Turks and Caicos has earned global accolades for its beautiful beaches – long stretches of sparkling white sand beaches meet warm, turquoise hue waters in a symphony of sounds and colours that intrigue even the most sophisticated of travelers.
While Providenciales has earned the most attention for its acclaimed Grace Bay beach, vacationers who appreciate near-deserted beaches should choose spending time on the beaches of South Caicos.
Turks and Caicos consists of the Turks islands, including the capital of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, and the Caicos islands, which consists of six principal islands—South Caicos, East Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales, and West Caicos—and several cays. Only six of the larger cays and two of the smaller cays are inhabited.
Perhaps the most important of historical events on South Caicos was the discovery of the island by Taino and Lucayan Indians, who established farming, salt raking and sea faring industries that prevailed for centuries. The tribes lived peacefully on the islands for almost 700 years. They cultivated almost 50 types of plants, some of which can still be found on undeveloped sections of the islands. They also left a legacy of salt raking and a love of conch, the abundant crustacean that is a symbol of Turks and Caicos cultural identity.
One of the most appealing aspects of a Caribbean vacation is the weather; sunny skies, balmy temperatures and refreshing trade winds provide a welcome reprieve for visitors from cooler climates.
Turks and Caicos in particular offers delightful weather. One of the northernmost destinations in the Caribbean, the idyllic series of islands and cays that make up the upscale British Overseas Territory are usually graced with 350 days of sunshine every year and low humidity levels.
The next time you plan a Turks and Caicos vacation, include taking a walk on the wild side when you prepare your trip agenda. This walk will not lead you to nightclubs, but rather introduce you to the incredible wildlife of South Caicos.
The Big South, as the island is fondly called by residents, is just eight square miles in size, but is replete with wildlife that will please even the most ardent nature lovers.
Turks and Caicos repeatedly earns accolades as one of the top destinations in the Caribbean – and often the world – to visit. The islands have become one of the preferred playgrounds for the rich and famous, and on the bucket list for those who dream of spending a vacation relaxing on the sugar white sand beaches and swimming in the turquoise-colored sea that have made the islands famous.
However, these premier and exclusive conditions come at a price. While in recent years flights to the islands have become more plentiful and affordable, the cost of dining and activities has continued to increase, particularly on the island of Providenciales.
A new, luxury resort on the less developed but equally impressive island of South Caicos now offers an alternative to an expensive vacation. East Bay Resort has introduced an optional Turks and Caicos all-inclusive add-on that features affordable prices and a quality vacation experience.
Watersports have become one of the top activities that visitors enjoy pursuing on the warm, turquoise-coloured waters of Turks and Caicos.
Whether you enjoy kayaking, diving or snorkeling, you will find that Turks and Caicos water sports conditions are ideal year-round. A friendly resident population is always welcoming to visitors who want to engage in water sports, and highly qualified instructors are available to help those to want to learn a new water sport.