ABOUT The archipelago is made up of more than 40 islands and cays, many of which are uninhabited. Beaches are a main attraction here, notably on the island of Providenciales with both developed tourist areas and deserted shoreline, all with blindingly white sand, palm trees, and calm blue sea. Occasionally the coastline becomes rugged enough for bays and coves with impressive caves. Allegedly home to the Best Beach in the World, breathtaking hues from inviting waters, and legendary diving, snorkeling and fishing. Travel to the Turks and Caicos is easy and efficient. Just a short flight from the east coast of the US, the islands are a tropical classic, a throwback in time where relaxation is unavoidable and rejuvenation ensured. The Turks and Caicos consist of 40 different islands and cays, only 8 of which are inhabited. The islands of the Turks and Caicos are almost as diverse as its people. From the main tourist center of Providenciales to the quiet and tranquil islands of North and Middle Caicos to the historic Capital Island of Grand Turk; each one offers a different experience and a unique character but all offer year round great climate, beaches and underwater activities. The only true way to experience the Turks and Caicos Islands is to experience each island in the entire chain. This is probably why most of the visitors come back to the Turks and Caicos on a regular basis. Middle Caicos and North Caicos represent the best of the environment, with lush green woodlands, the biggest cave network in the Caribbean on Middle Caicos, cottage pond and flamingo pond in North Caicos and a vast range of plant life and birdlife. North Caicos is also an up and coming resort destination with several new projects under development. South Caicos is the center for fishing, with lobster and conch exported from the islands, the historic Cockburn harbour and the natural phenomenon of the boiling hole. This small yet friendly island offers many secluded beaches with awe inspiring views of the turquoise waters and surrounding islands.
CLIMATE The weather in Turks and Caicos is generally always balmy, late summer months can get hot with high temperatures close to 31°C on average sometimes surpassing 38°C when the constant trade winds that usually keep you cool and comfortable die down. Considering this is also peak hurricane season it may be best to visit in the autumn, winter and spring. April to June is the best bet especially when considering hotel bookings since most Turks Caicos resorts reduce their rates after mid April.
BEWARE The level of crime on Providenciales, the first point of arrival into the Turks and Caicos Islands for most visitors and the territory’s economic hub, is higher than on the other islands where incidences of serious crime are rare. Most crime tends to be as a result of opportunistic burglary and theft, although an increase in the incidence of more serious robberies has been reported recently. There have also been a number of armed robberies. Victims of robberies may suffer injuries if they resist. You should avoid carrying large amounts of cash and other valuables and take particular care to safeguard your passport, as this cannot be replaced locally. Use hotel safety deposit facilities to safeguard passports and valuables. If you go to isolated spots or remote islands, or go diving and snorkelling, you should leave your destination details and an expected time of return with a friend, relative, or hotel receptionist. You should avoid isolated spots at night. Standard taxi fares exist for most destinations on the principal islands, however, charges may be applied per person. Clarify the fare with the driver before beginning a journey. Accidents, sometimes serious, are on the increase on the Leeward Highway (Providenciales), especially at night.