This is a guest post from Seb from Aspiring backpacker dot com
The Turks and Caicos Islands are a group of 40 coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Miami (USA) and the Bahamas. This archipelago is actually a British Overseas Territory that is divided into two groups – the smaller Turks Islands group and the larger Caicos Islands group.
I have always been a fan of alternative travel options and although these islands are not a name that you hear every day, it is certainly one of my favorite destinations when it comes to an amazing beach getaway. I thought I should let you in on my guide to the Turks and Caicos Islands, I hope you enjoy it
How to Reach The Turks and Caicos Islands
The great thing about the Turks and Caicos Islands is that they are only a few hours from New York City and an hour and a half from Miami, which makes them very accessible and a convenient location for a summer holiday or even a little winter escape.
American Airlines runs multiple flights from Miami and New York City to the Providenciales International Airport, which is the main entry point to this group of islands. Landing here will get you inside the Caicos Islands, and you can start your journey to the other islands. Please note, that there is another airport in this island group – Grand Turk JAGs McCartney International Airport but it doesn’t service any international flights as yet.
Things to do in The Turks and Caicos Islands
With close to 400 kilometers of white sand beaches and some of the most amazing coral reefs on the planet the Turks and Caicos Islands are without a doubt the gem of the Caribbean and one of the lesser-known destinations to visit. The best way to enjoy this is of course one of the luxurious Turks and Caicos villas and are the perfect compliment to the amazing beaches and beautiful sunny weather that you will undoubtedly experience there.
The islands are home to the third largest barrier reef on the planet, which makes for some incredible swimming, snorkeling, diving and scuba diving. Of course simply getting out onto the open water and experiencing it all is another very noteworthy past time there.
When to go to the Turks and Caicos Islands
One of the biggest reasons to visit the Turks and Caicos islands is, of course, the amazing year round weather that I mentioned above. It really doesn’t matter where you come from in the world; you always know that you are going to get good weather there. The months of August and September are the hottest months of the year with average high temperatures of around 31 degrees Celsius. The coldest months are during January and February, which are still relatively warm with an average of 23 degrees Celsius. This is still perfect to enjoy the sunshine! Of course it is important to be aware of the hurricane season, which lasts from June to November, but this should not be an issue as the weather is very manageable during this this time.
Getting around in the Turks and Caicos Islands
There are a number of taxis on the islands, but the best way to navigate the island is by renting a car. The islands are actually a British Overseas Territory, which means that they follow the customs of the United Kingdom. This means that you will be driving on the left side of the road and the steering wheel of your car will also be on the other side! Don’t worry though, it won’t take long to get used to this, but you just need to be careful at first.
What to speak in the Turks and Caicos Islands
English is the official language of Turks and Caicos and this is due to the fact that it is a British Overseas Territory (as I mentioned above). Most people should be able to get by fine with this very common world language!
Money in the Turks and Caicos Islands
The US dollar is used in Turks and Caicos, which is also very convenient if you are coming from the United States and is also very easy to exchange money into the US dollar from anywhere in the world. Keep in mind that the costs are very high in the Turks and Caicos Islands, so it is definitely not a budget destination.
Have you visited the Turks and Caicos Islands already? If so, let me know in the comments.