The Caribbean is widely known as the ultimate destination for an abundance of sun, sand, and sea, and Turks and Caicos is one of the best locations for just that. But it’s not just the great weather that gives Turks and Caicos its appeal.
The history, culture, food, and scenery, amongst other attributes, all play a part in making the islands a perfect destination for holidaymakers. So, if you’re curious about what Turks and Caicos has to offer, here are five reasons to visit this year.
For any culture lovers out there, Turks and Caicos is the place to visit as it’s packed full of fascinating history and plenty of culture to enjoy.
If you’re interested in delving into the depths of Turks and Caicos history, the Turks and Caicos National Museum has to be your first stop. Here you’ll find exhibitions and artefacts on everything from slavery to nature and the environment.
Next on any culture vulture’s list should be Her Majesty’s Prison which was built in the 1830s and, before its 1994 closure, was used to hold prisoners who committed petty crimes such as drunkenness.
The Caribbean is renowned for throwing a great party and Turks and Caicos is no exception. Regardless of which time of year you visit, there will always be a party for you to get involved in.
From parties and festivals to extravaganzas and celebrations, the constant stream of fun in Turks and Caicos will leave even the biggest of party animals satiated.
Visit in July and August for the annual Crop Over Festival, which celebrates another successful year of sugar cane harvest, and it doesn’t do things by halves. At the festival, you’ll find street food, dancing, and live music, along with the Grand Kadooment, a lively carnival, which is the grand finale of Crop Over.
If you fancy partying with the locals, it won’t be a challenge to scope out a beach party nearby and it will provide you with a great opportunity to sample some of that famous Caribbean rum.
You won’t have had a taste of the full potential of the islands until you wine and dine yourself with the Turks and Caicos cuisine. Regardless of your tastes, the many restaurants and bars on the islands will keep you more than satisfied.
For sophisticated dining, Kitchen 218 will meet all of your foodie needs. In a tranquil setting, next to the pool and surrounded by tropical gardens, this restaurant will serve you up artistically presented local food which will leave nothing to be desired.
For a more relaxed meal on the beach, Beach Deck will grant your wishes. Situated on the renowned Grace Bay Beach, this restaurant will serve you lunch in paradise or dinner beneath the stars.
Turks and Caicos calls itself home to Grace Bay Beach which has been voted as the most beautiful beach in the world. There are a great many resorts situated on this beach, such as Blue Haven Resort in Turks and Caicos, so that you can enjoy Grace Bay to its full potential.
But it’s not just Grace Bay Beach in which you can delight; Turks and Caicos has an abundance of gorgeous beaches where you can relax, sunbathe, and even get involved in water sports.
The tours and excursions
If sitting on the beach isn’t your style, you’ll still have plenty to do on the islands as they host a wide range of tours, excursions, and day trips.
For a real taste of Turks and Caicos, pay a visit to the Conch farm where you can see where this staple in the Caribbean diet is reared. The conch farm tour takes you through the life cycle of the Caribbean Queen Conch, and you will be able to see and touch them in their nurseries.
If you fancy something a bit more adventurous, head out with Caicos Dream Tours where you can go snorkelling, beach cruising, and enjoy a delicious barbecue!
This is just scratching the surface of why Turks and Caicos is a great holiday destination for 2017 – go to find out for yourself!