The Turks and Caicos are a popular hideaway for the rich and famous, honeymoon couples and families ‘in the know’.
Devoid of crowds, theme parks and duty free megamalls, yet blessed with stunning natural beauty the Turks and Caicos are perfect for a secluded honeymoon holiday.
Commonly known as TCI, the Turks and Caicos consist of seven main islands and about 40 small islands and uninhabited cays.
Providenciales and Grand Turk are home to the majority of the country’s population. Both islands host nearly all of the infrastructure and tourism.
It’s easy here to make yours the only footprints on kilometres of unspoiled powder-white beaches – just perfect for honeymoon couples.
Play Robinson Crusoe on an unspoiled and uninhabited cay, swim, snorkel and dive in gin-clear waters above vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life and enjoy creature comforts at a choice of exclusive resorts that confidently cater to the tastes of affluent visitors.
The crescent-shaped low lying coral island of Providenciales (more commonly known as Provo) is the most developed of the Turks and Caicos.
The larger Caicos group is separated from the Turks by a 35km-wide seawater channel. The main tourist facilities of this self-governing British territory lie around Turtle Cove and Grace Bay.
Explore Provo on foot, mountain bike or by open-top jeep, taking time to visit the Conch Bar Caves, a huge aboveground limestone cave system used by pre-Columbian Lucayan Indians some 600 years ago.
Hike or mountain bike the old Crossing Place Trail, a scenic 18th century coastal path overlooking a series of secluded shallow coves and the blue-green waters of Mudjin Harbour.
See commercially farmed conches (shellfish) at the Caicos Conch Farm, explore a colonial cotton plantation at Cheshire Hall and wander into caves that were once pirate hideaways at Cooper Jack Bay.
Ride a horse at scenic Long Bay or stroll the pristine white sands of Grace Bay – especially beautiful just before sunset – then unwind with a cold drink at the beachside Grace Bay Club.
As the sun sets, relax with a local rum punch then savour a dish of local ‘hominy’ (cooked with dried conch) before heading off to a beach party, nightclub or disco.
Check out the other islands in the Turks and Caicos group on a day trip or longer cruise: snorkel off Salt Cay, watch native rock iguanas at the nature reserve on Little Water Cay, see historic sights on Fort George Cay, dive the Wall off Grand Turk then go ashore and climb a well-worn path to the historic lighthouse that sits above the charming village of Cockburn Town.
Enjoy underwater sites, without getting wet, in a glass bottom semi-submarine, kayak secluded offshore cays and watch humpback whales during their migration between December and April.
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Unwind on some of the most beautiful beaches on earth. All Turks and Caicos beaches are public, including those with private resorts, which are still required to provide public access.
Several charter boat operators offer easy access to the islands’ beaches with a variety of excursions on offer.
The best beaches in the Turks and Caicos, include …
(Providenciales) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this majestic 19km-long sweep of soft white sand that shelves into the calm and clear turquoise waters of Grace Bay.
Follow shallow snorkel trails above coral gardens teeming with colourful marine life in the offshore marine park, just a short swim from what is often described by travel magazines (such as Condé Nast Traveller) as one of the best beaches in the world.
Although there are no public facilities here, a choice of bars, restaurants and hotels dot the beachfront, providing umbrellas and sun loungers for paying guests as well as a range of amenities.
Various non-motorised water sports equipment is also available for hire. Grace Bay is located on the northern shore of Providenciales.
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(Providenciales) – Unwind on the powder-white sands of this 2km-long beach that stretches along the northwest coast of Providenciales.
Hire a four-wheel drive or a water taxi to reach this secluded beach, which sits adjacent to the Northwest Point Marine National Park.
Take your own food and drinks, as there are no facilities on the beach. Or perhaps make a lunch reservation at the luxury Amanyara resort, which offers a range of creature comforts.
(Providenciales) – The soft white sands of this 1.2km-long beach and the calm shallow waters of the reef-protected bay make this a perfect spot for families with young children.
Take your own food and drinks, as there are no facilities or hotels at this secluded spot. A beachfront operation offers horseback rides. Long Bay is situated on Provo's southeastern shore.
(Providenciales) – Unwind on this 400m-long crescent of sugar-white sand that shelves into the clear shallow waters of a sheltered cove that offers perfect swimming conditions for small children.
The beach lies beneath bush-covered sand dunes and is framed by scenic cliffs just south of Chalk Sound on the southern shore of Providenciales.
Sunbathe, swim and enjoy the scenic views of anchored yachts at this unspoiled location. There are no facilities at the beach so you will need to take your own food and drinks.
(Caicos Cays) – Take a water taxi from Provo for a day of acting out Robinson Crusoe scenarios on this idyllic ribbon of powder-soft white sand that links two uninhabited cays.
Relax on the beach, swim in the crystal clear waters and snorkel the small wreck offshore. Half Moon Bay is located between Pine Cay and Water Cay.
