Distinctly defined by the two island groups from which they derive their name, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a Caribbean archipelago you need to sit up and pay attention to. You should also book yourself in for one fantastic Caribbean holiday.
This archipelago, made up of the Turk islands and the Caicos islands, lies between Miami, Florida in the United States of America and the Caribbean country of the Dominican Republic. Unlike other Caribbean countries, the Turks and Caicos Islands enjoy some of the lowest rainfall in the region. Also, the islands are a British overseas territory so the official language is English; Grace Bay beach is a TripAdvisor 2019 Traveller’s Choice; you’ll swim in turquoise waters or bask in the sun on white sandy beaches; and the islands have an interesting history. Interested, yet?
Part of the appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands (or TCI) is that you won’t really get the same crowds you get in other Caribbean countries. You get the beautiful Caribbean appeal and the space to actually enjoy it. You’ll be able to snorkel, scuba dive, jog on the beach, fish, golf, and more without the major crowds.
TCI has an interesting history; from the Taino and Lucayans (the indigenous people) to Christopher Columbus, there is plenty to explore and learn about. History buffs will love sinking their toes in sands that have such rich history. The Turks and Caicos Museum offers exhibits, artefacts, and, of course, plenty of detailed island history. There are two locations for the museum so whether you are on Providenciales island or Grand Turk island, you can still get your history fix.
Temperatures average around 29 to 32 degrees Celsius, making for a deliciously warm holiday. Having a tropical climate means that the region is great to visit year-round although, December to about April is when the islands are at their busiest.
With temperatures like these and clear, turquoise waters, you simply must go swimming…or snorkelling, or scuba diving, or water skiing, or all of the above. The islands lie on the edge of two undersea plateaus with steep walls making for some fascinating sightings for skilled divers.
Providenciales, commonly knowns as Provo, is one of the more developed of the TCI islands. Here you can play golf on the 18-hole championship golf course that is Provo Golf Club, explore the Princess Alexandra National Marine Park, and book yourself a stay at Club Med’s Turkoise resort.
The main source of income for TCI is tourism. It is said that following the building of the Club Med resort in the popular and beautiful Grace Bay on the island of Provo, tourism began to boom. The 4-trident resort has been refurbished since then, of course, and it is a tropical haven for adults. This resort was made with adults in mind – no children are allowed. It’s the perfect place for couples and adults-only group holidays.
Wake up to the fresh ocean smell in your superior room, enjoy a freshly-made breakfast before spending the rest of the morning working up a sweat. You can kayak, stand up paddle, snorkel, hit the gym, take a yoga class, and more. Spend the rest of the afternoon trying a different activity or relaxing on the beach or by the pool as cocktails are brought to you to enjoy along with the view. Spend your evenings enjoying a show put on by the GO team (Club Med staff) and then an afterparty of music and fun at one of the bars or on the beach. It is an ideal getaway whether you want something active, relaxed, or somewhere in between.
If you need extra relaxation at the hands of a wellness expert – after a tough day exploring what Provo has to offer – then book yourself in at the spa for a treatment.
Getting there does take some time as it is in the Caribbean but it will be worth it. Expect at least one stop on our way to Provo. You can even make the most of this by extending your layover so that you can explore your stopover city. Once you arrive, it is a short 30-minute transfer to Club Med Turkoise. Book all your travel with Club Med (flights and accommodation) and get a complimentary airport transfer.
White sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and more activities and places to explore than you can manage in a single week await you in a beautiful Caribbean island you won’t forget. The Turks and Caicos Islands await.
How to get there: From South Africa’s major cities, you will travel for over 20 hours with at least one stop. You can choose from a number of airlines including British Airways, South African Airways, Qatar Airways, and American Airlines.
Visa information: South Africans do not need a visa to visit TCI.
Currency: TCI uses the United States Dollar and most major credit cards are accepted.
Additional costs: As Club Med holidays are all-inclusive, if you stay at Club Med Turkoise in Grace Bay, you won’t need to spend any additional costs for meals, drinks, and included activities.