5 Things you Should Know Before you Visit Turks and Caicos

If you have already decided to spend your vacation in Turks and Caicos you may be interested in learning a little bit more about the destination before you arrive. So, get your Turks and Caicos vacation rentals booked, and your spending money at the ready and learn more about one of the world’s most beautiful places.

1. The Tropical Climate

The islands of Turks and Caicos are well-known for their tropical climate, temperatures usually reach around and above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius) and the coldest temperatures this part of the world experiences is typically about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius). Although these temperatures do not seem too high, there is often a lot of humidity which can make your destination seem so much warmer.

With around 350 days of sun per year, the islands are occasionally home to hurricanes, something you may want to be aware of if you’re visiting between June and November. Although the area doesn’t always suffer too badly from hurricanes, it’s always worth checking to see if the islands are expecting anything adverse weather, so you can plan accordingly.

Please note that if you plan to visit Turks and Caicos between November and March you should expect it to be quite busy. This is when most of the tourists turn up, and subsequently, claim a patch of the beach so they can work on their tan. Most of the island’s activities take place during these months, so if you’re hoping to catch a cultural or music festival, this is the right time to come to these islands of paradise.

2. Be Prepared to Spend Money

Although the Turks and Caicos Islands are not destinations that some people automatically think of when they’re planning their vacation, staying here can cost quite a lot. Food, drink, and travel is a little more expensive than it is in other parts of the world, but you will be getting good quality all the way. When it comes to staying in accommodation your money will pay for a luxury service, fine foods, and a personal and intimate stay. When you take all of this into consideration, and you see exactly what you’re being offered, then the price won’t seem very expensive after all.

You may find that you’re occasionally approached by tour operators trying to tempt you into taking a tour on a yacht or around the island, and some of these tours really are worth the money. However, if you have already made plans politely decline and you won’t be tempted to spend even more money.

3. Things to Take with you

One of the most important things you’ll need to take with you on vacation to Turks and Caicos is insect repellent as the islands are home to a lot of insects including mosquitoes who will happily feast on you if you’re not protected. My advice is to always carry some repellent with you so you can reapply it should you need to. You may also want to have a big bottle of repellent in your hotel room or villa so those pesky insects won’t be tempted to bite you when you’re having a quiet day indoors.

When it comes to packing clothing, you may want to think about taking swimwear with you so you can lounge on the beach during the day. If you plan to visit a swanky restaurant in the evening you’ll need something appropriate. However, if you’re not in the mood for a spot of fine dining then casual but slightly dressy summer wear should do nicely.

4. Methods of Transportation

When it comes to getting around the islands, you may wish to know that there are usually plenty of taxis or private car services available for hire. Travelling this way can be quite expensive so you may want to think about hiring a car so you can make your own way around the islands. One of the very first things that you may want to do when you land is to hire a taxi to take you to your villa or hotel. The good news is there are usually quite a few taxis ready and waiting at the airport to help you get where you need to be.

If you love travelling by bicycle you’re bound to love your time on the Turks and Caicos Islands as the terrain is flat, and therefore ideal for those who love to pedal here and there. Bikes are usually available to rent at hotels and resorts, so feel free to take a trip around the islands your way.

5. The Attractions

Home to the world’s 3rd largest coral system and incredibly beautiful and clean beaches, the Turks and Caicos Islands are ideal for anyone who loves to bathe in the sun, or simply stroll along the beach, occasionally dipping a toe in the sea. The beaches are magnificent and have white sand that’s nicely soft, and water that’s turquoise and ready and waiting for you to dive right in.

If you’re a bit of a nature lover you may want to think about visiting the area between January and April as Humpback whales can often be spotted nearby. This is also the ideal destination if you’re a bird lover too as there are an incredible 170+ species of birds that call this part of the world their home.

With ‘Thursday Fish Fry’ on offer, cruises that take place at night, and the ideal location for a whole range of water sports, there really is something for everyone.

Now you know a little bit more about the Turks and Caicos Islands, you can plan your time away accordingly, and get ready to enjoy a vacation you’ll never forget.

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