(Caicos Cays) – Play Robinson Crusoe on this idyllic atoll ringed by soft powder-white sand and covered in bush-covered sand dunes and occasional palms.
Pack a picnic for a day trip or stay longer at the beachfront Meridian Club.
(Caicos Cays) – Unwind on the white sands of this idyllic beach, home to the exclusive Parrot Cay Resort where you can enjoy a range of creature comforts and mix with celebrities and movie stars.
(North Caicos) – Visit on a day trip to this gorgeous cay ringed by a powder-soft white-sand beach and gin-clear waters or stay longer at the luxurious Royal Reef Resort.
(North Caicos) – Choose from these unspoiled, palm-fringed white-sand beaches that shelve into crystal clear turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling over shallow coral gardens.
Stunning Horse Stable Beach also offers a prime bird-watching spot.
Visit for a day or choose from several luxury beachfront resorts including the Pelican Beach Hotel, where you can enjoy a range of creature comforts.
(Middle Caicos) – This gorgeous white-sand beach lies beneath limestone cliffs, with a choice of shallow coves and clear turquoise waters on either side that make for perfect snorkelling and swimming.
Take your own food and drinks, as there are no facilities or hotels at this secluded spot.
Mudjin Harbour Beach lies on the north shore of Middle Caicos.
(Middle Caicos) – Unwind in the shade of casuarina pines or brush up on your tan on this gorgeous white-sand beach that stretches out to Pelican Cay at low tide.
(South Caicos) – Chill out on this uninhabited cay, featuring excellent swimming and bone fishing on one of the world’s longest sand bars.
(Grand Turk) – Sunbathe on the soft powder-white sands of this gorgeous 500m-long beach.
Relax in the shade beneath gently swaying casuarina trees or snorkel the crystal clear, calm waters that teem with rainbow-hued reef fish. Pack a picnic and stay for the day.
To the south lies a jetty, which often hosts gigantic cruise liners, as well as another stunning long beach that boasts the Grand Turk Cruise Centre. Facilities include umbrellas and sun loungers for hire from a beachside kiosk or the cruise centre.
(Grand Turk) – Pick your own spot to unwind on this long stretch of white sand that stretches for around 4km along the west coast of Grand Turk.
This pristine beach shelves into reef-protected shallows, with ideal snorkelling right off the beach. Come for a day or stay longer at the Bohio Dive Resort.
(Salt Cay) – Get dropped off by a water taxi at this tiny cay and enjoy one of the best white-sand beaches in the Caribbean.
The 3km-long stretch of powder-soft sand shelves into calm turquoise waters scattered with rocks and coral gardens, with excellent snorkelling.
The Turks and Caicos offer an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit most honeymoon budgets, including the following…
The Venetian on Grace Bay
Location: Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Ave nightly price: AUD1,411 per room
Description: With an amazing beachfront setting on Grace Bay, The Venetian on Grace Bay features luxurious accommodations, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa. On landscaped grounds, this beautiful resort also includes a range of sports facilities. Each spacious suite at The Venetian on Grace Bay has terrace and ocean views. All suites have attractive, white décor and dark wood furnishings. There is also a kitchen, which can be stocked upon arrival, upon request. Guests can enjoy Caribbean and international cuisine, including tapas dishes, in the Venetian’s restaurant. A private chef is also available. A grocery store can be found a 5-minute walk away. The spa offers treatments including massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. The resort is within a 5-minute walk of Neptune Bay. The Hole is just over 1 mile away.
The Tuscany on Grace Bay
Location: Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Ave nightly price: AUD1,250 per room
Description: The Tuscany is on the Grace Bay Beach and features an extensive garden, a tennis court, a golf course and spa treatments. The resort’s terrace has a swimming pool. The apartments feature classic décor, air conditioning, a living area and a full kitchen. The bathroom includes a soaking bathtub and the balconies have stunning Grace Bay views. All of the rooms have free Wi-Fi. Guests at this complex can ask for a stove service and they can also buy groceries at Graceway Gourmet, a 5-minute drive from the property. Restaurants and bars are within 220 yards of the property. BBQ facilities, massage services, car rental and a gym are available as well at The Tuscany on Grace Bay. Activities such as diving, horseback riding, boating, fishing, hiking and snorkeling can also be arranged. This property is 3.5 miles from Caicos Conch Farm and 10.5 miles from Cheshire Hall. Providenciales International Airport is 7.5 miles from the property.
Parrot Cay by Como
Location: Sandy Point, Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Ave nightly price: AUD751 per room
Description: On a private island and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, this property has rooms and villas with a private pool. Parrot Cay by Como is in Turks and Caicos, and has free airport transportation. These luxury accommodations feature a holistic spa, where open-air yoga lessons can be practiced. It has grounds with hot tub and Japanese baths, as well as a large infinity pool. The rooms at Parrot Cay by Como are bright and spacious. They feature Balinese furniture and a minimalist décor in light colors. Some offer views of the sea or the gardens, and room service is available. The hotel features 2 restaurants. Lotus is a poolside restaurant that serves Caribbean and Asian cuisine, and Terrace Restaurant has Mediterranean dishes. The staff can arrange non-motorized water activities on the beach. Providenciales Island and its airport are a 35-minute ride away by boat.
