The chain of Turks and Caicos islands, also known as TCI, are a perfect holiday destination located to the south-east of Barbados in the Caribbean.
Consisting of around 40 islands and cays, only eight of which are inhabited, TCI’s biggest and most popular island is Providenciales.
This haven offers miles of white sandy beaches, fantastic cuisine, and a whole host of activities both on land and at sea.
It’s little wonder, then, that this island is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, with TCI drawing around 200,000 visitors annually.
Here, we’ve found 3 reasons why you should join these jet-setters on a holiday of your own to Providenciales.
The first and foremost reason has to be the fantastic weather on offer all year round in the Caribbean. Turks and Caicos has, on average, 350 days of sunshine a year, with an annual rainfall of just 50mm.
This means that almost every day is the perfect chance to visit the beach, with temperatures rarely dropping below 27 degrees, even in winter.
Although there is a chance of hurricanes during the destination’s winter months (and it is largely advised against travelling to the region between June and mid-December) the islands offer a dry and sunny tropical climate most of the time.
The Caribbean as a whole is well known for its wide range of water sports available to tourists, and TCI is no different. Providenciales offers a fantastic base from which to go snorkelling, diving or windsurfing, offering some of the best opportunities to get up close to tropical marine wildlife.
With plenty of excursion companies available as well, you can take a trip to some of the other islands, giving you the chance to see colonial plantation houses, wild flamingoes, and the world’s only conch farm.
If you’re after something more relaxing, Providenciales is home to Grace Bay Beach, voted the second best beach in the world by Tripadvisor for 2017. It also hosts Provo Golf Club, offering some excellent golfing opportunities for those looking for a more chilled-out afternoon.
For some authentic Caribbean culture, be sure to check out the Providenciales Thursday Fish Fry, which is a local event for food vendors and artists to display their produce, alongside local music.
Amazing Places To Stay
The popularity of the island has resulted in a boom in hotels and luxury resorts, meaning visitors have the choice of lots of places to stay. Ranging from family-friendly complexes to boutique hotels, there’s something for all travellers.
Luxury resorts like Beach House offer a boutique experience, full of tranquil relaxation at an affordable price. These sorts of resorts usually offer all-inclusive packages that include spas, watersports, a choice of restaurants and access to Grace Bay beach.
For those travelling with little ones in tow, resorts like Blue Haven are probably more suited, offering a kids club and protected swimming area for supervision.
Whatever your style and budget, you’ll be able to find a hotel suited to your needs and, if you do your research, you’ll no doubt be able to pick up a good deal in the process.