °F, paired with a minimal chance of rain. The ocean temperature is around 79 °F and the wind is calm. At night it’s around 70 °F.

MAY

May temperatures in Turks & Caicos are around 86 °F, an increase from the cooler ‘winter’ months. The chance of rain increases slightly and the ocean temperature is around 81 °F. Expect night time temperatures to be around 72 °F.

JUNE

In June, temperatures in Turks & Caicos rise further to a warm 88 °F. The chance of rain is equal to May and the ocean temperature is around 82 °F. Night time temperatures are around 73 °F.

JULY

In July, Turks & Caicos officially enters the low season and temperatures are as warm as it gets with 90 °F. The chance of rain is around the same level as May and June. The ocean temperature is around 82 °F and night time temperatures are around 75 °F.

AUGUST

n August, much like July, the temperatures in Turks & Caicos are as warm as it gets with 90 °F. The chance of rain is comparable to the months of May until July and the ocean temperature is around 84 °F. Night time temperatures are around 75 °F.

SEPTEMBER

The daytime temperatures in Turks & Caicos in September are 90 °F. The chance of rain increases slightly compared to previous months and the ocean temperature is around 84 °F. Night time temperatures are around 73 °F.

OCTOBER

In October, the temperatures in Turks & Caicos drop slightly to 88 °F. Expect tropical showers on some days, which often makes place for sunshine quickly. The ocean temperature is around 84 °F. The night time temperatures are around 73 °F.

NOVEMBER

The temperature in Turks & Caicos drops to a comfortable 84 °F in November. Expect tropical showers on some days, which often makes place for sunshine quickly. The ocean temperature drops a few degrees and is around 82 °F. Night time temperature is around 72 °F this month. Make sure to join the Conch Festival in the last weekend of November!

DECEMBER

In December, Turks & Caicos’ peak season starts and the temperature is around 81 °F. The chance of rainfall decreases significantly towards the end of the month and the ocean temperature is around 81 °F. Night time temperatures are around 70 °F. Ideal circumstances for a tropical getaway and a spectacular NYE!

HOW TO GET THERE

There are two full service international airports in Turks and Caicos. They are located on Providenciales and Grand Turk. There is also a smaller more limited entry airport located on South Caicos. All other islands have domestic airports, with the exception of East and West Caicos, which are uninhabited.

Visitors must hold a valid passport. Proof of onward transportation is also required on entry.

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BY THE SEA 

You can arrive to the Turks and Caicos by the sea. There are a number of facilities at Providenciales, including a full service marina at Turtle Cove Marina as well as entry facilities. Other marinas on Providenciales include South Side Marina, Leeward Marina and Caicos Marina and Shipyard. Another popular docking point is Sapodilla Bay on Providenciales’ south side

WHERE TO STAY

Grace Bay Beach

is doubtless the best area to stay for those searching for perfect harmony and world-class diving. Its all-oceanfront suites with pools and family-friendly villas are excellent choices for travelers seeking Caribbean elegance, family vacation, fairy tale wedding, and romantic getaway. If you like diving or you have never tried it before this is the perfect location where to stay in Turks and Caicos here diving should be the first activity once you come to this paradise. Right off Grace Bay Beach is Coral Gardens, where you can take one of the beginner scuba dive courses. Then, go to seamounts, enjoy watching migrating humpback whales, and don’t miss exciting diving excursions in a 1,000 feet (305 m) deep ocean on the north side. After the day full of adrenaline, grab a cold drink, and spend relaxed time with your kids next to a heated swimming pool. Discover the advantage of a peaceful, shady cabana or try complimentary water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing, depending on your temperament and desires.

Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove is a residential region and center of activity that includes the marina, excellent restaurants, and small local shops. Here you can stay in of the luxury and large beachfront villas. Turtle Cove has the largest marina on the island and a sheltered complex for fishing, boat cruise operators, and most water sports businesses. On the other hand, Smith’s Reef, located east of the marina inlet, is ideal for those enjoying snorkeling, diving, fishing, Jet Skiing, waterskiing, and banana boat rides. Once you dive, look for hawksbill turtles, anemones, sea cucumbers, and green parrotfish. After getting to know the beauties of the underwater world, you can taste fresh seafood and top-quality wine in the local restaurant with a breathtaking ocean view. Then, take a romantic walk, find one of the excellent golf courses, or admire the glamorous set of anchored yachts, depending on your preferences.

Long Bay Hills

Long Bay Hills is considered the trendy place, where the highest interior residential area of the Long Bay Region, including a few hill ridges parallel to the beach. If you are a history lover, go to the Crist Point and Bird Rock Trail in the east and enjoy the remaining ruins and the former plantation. Then, take a look at the famous freighter ship La Famille Express’ wreck.

