Turks & Caicos
The islands of Turks and Caicos lie just south of Bahamas and share similar weather as well as beachscapes! 40 islands and cays make up the country known as TCI for short. To the west is Cuba and to the south is Haiti and Dominican Republic. The islands of Turks and Caicos are located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea like other Caribbean islands. Providenciales (Provo for short) is the most developed of the islands and the most popular among tourists with many airlines offering direct service.
The average temperature ranges between 85 and 90 degrees (29-32 degrees celsius) from June to October, sometimes reaching the mid 90's (35 degrees celsius), especially in the late summer months. From November to May the average temperature is 80 to 84 degrees (27-29 degrees celsius). Water temperature in the summer is 82 to 84 degrees (28-29 degrees celsius) and in winter about 74 to 78 degrees (23-26 degrees celsius). A constant trade wind keeps the climate at a very comfortable level.
Getting around –
When travelling as a part of an all inclusive package your transfers to and from the airport are included. Also, many resorts offer complimentary transfers and will meet you at the airport. Although renting a car is possible they follow the British rules of the road and therefore drive on the opposite side. Taxis are readily available if you call ahead. When going on an excursion the best thing to do is book through your tour operator or resort.
The US dollar is the official currency of Turks and Caicos. Most hotels, restaurants and taxi services accept traveler’s cheques, which can be cashed at local banks. Most credit cards are accepted and banks offer ATM's as well as cash advances on credit cards.
Language spoken –
English – Turks and Caicos is a member of the British Commonwealth. You will find there are many workers who come from different islands such as Jamaica or Haiti – Jamaicans speak English however Haitians speak French as their first language.
The standard electricity supply in Turks and Caicos is 110 volts, therefore you will not need convertors unless you are bringing 220 volt devices (hotels will often offer convertors).
What To Do:
Different islands have varying attractions. Some of the most popular include anything to do with the water! Scuba diving is world class in Turks, many professional divers come specifically to dive and trainers available are also well-renowned. The water is so clear and the wildlife abundant that snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours as well as semi-submarine are great ways to view it all if you don’t dive. Check your tour operator or resort’s website for a more extensive list as well as sample pricing.
Your resort may offer some tasteful resort shops with varying items. Vendors are not usually found on the beach however your resort may have special days where they invite in vendors. Shopping excursions are available through your tour operator or resort and they will transport you to and from a straw market like experience where you can purchase souvenirs. One of the most popular souvenirs to bring back from Turks is a conch shell.
Turks and Caicos Islands are not known to have a thriving nightlife scene. The resort you’re staying at may offer a disco as well as casual bars for evening entertainment.
Provo Golf and Country Club is known as one of the best and most challenging tests of golf in the Caribbean, Provo Golf Club is a relaxing green oasis, set amongst the natural flora and fauna of the island. Fairways feature natural limestone outcroppings and are lined with native bush and inland lakes. The front nine features water on six holes, while the tight back nine has a further four 'lake holes', home to a colorful array of water birds including flamingos, pelicans and various types of heron. Great facilities, no restrictions on tee times, good tempo rounds, a cooling island breeze and a great round of golf - what more could you ask for!
Beaches Turks & Caicos
The Alexandria Resort
Club Med Turquoise