Grace Bay Club
Location: Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Ave nightly price: AUD955 per room
Description: This impressive resort is on Grace Bay Beach, on Providenciales, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It offers an extensive spa, 3 outdoor pools and a private beach area. The stylish, air-conditioned suites at Grace Bay Club feature free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. Each one has a private terrace with ocean views. The resort’s Anacaona Restaurant serves European-Caribbean fusion cuisine, while the Grill Rouge and Krave Restaurants offer international dishes in an informal environment. There is also a pool bar and an infinity bar which stretches right to the ocean. The Anani Spa offers a range of fitness and massage treatments. There is also a fitness center and tennis courts. For children there is the Kids’ Town, which offers entertainment, arts and crafts. There is a golf course just a 2 minute drive from Grace Bay Club, and the nearby beaches are great for scuba diving and other water sports. Providenciales Airport is a 12 minute drive away.
The Regent Grand
Location: Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Ave nightly price: AUD919 per room
Description: Located on Grace Bay Beach, this boutique resort boasts a mosaic-tiled infinity pool, 2 hot tubs and is only a 5-minute drive from Provo Golf Club. Spacious oceanfront guest suites feature fully equipped kitchens, private balconies with panoramic views, and free WiFi. The suites feature modern decor and flat screen TV's. All suites have separate living and dining areas, full kitchens, adjoining rooms and en-suite bathrooms. Guests can work out in the Nautilus gym, borrow bikes to explore locally, play tennis on the flood lit courts, or enjoy an in-room massage. The beach and pool areas are well supplied with chaises and umbrellas and beach attendants provide towel service and complimentary bottled water. Guests can choose to grab a cocktail and lunch from Harvey's poolside bar, or The Vix Restaurant which offers indoor and alfresco dining. Serving a mix international cuisine with a Caribbean twist, The Vix offers an extensive wine list and worldwide beers. This property is adjacent to The Regent Village, the center of tourism in Providenciales. Snorkeling is available at Coral Gardens, and Providenciales Airport is approximately 15 km away.
The Palms Turks and Caicos
Location: Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Ave nightly price: AUD731 per room
Description: Located at the ocean front, The Regent Palms features an infinity outdoor swimming pool, gym with personal trainer and spa and wellness center. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are available. The rooms include a kitchenette with coffee maker and refrigerator. Some of the features include safes and DVD and CD players. The 2 restaurants at the Regent Palms serve Caribbean specialties. They also offer organic dishes and beverages as part of the fitness program. Guest can find a range of shopping facilities within a 5 minute walk. The marina and a golf course can be reached with a 10 minute walk. Providenciales International Airport is a 15 minute drive from the property.
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The best time to visit the Turks and Caicos is during the dry season between November to May when the average daily temperature sits around 27°C (80°F) with a high of 29°C (84°F) and a low of 25°C (77°F).
The best diving is between April and July, when it is also outside the busy tourist season of mid-December to mid-April during which prices skyrocket.
The heaviest rains fall in the winter months of September to December and during the hurricane season, which officially lasts from July to November.
For more climate info: Turks and Caicos Weather Guide…
The Turks and Caicos (commonly known as TCI) are a British Overseas Territory, and include more than 40 islands and cays comprising the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands, which together form the southeast end of the Bahamas group of islands.
The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas, northeast of Cuba and north of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
The most convenient route to the Turks and Caicos is by air to Providenciales International Airport (PLS), the main entry point for the Turks and Caicos Islands, located 2km (1.2mi) west of Providenciales Town, and 16km (10mi) from Grace Bay.
Providenciales International Airport (PLS) receives daily nonstop flights from North America, as well as from several Caribbean islands.
Alternatively, you can fly into JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT), the territory's other international airport, located near the capital, Cockburn Town, on Grand Turk Island.
Other airports include, North Caicos Airport, Salt Cay Airport and South Caicos Airport.
The Turks and Caicos is an archipelago nation consisting of six main islands – Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay.
Providenciales and Grand Turk host most of the country's population, and consequently flights and ferries mainly operate around these two hubs.
Domestic flights and passenger ferries are the primary means of transport between islands.
Both Caicos Express Airways (caicosexpress.com) and InterCaribbean Airways (intercaribbean.com) offer charter and scheduled flights between islands.
Domestic ferry routes in the Turks and Caicos include Providenciales – North Caicos, Providenciales – South Caicos, and Grand Turk – Salt Cay.
North Caicos and Middle Caicos are the only two islands in the country connected by a road causeway.
On land, hire cars and taxis are the main means of getting around. There are no public transport services in the Turks and Caicos.
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Latest update: Turks and Caicos: 11 March, 2020
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