Located in the Caribbean, southeast of the Bahamas and home to serene waters, breathtaking beaches and some of the most exciting coral reefs in the world, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a holiday destination like no other. Whether you want to relax and enjoy the sand and sea, scuba to see the teeming masses of wildlife or spend your time zipping across the water there really is something for you.
Turks and Caicos are made up of 8 major inhibited islands, and some 32 uninhibited islands and quays. To see them all would take you weeks, although island hopping is certainly popular with tourists all year round. To book your trip, visit Coral Gardens Direct and start putting together your perfect package.
This guide offers a fleeting insight into the wonders each of the major islands has to offer.
Home to the Turks and Caicos’ main international airport, Providenciales (Provo for short) is the most developed of the main islands. Famous for its beaches of pure, white sand and sparkling waters, the island has won a number of best beach awards. It is located on the west of the group of islands and is home to a host of lavish accommodation, restaurants, spas and anything else you might need for a luxurious vacation.
You’ll also find a long stretch of coral reef, teeming with aquatic life to the north of the island. Towards the south is a dramatic lake known as Chalk Sound. Venture around the island for a host of unspoiled spots of outstanding natural beauty.
The heart of Turks and Caicos, Grand Turk is home to fantastic diving, magnificent historical buildings and ruins and a number of state of the art yachts, villas and hotels. Grand Turk is the capital of the chain of islands and it was here that Christopher Columbus first found land on his 1492 expedition to the New World.
Colonial buildings, ruins and the Turks and Caicos National Museum can all be found on the island, making it a must visit for history buffs.
A charming secret of the Turks and Caicos, Salt Cay is just 2.5 square miles. It is also steeped in history and is also home to numerous colonial buildings and history dating back to the salt trade of the 1600s.
For the chance to spot humpback whales visit Taylor’s Hill ruins. The peak offers spectacular views of the entire island and is the perfect location to spot birds and migrating whales in January and February time.
Despite recent developments, North Caicos is still home to the plushest plant life on the whole island. Due to the heavy rainfall on the island, plants and animals have flourished here making it a beautiful place to visit all year round. The island is also home to a huge flock of pink flamingos; magnificent creatures should you get the chance to spot them.
At 48 square miles, Middle Caicos is the largest island in the chain. It is home to a dramatic coastline, expansive swampland and a huge cave network. In the north, limestone cliffs and huge sandy beaches are in abundance. All in all, the island is one of the most striking in the Turks and Caicos.
The home of fishing in the Turks and Caicos is without doubt South Caicos. It is also famous for its birdlife, diving and interesting history. Here you’ll find some of the best seafood in the island chain, along with the chance to catch your own on one of the many fishing expeditions that depart from its ports.
Home to ultra-exclusive condos and beach resorts, Parrot Cay is a popular destination for a number of A-List celebrities. Rumour has it that the tiny island was used by smugglers in the 1700s and was aptly named ‘Pirate Cay’.
Last but not least is Pine Cay, certainly worth a visit if you get the chance. Aside from its colourful history, Pine Cay is famous for its beaches and underground fresh water supply. Rainfall is held in the vast porous limestone and floats above the salt water below to form a lens. The water has contributed significantly to the cay’s history, being a calling point for everyone from Columbus to World War II submarines some hundreds of years later.