The best time to go to the Turks and Caicos Islands is generally between the months of January through to May. At this time, the weather is warm and tropical with over 7 hours of sunshine per day.
Consider travelling to the region in April or May, here you can take advantage of cheaper flights and accommodation with the islands tending to be less crowded. With the average temperature staying almost at a constant between 28°C to 32°C, planning a trip to Turks and Caicos is perfect really anytime of the year.
Bear in mind when booking though, that hurricane season runs from the months of June through to November, with the worst of the storms most likely in the latter months.
The Turks and Caicos are a cluster of beautiful, paradise islands that are truly something to behold. Endless wind-swept white sandy beaches blend into warm, turquoise waters that boast the most spectacular, colourful reefs. The island’s here are lined with world-class, luxurious resorts and beach bars that has made the Turks and Caicos a luxury tourism destination.
It is a British Overseas Territory that consists of more than 40 small islands and cays. Eight inhabited islands are separated into two island groups; the Turks Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay and the Caicos Islands of South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales, Pine Cay and Parrot Cay.
Capital City: Cockburn Town
Currency used in Turks and Caicos: US Dollars with some resorts, hotels and restaurants accepting traveller’s cheques and most major credit cards.
Airports: JAGS McCartney International Airport | Providenciales International Airport | North Caicos Airport | Salt Cay Airport | South Caicos Airport
Visa & Entry Requirements: You must carry a valid passport and return ticket. Most countries do not require a Visa but you can check out any further requirements here.
Average temperature in Turks and Caicos: The hottest months are July and August at an average of 30°C and coolest from January to March at around 25°C.
What to do in the Turks and Caicos
Culture & Festivities
Locals from the Turks and Caicos Islands enjoy and celebrate many festivities throughout the year whether they be cultural or for pure entertainment. These islanders are mainly descendants of Africans who were brought in to work on plantations as slaves. Over the years, with different European colonies trying to rule these islands, the population grew and diversified and now consists of British, Americans, Bahamians, Canadians, French and people from Hispaniola.
With this culturally- diverse population, traditions and festivals are still celebrated on the islands along with more recent festivities that invites everyone from around the world to join in on.
Junkanoo Jump Up
An event celebrated by many in Turks and Caicos dating back to the 16th century when slaves were giving New Years Day off to celebrate with their families. Still to this day, at the stroke of midnight on 1st January, everyone gathers in the streets with handmade costumes and instruments to sing and dance the night away right through to dawn.
It’s a thrilling experience to get involved with and join the locals in their celebrations .
Turks and Caicos Music and Cultural Festival
Get into your rhythm and dance away to the sounds of Soul, Hip-Hop and R&B with the Turks and Caicos Music and Cultural Festival. This event is held towards the end of July and start of August where you can see local and international performers bring their incredible music to the stage.
There is also a beauty pageant and a festival of booths set up to honor cultural entities such as food and dress of the Turks and Caicos.
Valentine’s Day Cup
As the name suggests, this event is held on Valentines Day. It is held at Bambarra beach in Middle Caicos Island, although the Valentine’s Day Cup isn’t your normal yachting regatta, this event features a race between model remote-controlled boats were competitors race towards the finish line in the most beautiful and well-designed boats.
It’s fascinating to watch and something that will keep the kids entertained.
Turks and Caicos Kite Flying Competition
A great day out for the family, this event is held on Easter Monday throughout many parts such as Grand Turk, Providenciales and North Caicos. It invites everyone to join in where participants design their own handmade kites with competitions being held and prizes given out for largest, smallest, and most artistic kite.
Even if you are not taking part, it’s a fun day out to see the crowds gather and witness the many varieties of kites in the air.
Salt Cay Day
Held on the undisturbed islet of Salt Cay, near the capital island of Grand Turk. This traditional Caribbean festival takes place over three days at the end of April were people gather to take part in kite flying, maypole dancing, pageants and bicycle races.
Music is performed throughout the event with food stalls set up where you can taste some delicious culinary treats.
Big South Regatta
This yacht regatta is held at the end of May on the island of South Caicos where you can see professional and amateur sailors take the waters to compete in one of the islands biggest races.
Spectators are kept entertained on the shore throughout the day with live music and cultural shows and to witness the winner come across the line.
Best beaches in Turks and Caicos
The Turks and Caicos is home to some of the world’s best beaches that boast the most colourful turquoise waters you have seen alongside stunning white sandy shores that really are a picture postcard with the title ‘Wish you were here’.
Let’s visit some of the best beaches that the Turks and Caicos has to offer:
Half Moon Bay
This beautiful piece of paradise is located between Water Cay and Little Water Cay which can be got to by boat. It is actually the top boat excursion destination in the Turks and Caicos.
