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My Secret Vacation Spot #1: The Turks & Caicos Islands

This little gem of an island chain has an incredible history. Did you know that The Grand Turk was one of the destinations that Christopher Columbus set foot on in the year 1492? The Turks and Caicos Islands have a rich history of seafaring, salt raking and farming that is still present in the culture today. The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 Islands and Cays located about 550 miles south of Florida. These islands are just below the Bahamas chain and just east of Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

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What is the language there?

The official language of the Islands is English and is home to roughly 30,000 full-time residents.

 

What is the currency that they use?

The official currency is the US dollar for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Most of hotels, restaurants, taxis services accept traveler checks. Most major credit cards are also accepted throughout the islands. There are plenty of ATMs around to access your bank account while you are on the islands.

 

Do I need a converter for my electronics?

No, the electricity standard there is 110volt/60 cycle that is suitable for U.S. based appliances.

 

What is the weather like there?

The climate averages between 85 and 90 degrees from the months of June through October. During the later part of the summer, the temperature can spike above 90 degrees. From November to the month of May the average temperature is approximately 80 degrees. The water is fantastic, staying at an average temperature of 70 to 80 degrees. Even though it may be hot there, the constant trade wind keeps the climate on the islands at a very comfortable level.

 

What can I do when there?

This is an excellent destination for those that love the water. Divers and snorkeler like the dive spots for their amazing collection of sea creatures. The water is a beautiful turquoise blue and some love to kayak while there. There is a large array of outdoor activities that you can take advantage of while there. There are 19 sights and landmarks to adventure to. If you are not the outdoor type, then spend the day in a spa with over 19 spas, there are plenty of opportunities just to relax and be pampered.

 

Where can I stay when there?

The Turks and Caicos islands are quite famous for their luxury and service within their hotels and resorts. You will not be disappointed with the vast selection of hotels to choose from.

  • Kokomo Botanical Resort and Spa
  • Airport Hotel
  • Alexandra Resort
  • Amanyara
  • Beach House Turks and Caicos
  • Blue Haven Resort & Marina
  • Blue Horizon Resort
  • Bohio Dive Resort
  • Bottle Creek Lodge

The villas are a great way to enjoy private, convenient and luxurious vacation time on the islands. The villas range from right on the beach to panoramic views with pristine waters and more. Here are some of the top villas to stay at.

  • 3 Cays Villa   
  • 5 Little Cays House
  • Alamandra Villa
  • Allegria
  • Amazing Grace
  • Angel Fish Reef
  • Apartment at La Casita  
  • Aqua Seacliff
  • Aquamarine Beach House
  • Atlantic Ocean Beach Villas   
  • Avalon
  • Bahia Mar

The only true way to experience the Turks and Caicos Islands is to island hop and enjoy each island in the chain. This is one of the reasons that so many people keep coming back to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Most of the islands can be reached by air in 10-25 minutes. So if you are super adventurous, book your trip where you can island hop and take in the full experience of the Turks and Caicos Islands.