The Turks and Caicos Islands, otherwise known as TCI, are one of the top holiday destinations in the Caribbean.
Located on the outer edge of the region, to the east of Cuba and just 600 miles south of Miami, this archipelago of 40 cays and islands has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a foodie feast, you’ll find it here, amongst white sands, crystal clear waters, and azure skies.
It’s little wonder, then, that this previously undiscovered gem is now drawing around 200,000 visitors annually, so here are five reasons why you should be joining them next year.
Obviously, one of the main draws of holidaying in the Caribbean is the warm climate that comes with it and this is no different in TCI.
With around 350 days of sunshine a year, an annual rainfall of just 50mm, and a temperature that rarely drops below 27℃, these islands are perfect for those craving a bit of Vitamin D.
The region is home to some great food and TCI has a fantastic array on offer, whether you’re looking for fine dining or some authentic street food.
For haute cuisine, head to Kitchen 218 which serves up delicious local food with a contemporary twist. The menu was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s writings, who famously sailed the seas around the Caribbean, and features seafood, prime quality meat, and other Caribbean dishes.
For a more laid-back experience, check out Da Conch Shack. As the name suggests, it specialises in the local delicacy which is sourced from the world’s only conch farm, located in TCI. With various dishes on offer, exciting cocktails, and live music, it offers a real taste of the Caribbean.
TCI is a great holiday destination for those looking for a bit of adventure from their visit, with lots of watersports on offer throughout the islands. Whether you fancy a bit of snorkelling, diving, or windsurfing, TCI has some of the best opportunities in the region to get up close to tropical marine wildlife.
For those looking to stay with their feet firmly on land, lots of excursion companies offer trips to surrounding islands where you can see wild flamingoes, colonial plantation houses, and secluded cays.
And, if you’re looking for a bit of culture, the weekly Thursday Fish Fry on Providenciales is a great place to head. Home to local street food, live music, and resident artists, you can really get a feel for the islands.
Due to TCI’s increasing popularity, the islands have a great range of hotels and luxury resorts on offer, meaning you can find the perfect accommodation for your trip. With family-friendly complexes and boutique hotels on offer, there’s something for everyone.
Some of our top picks include Beach House, a luxury couples hotel specialising in relaxation, as well as Blue Haven, which is great for families.
Alternatively, for a more authentic stay, why not check out some offerings on Airbnb?
Finally, one of the best attractions of TCI is the huge range of spectacular beaches, which makes it the perfect holiday destination for those looking to kick back and relax under the sun.
Providenciales is home to the famous Grace Bay Beach, which is regularly voted one of the best beaches in the world, whilst Grand Turk boasts the beautiful Governor’s Beach, which offers fantastic snorkelling and great picnic sites.
For a round-up of all the best spots in TCI, check out this post.