Turks and Caicos: The Hidden Gem In The Caribbean

Aleta Fimbres 13/03/2017

Turks and Caicos never seems to get the love it deserves, especially when you consider the stunning islands around it such as the Bahamas, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The most interesting this is that I have been to all of these and I personally find that Turks and Caicos beats all of these, it is quite literally the hidden secret of the Caribbean.

How to experience it

The Caribbean is without a doubt one of those places that you need to experience in one of the stunning and luxurious Turks and Caicos villas that are right beside the sea. There is nothing quite like having an experience like this where you savour every moment in paradise. For the holiday destination of a lifetime you naturally need your own little paradise by the beach.

The weather

With great temperatures all year round it is hard to find a reason not to like the Turks and Caicos islands. The islands experience an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius in the winter and 28 degrees Celsius in the summer months. The sea temperature is also quite warm at about 27 degrees Celsius, this is of course absolutely perfect for swimming in and you will never get cold! There is also very little rainfall here and sun for most of the year, do you know anywhere that can compare to that?

The islands

There are forty different cays and islands that make up Turks and Caicos, which makes for endless opportunities to go exploring. There are two main islands and these are called Grand Turk and Providenciales. North Caicos is great for exploring, especially because it is much more lush and has that island tropical feel.

Grand Turk

This is the main island of Turks and Caicos and is often the point where tourists find themselves, especially due to the number of cruise ships that dock here. It has a very interesting colonial history and has been ruled over time by the Spanish, French and British. Each culture left their own footprint on the island and this can be seen mainly in the very interesting architecture here. The Lucayan civilisation (the indigenous people of the islands) is also a very interesting topic that you can learn much more about here, especially in the National Museum in Cockburn Town.

The beaches

We already talked about some of the features that make Turks and Caicos stunning and the beaches are a huge part of this, especially with their crystal clear, blue waters and white sand beaches that just set the scene for a great holiday. The most famous of these beaches is of course Grace Bay Beach, but you can go more or less anywhere on the islands and have a beach experience like no other. Simply get on a boat and go seek out a beach or just walk around, there is a great beach everywhere in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Diving

Last but not least we absolutely need to talk about diving here. This is my absolute favourite place on the planet to go diving and we already talked about the ideal warm waters, sunshine and water clarity, but there are also many other factors that make Turks and Caicos a great diving destination. Firstly the third largest barrier reef in the world is here, which gives a very unique marine ecosystem with many forms of coral and tropical sea life, such as fish, sea turtles and much more. Another great thing to see is the various shipwrecks that dot the seas, which is the holy grail for divers everywhere.

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