Turks and Caicos Islands holidays offer a series of delightfully welcoming and exciting adventures...
This British territory has a wealth of attributes that set it apart as a premier destination on the world map.
From the minute you set foot off the plane at Providenciales International Airport (PLS), you're met with a wall of warmth – due to the tropical climate and the welcoming people who all seem keen to make sure you have the best time possible. It's the pristine beaches that make the Turks and Caicos Islands stand out that little bit more than some of their neighbours, though. The soft, powdery white sands are met by calm, warm waters – a fusion of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean – and are regarded as some of the clearest diving conditions on the planet.
Away from the beaches, the diversity of these islands is another big plus point. The eight inhabited islands all have a unique personality and offer varying experiences. The casino and lively bars of Provo and Providenciales of North Caicos, for example, are a far cry from the laid-back Pillory Beach of Grand Turk. This refreshing diversity is also to be found in the islands' shops. Large chains haven't quite made shore here; small, independent traders still rule and you'll find many a bargain in the backstreets where local arts and crafts are displayed.
When it comes to the high-quality restaurants, seafood is usually the speciality. For a great dining experience, grab a table at one of the laidback restaurants right on the beach, before heading back to the luxury hotel, apartment or private villa that is your home during your Turks and Caicos holidays.
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With even winter temperatures averaging in the mid-20Cs, holidays to Turks and Caicos Islands are popular throughout the year...
The Turks and Caicos Islands enjoy a drier climate than most of their Caribbean cousins, and the near-constant breeze cools hot summer days and lowers humidity. Temperatures can fluctuate across the year, though, so expect around 24C from December to May, but around 30C from June to November.
As you’d expect from a group of islands scattered across the Caribbean Sea, most of the annual events here look to the water...
Cinco De Mayo; May: Head for Providenciales where things at this time of year take a distinctly Mexican turn. Traditional food, music, drink and dance from Mexico are celebrated in Turtle Cove.
Big South Regatta; May: Each May, South Caicos takes its turn to shine with a spectacular regatta that lays on an abundance of entertainment. Boat races, music concerts, beauty pageants, feasts, and lots of fun are the ingredients of this huge party.
Game Fishing Tournament; June: Grand Turk is the start and finishing point of one of the Caribbean's biggest angling contests. A huge prize goes to anyone who can break the record for the biggest Marlin caught – currently 190kgs. There is plenty of action on the beach, too, with live bands, volleyball competitions and giant barbecues.
No matter what your age or energy level, there’s an experience in the Turks and Caicos Islands for you...
Active types: Head for Smith's Reef in Providenciales where you can dive with humpback whales or snorkel with turtles.
Relaxing: Bleached-blond sands washed by gentle, clear waves make an inviting place to spend some time with your favourite book.
Grown-up families: Everyone will enjoy handling live conches – the inhabitants of the huge, pink-lipped shells you'll find on the beach – at Providenciales Conch Farm.