So, you’ve decided it’s about time to take a break from your super-fast lifestyle. But where are you going to go for a guaranteed shot of total, pure, relaxational bliss?
3 Words – Turks & Caicos.
It’s all you need to know. Pack a bag with a few good novels, plenty of beach wear, sun block and shades, then prepare to let go of your stress and let the easy, laid back charm of T & C work on you…
If you have never heard of Turks & Caicos, here’s the skinny. It’s an island nation of around forty cays, only eight of which have any inhabitants. Situated on the way to the Caribbean, it’s actually sited geographically in the Atlantic Ocean. That said, stepping off the plane, you get an instant hit of Caribbean vibe. If you crave some Caribbean flavour that’s much closer to home, seriously consider investigating T & C.
The main island is called Providenciales, but if you want to sound like a local, refer to it as Provo. International flights touch down in Provo and all the main carriers including US airlines such as American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue and Intercontinental, as well as other international carriers, fly frequently into Providenciales International Airport (PLS).
A large proportion of the accommodation is situated at Grace Bay, around twenty minutes distance from the airport. There is accommodation here to suit all tastes and budgets. If you are looking for high end five star sumptuousness, there are hotels that deliver top quality service at a price. Many people enjoy the hotels and accommodations offering spa therapies and rejuvenating treatments as part of the package. For the independent minded, beach front condos to rent in the Turks & Caicos Islands offer the best of all worlds – fabulous ocean-side location combined with stylish surroundings and a programme set entirely by you. Going it alone with beach front condos to rent in Turks & Caicos Islands is very popular with couples, families and single travellers. With a wide range of accommodations available, there’s guaranteed to be something just perfect for you.
The beaches on Turks & Caicos are straight out of a paradise island fantasy. White powdery sands, lapped by crystal clear waters are the norm. Add some palm trees moving in the gentle sea breeze, a chilled rum punch at your side and a peaceful and un-crowded beach – and you begin to get the picture about why this place is the perfect antidote to a stressful lifestyle.
Things to do
Apart from lying on the beach getting your Zen on, there are other more lively activities to enjoy should you wish. Turks & Caicos life is all focused around the beach, so it’s unsurprising to find water sports are a big favourite. However you like your water sports, whether that’s adrenaline fuelled deep sea game fishing, kite surfing, paddle boarding or kayaking through the mangroves, there is bound to be something that appeals. Visitors enjoy the many snorkelling opportunities on offer. Because many of the beaches are surrounded by nearby reefs, there are plenty of chances to see amazing marine life up close. No need to take a boat trip out to the deep, in many places you can simply wade out to the reefs and spend a pleasant time viewing turtles, rays, eels, starfish and many other marine creatures that live in these clear, warm waters.
You won’t be able to avoid the cult of the conch on Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean Queen Conch is a shellfish that is much prized in the islands. On the menu at local restaurants you can sample such delicacies as conch fritters and chowder – and if this piques your interest, you should check out the world’s only Conch Farm in the islands, set up as a hatchery for these fascinating but shy creatures of the sea.
Other amusements on offer on these islands include horse riding, cycling, golfing at Provo Golf Club and exploring the massive limestone caves on Middle Caicos. For a flavour of the island’s history check out Cheshire Hall and if whale watching is on your bucket list, be sure to book a vacation here between January and April when the annual migration of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale passes off Grand Turk and Salt Cay.
By now, you should be completely sold on a holiday on Turks & Caicos. With the seductive power of so much sun, sand, sea and scenery, it won’t take long for the stress to leave you.