Home to unspoiled beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, Turks and Caicos is the jewel in the crown of the Atlantic. Nestled in the great ocean by a 14-mile barrier reef, and adjacent to the warm waters of the Caribbean, these islands epitomise paradise. Only 12 of the 40 islands are inhabited, which makes Turks and Caicos ideal for a little island hopping. The two main islands of this archipelago are the Turks island known as Grand Turk and the Caicos counterpart called Providenciales, or Provo locally. In Grand Turk, you'll find the colourful capital, Cockburn Town, and the Turks and Caicos National Museum, a wonderful institution that explores the culture and history of the islands. Of course, you'll also find plenty of pristine beaches to choose from. In Providenciales, walk the legendary soft sands of the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach and discover secluded bays, like the ever-stretching Long Bay Beach and the gems of Turtle Cove. Shop at boutique stores, purchase local crafts, and duck into the wonderful art gallery at Salt Mills Plaza. Above the waves you can enjoy sailing, or windsurfing, and below them snorkelling or diving. The waters here are home to a diversity of marine life, and exploring the underwater world of Turks and Caicos is incredibly rewarding.
With temperatures around 30 degrees celsius all year long, Turks and Caicos is an ideal beach retreat. Compared to their Caribbean cousins, the islands see less rainfall too. The most popular time to visit for luxury travellers is from December through to May when it's less humid. From June to November, the weather is at its warmest, and it's considered to be hurricane season. Don't let that worry you though, as it's worth noting that the odds of your holiday being disrupted by storms are low.
You'll find the Turks and Caicos islands typically serve fresh seafood, prime meats and delicious local produce. Enjoy Caribbean specialities like jerk chicken and traditional offerings like Caicos conch stew alongside international menus. Try teppanyaki grills, American style diners and tasty barbecues, or sample Italian restaurants, sushi bars and pizzerias. For the ultimate luxury dining experience, visit Pop-Up Restaurant on the beachfront and dine with your toes in the sand.
You should carry identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. British citizens do not need a visa to travel to Turks and Caicos and can normally get permission to stay for up to 90 days. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports and visas.