The Turks and Caicos Islands is a luxury destination, popular for its powdery sands and crystal-clear turquoise water. Located southeast of the Bahamas and North of Hispaniola, this group of islands is a famous touristic destination thanks to its luxury hotels, breath-taking scenery, dreamy beaches, and coral reefs.
But, hold your horses! Before you start planning your escape to this paradise, there are a few important things you should know that will prepare you for your trip here.
Fasten your seat belt cause you’re in for an unforgettable ride! Here are eight things you must know before planning your Turks and Caicos vacation.
1. English Is the Official Language
Remember those trips when you would go around from local to local, trying to get some directions in a language you understand? Well, luckily, in Turks and Caicos, you won’t struggle to find someone who speaks English at all. Why? Because the Turks and Caicos is a British Overseas Territory, which is why English is the official language here.
Everyone here speaks English, so it will be easy to ask for directions, to order food in the restaurant, or to make some new friends among the locals.
2. You Can Pay with US Dollars
If you thought that English being the official language here is the only reason why it’s easy as an American to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands, find out that this isn’t the only one.
The Turks and Caicos Islands also use the US dollar. So, you can also expect that many hotels, restaurants, and other services will take cheques because they can be cashed at local banks. What’s more, most credit cards are also accepted, and you can easily withdraw money from ATMs whenever you need it.
3. There’s Excellent Weather Year-Round
Not sure what’s the best time of the year to travel to the Turks and Caicos? Here’s the good news: all year-round is a good time to travel here.
Now, there are definitely some peak tourism seasons, like in every other destination. Here, the peak tourism seasons are the December-January holidays and the March-April Easter, and spring break times. Yet, the weather is excellent all the time. So, especially if you don’t like crowded tourist destinations, you can plan your vacation in any other month of the year except those mentioned above.
Moreover, suppose you don’t want any chance to get your vacation disrupted by a natural phenomenon. In that case, you may want to avoid traveling here in September and October, as they are the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Don’t worry, the chances of a storm to hit the shore are very low. And the ocean is typically calm during this period, despite being in the Hurricane Season. But, your travel plans, such as your flights to or from home, may be affected by a major storm.
4. There Are Lots of Things to Do or See Here
In other words, what you must know is that you couldn’t get bored here even if you wanted to. There are just so many fun things to do and incredible things to see that you’re going to have a full schedule during your vacation time.
What can you do here? From spending a relaxing day on the beach to going horseback riding in the ocean, go snorkeling, visit the nature reserve locally known as “Iguana Island” or go kitesurfing, there are just so many unique experiences you can have here.
5. Expect Luxury Accommodation Options
Turks and Caicos is a luxury destination. So, you shouldn’t expect less when it comes to finding out where to stay during your vacation.
You can choose between a private beachfront villa, a luxury rental home, or to stay in a five-star hotel with luxury resort appeal. Either way, you’ll likely be steps from miles of powdery sand beaches and the crystal-clear water.
If you are traveling with your friends or family, you can choose to rent a villa to get that more relaxed atmosphere. But, if you are traveling here with your loved one or someone you want to impress, you should choose a luxury resort hotel.
6. Beaches in The Turks And Caicos Are Free to Access
When planning your budget for this trip, you should know that you won’t be spending a penny to enjoy the sand, crystal-clear water, and the sun. Yes, you’ve heard that right: all beaches in the Turks and Caicos are free to access for everyone.
Here, you won’t find private beaches, except for private land, of course. In the Turks and Caicos, you’ll find stunning beaches free for everyone.
7. Avoid Spending Saturdays Or Sundays At the Airport
The Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos tends to be the busiest during the weekend days because there are many planes arriving in a short time span. So, if you are not a fan of waiting in long lines and waiting a lot to get a taxi or to rent a car, it would be best if you’d plan your travel to and from the Turks and Caicos Islands on weekdays.
8. Taxis Can Cost A Lot
In the Turks and Caicos, pricing can be very expensive, including when it comes to taxis. In fact, taxi rates here are even a bit higher than what’s typical in the US. What’s more, when you take a cab, you should expect to be charged per person, not per ride. Plus, you should know that you won’t find any public transport in the Turks and Caicos.
What are your other options? You can either rent a car at the beginning of your vacation so that you can get around the destination for a price that starts at around 40$ / day or use Conch Can, a ride-hailing service here that operates much like Uber.
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