Here you will find a white sandy beach that remains untamed with tall palm-trees swaying overhead and a beautiful crystal clear lagoon.
It’s perfect for nature lovers as you will be able to see the Rock Iguana scampering over the sand dunes and tiny lemon sharks swimming calmly in the waters.
Grace Bay Beach
Located on the north coast of Providenciales, Grace Bay beach is recognised as one of the world’s most famous beaches and definitely a must visit when looking to relax on a warm, sandy shore when you take a trip to the Turks and Caicos.
The beach itself is made up of stunning, soft white sand that blends perfectly into the most beautiful turquoise waters.
The bay here is protected by an amazing, colourful reef barrier that calms the waters allowing for a perfect place for swimming and snorkelling, especially for small children. There are also some great scuba dive sites where you can see small tropical fish.
Take a 7-minute drive east from Grace Bay and you will come across the quiet Leeward Beach. This is the perfect place if you are looking to get away from the crowds that can gather on the more popular beaches such as Grace Bay.
Here you will discover a tranquil white sandy beach with beautiful, warm turquoise waters.
The eastern side of Leeward Beach has much calmer waters and is ideal for kayaking and wakeboarding.
Long Bay Beach
Visit the beautiful and scenic Long Bay Beach in Providenciales. There are a number of coasts in the Turks and Caicos named Long Bay, however nothing compares to this beach as it is one of the most popular beaches for kiteboarding.
This incredible stretch of fine white sand is the ideal spot for a beach getaway where you can sit in relax in the golden sun or take a dip in the shallow colourful turquoise waters.
With trade winds coming in from the east is allows for the perfect conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
The captivating Mudjin Harbour can be found on the North West side of the island of Middle Caicos.
Here you will discover a long white sandy beach with towering limestone cliffs overhead along with a system of caves that are great for exploring.
The waters here are perfect for surfing as the breaking surf is one of the top natural attractions in the Turks and Caicos and attracts enthusiastic surfers from around the world.
Pine Cay Beach
This beach is located on the north coast of the island, Pine Cay. This beach boasts incredible colourful clam waters, pristine white sand and views to behold.
Pine Cay Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations for people to visit in the Turks and Caicos just down to its sheer beauty. Arrive here early in the morning and you could have the entire beach to yourself and soak up the sun’s glory or come here towards the end of the day and watch the sunset disappear over the horizon.
Where to dine
Many restaurants in the Turks and Caicos offer incredible culinary delights that allow you to savour the true taste of the Caribbean. However, there are a number of culinaries from around the world to be enjoyed.
Some of the best restaurants to visit are:
- Coco Bistro – 10 Oak Avenue | Grace Bay Road, Providenciales (Caribbean, Bar, American)
- Ristorante Via Veneto – Ports of Call | Grace Bay, Providenciales (Pizza, Mediterranean, Italian)
- Seven – Grace Bay Road | Seven Stars Resort, Providenciales (Caribbean, American, Bar)
- Kitchen 218 – 218 Lower Bight, Providenciales (Caribbean, Seafood, Contemporary)
- Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar – Grace Bay Circle Road | Grace Bay Club, Providenciales (Caribbean,Seafood,Vegetarian Friendly)
- The Meridian Club Bistro – The Meridian Club, Pine Cay (Caribbean, Contemporary, Seafood)
- Magnolia Restaurant and Wine Bar – 76 Sunburst Road | Turtle Cove, Providenciales (Caribbean, Seafood, Wine Bar
- Coyaba Restaurant – Caribbean Paradise Inn, Grace Bay, Providenciales (Caribbean, Seafood, Fusion)
The Turks and Caicos Islands were originally inhabited by the Taino and Lucayan Indians long before Christopher Columbus ever stood foot on the islands and were the sole residents of the islands for 700 years. After his arrival, the Lucuyan civilisation seemed to disappear with more ships arriving to the islands to cultivate the land. Salt was a huge commodity at the time and the shallow shores of the islands were ideal for salt raking.
In 1706, the French and Spanish captured the Turks and Caicos from the Bermudians although four years later, the British took control of it and handed it back to Bermuda but over the years, the place became a haven for pirates and British loyalists fleeing from the American Revolution.
In 1766, after the Turks and Caicos being controlled by many European colonies it then became part of the Bahamas colony. After “the Great Bahamas Hurricane” in 1874, which devastated much of the islands, the Turks & Caicos Islands became dependencies to the British Crown Colony of Jamaica.
Jamaica achieved independence from Britain in 1962 and so Turks & Caicos then became a British Crown colony on its own and still is one to this day.