Turks & Caicos Islands Vacation

Turks & Caicos

Turks and Caicos is a spectacular group of islands that are situated at 575 miles from the southeast portion of Miami.  These islands cover 193 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean.  It also has the third biggest coral reef in the whole world.  Turks and Caicos Islands are known for the magnificent beaches that tourists love to visit.

Since the islands offer many beaches, many families choose to spend their vacations at the islands.  The islands are not only meant for groups of people who want to enjoy the sea but also for romantic honeymooners.  Familiar water activities include snorkeling, diving and scuba diving. 

Getting to Know the Islands

The blue waters of Turks and Caicos kiss the white, sandy beaches that spread across 230 miles.  The islands, when closely observed, are quite flat but they differ from one another as there are various terrains such as sand dunes and lands that are rich in vegetation.  

The populated islands include:

  • South Caicos
  • Salt Cay
  • North Caicos
  • Grand Turk
  • Middle Caicos
  • Pine Cay
  • Parrot Cay
  • Providenciales—  happens to be the most popular tourist destination in all of Turks and Caicos.  This place is known for its world-class spas and cuisines.  Native dishes and international cuisines, alike, are being served at Providenciales.  

These 8 islands are the only populated islands that have Belongers or those born in the islands. They are one of the most hospitable and friendly folks in the planet.  These people always make sure that their visitors feel relaxed and welcome. 

Grand Turk is the capital city for the entire group of islands.  This city is known for its historical heritage.  This is where the Turks and Caicos National Museum is located.  This museum is the one that houses the infamous Molasses Reef Wreck.  This collection of wreckage is a very significant archeological discovery.  There are also artifacts that are related to Columbus’ expedition. 

Activities for Tourists

There are many activities in Turks and Caicos that families and individuals can choose from.  There are golf and tennis facilities; deep-sea fishing regions and style bone fishing areas.  Other activities include bird watching, horseback riding, sailing, cycling, windsurfing, whale watching, parasailing, kayaking, and spelunking.  The islands offer many networks of caves that spelunkers would surely enjoy.

But none of these activities can beat the number of people who flock the scuba-diving and snorkeling destinations.  The dive spots that have the highest number of visitors each year include:

  • Endymion—a shallow diving spot where the remains of an 18th Century British Warship lies and remains unsalvaged.  This is a good spot for beginners.
  • Point Pleasant—also relatively shallow, this spot has huge corals, caverns, spotted eagle rays, nurse sharks and African Pompano.
  • Turtle Gardens—where the sand and corals are home for the hawksbill turtles.
  • Black Coral Canyon—famous for its large gorge that is naturally carved into the wall face.  The diving depths could be 50-130 feet deep.

Transportation

There are many ways to reach Turks and Caicos.  Flights from American Airlines, British Airways, US Airways, Delta Airlines, and Air Canada reach the islands through direct trips.  The cities that offer flights to the islands are Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Toronto, and London.  Those who come from within the region can choose to fly Bahamas Air; Air Turks & Caicos; Sky King; and Jamaica Express.

Many people choose to stay longer with their vacation once they’ve seen Turks & Caicos—you will definitely be one of them.

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