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All About Turks and Caicos
Located off the southeastern tip of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, Turks and Caicos is a 40-island archipelago with world-renowned beaches and an inviting, tropical climate. Despite only nine islands being inhabited, the mixture of impossibly white sand beaches and spectacular seascapes among dry forest, pineyards, and mangroves is enough to draw visitors year-round. The archipelago comprises two groups: the Caicos Islands and the Turks Islands. Separated by the Turks Island Passage, the Caicos are larger and bustling with life, while the Turks are on the quieter, smaller side. Though size does not limit the plethora of activity to go about on each, ranging from snorkelling and scuba diving to fishing and whale watching.
When not splashing in the stunning waters, many hang out at beach bars to take in the live ripsaw music that was created in Turks and Caicos. And if you frequent a local restaurant, chances are you come across an edible marine snail on the menu called a conch. Every year, the people of Turks and Caicos celebrate this staple in their diet at the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival in November.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Turks and Caicos Islands
Many tend to look for houses for rent in Turks and Caicos between December and March, when you’ll find more moderate temperatures and little-to-no precipitation. The low season stretches from June to November and sees occasional rain showers, hot, muggy weather, and thunderstorms. At the end of the low season each November is the famous Conch Festival. The conch, which appears on the Turks and Caicos flag, is a staple of the local diet, and every year, the marine snail is celebrated with a culinary event that invites people to sample creative spins on the dish. Despite the change in seasons, Turks and Caicos is a year-round destination, and the tropical climate ensures the ocean is always warm enough to take a dip.
Top things to do in Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos has one of the largest barrier reef systems in the world, with some sites only three to six metres deep, making them accessible to beginner scuba divers and snorkelers. More experienced divers can explore The Wall, a section of reef that starts at 15 metres deep before dropping off several thousand metres in West Caicos Marine National Park. Larger marine life, such as sharks and stingrays, can be spotted here.
Grace Bay Beach
Located on the northeast corner of Provo, Grace Bay Beach is a 4.8-kilometre stretch of Turks and Caicos’ finest coastline, with an extensive barrier reef protecting the shores from the Atlantic Ocean. The clear, shallow water is ideal for swimming, paddle boarding, or propping up an umbrella on the sand and relaxing with a book. At night, hop on a sunset cruise, where you may spot the occasional bottlenose dolphin taking a leap into the air.
Turks and Caicos has an extensive above-ground cave network with limestone tunnels full of stalactites. To experience them firsthand, make the trip to Middle Caicos for the 2.4-kilometre Conch Bar Caves. Here, you’ll encounter bats, the islands’ only native mammals. All caves in Turks and Caicos must be explored with a certified tour guide, so be sure to book ahead.