Take a walk along 3 miles (4,8 km) long beach that fronts the residential part of Long Bay Hills. Stepping through white sand with an incredible view of shallow turquoise water will provide you with a special feeling. Be careful and take care to avoid stepping on old shells. It can be quite painful. The beach is accessible from several sides. The best option is a boardwalk next to the Shore Club that leads directly to the beach. Besides, you can use paved parking when coming by car.

Grand Turk

Grand Turk is the largest island in the archipelago where administrative, financial, historical, and cultural center are located.  The island’s name comes from a cactus recognizable by a cap reminiscent of an Ottoman fez. Since the area is not too big, you can go anywhere on foot, but it is better to rent a car if you have only a day for sightseeing.

If you enjoy pristine beaches, discovering wetlands, and snorkeling, Grand Turk is the right place for you to stay. You should also visit St Mary’s Anglican Church, Her Majesty’s Prison, and Victoria Library in Cockburn Town. Don’t miss visiting the National Museum and learn something about the Taino peoples, ship salvaging, and the Molasses Reef Wreck. If you are romantic, walk to the elegant Grand Turk Lighthouse built-in 1852, the only one on the Turks and Caicos.

WHAT WE LOVE

Turks and Caicos has managed to remain an under-the-radar Caribbean destination for years, staying relatively undeveloped.

WHERE TO TASTE GREAT FOOD

Coyaba

Set in a lovely tropical garden, this Grace Bay favorite from chef and owner Paul Newman has been drawing regulars for nearly two decades. The signature menus change often, but always feature international dishes crafted from Caribbean-sourced fruits, herbs, spices and seafood; think tuna loin wrapped in potato and served with tamarind stir fry, papaya ginger and mango wasabi, or chicken breast with jerk spices, ackee croquettes and pick-a-peppa gravy.

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Coco Bistro

 

Coco Bistro is the domain of executive chef and owner Stuart Gray, a Canadian expat who honed his craft working in celebrated kitchens around the world before running the kitchen at one of Grace Bay Club’s fine-dining restaurants. Conch two ways, pepper-crusted local tuna and crispy Caicos lobster with avocado spring rolls are just some of the culinary delights that await guests of this Grace Bay bistro, where everything is served in a magical alfresco setting inside the largest palm grove on the island.

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Somewhere Café and Lounge

It is considered a prime location of Grace Bay Beach –  plus the advantage of being in the only two-floor structure on the shore — has helped make this casual café a popular choice for enjoying the sunset, rum punch in hand. Come early to snag a rooftop daybed, then stay after the sun goes down for DJs or live music, Tex-Mex-inspired eats and homemade baked goods.

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Let us arrange you a private chef that will be delighted to cook some great food for you during your vacation.

BEST SHOPPING

Flavors of the Turks and Caicos

Commonly referred to as FOTTAC, this is a great place for food and drink souvenirs. Part of the Regent Village shopping area

Making Waves

Sara Alexandra Skye displays her gorgeous sea- and sky-scapes at this studio and showroom in Regent Village.

Paradise Arts

Paradise Arts is both a gallery and shop, with a wide selection of home goods, prints, paintings, jewelry, and more.

Wish

This clothing boutique is located inside the Palm hotel but open to the public. The shop carries everything you might want during a beach vacation, from

Providenciales and the Caicos islands are still a work in progress when it comes to shopping, although an increasing number of small shopping “villages” or plazas have cropped up along Grace Bay Road including the Ocean Club Plaza, Regent Village, and Le Vele plaza. The older shopping plazas are the Saltmills (Grace Bay Rd.), which has seven shops, including a wine-and-liquor store, and several restaurants; and Ports of Call (Grace Bay Rd.), with eight shops and several restaurants.

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THINGS NOT TO MISS

Chalk Sound National Park for exquisite turquoise waters. This 5km long bay by Providenciales has several tiny islets and has some of the clearest blue water on the island.

Snorkelling and relaxing in Grace Bay is a stupendously beautiful bay which curls along the north shore of Providenciales for 12 miles (19 km) and is lined with powdery white sands.

Explore some local places and experience the culture of the island life at the nearby, sparsely populated islands of North and Middle Caicos through a scenic drive with short stops made to admire the views.

Practice yoga and Spa Treatments at Amanyara a spectacular retreat designed to improve health and well being. After a morning’s yoga workshop, relax in one of the Japanese baths.

Explore the Flamingo Pond Nature Reserve home to a large sanctuary of West Indian Flamingos.

Best Diving: Northwest point on Providenciales for a brilliant dive site, where you can spot eels and many other fish.

 

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