A lesser known tropical gem, Turks and Caicos is made up of eight islands and around 40 cays and is found at the tail end of the Bahamian Island chain which is approximately 575 miles southeast of Miami. The islands attract a variety of holidaymakers; sun worshippers, divers and eco adventurers.
Some of the Turks & Caicos beaches are rated within the top eight in the world, with their super-fine, white sand and excellent opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. If you visit between February and April, taking a whale watching trip is a unique way to spend some time.
The busiest of islands- Providenciales (more commonly called Provo), offers holiday makers a variety of accommodation which will suit every taste and budget. This includes the larger resorts (three all-inclusive), smaller hotels, condominiums, guesthouses and villas. Provo also boasts the world's only Conch (large sea snails) Farm, the 18-hole Provo Golf and Country Club and Iguana Island.
While Provo is the most popular place to visit, it is Grand Turk which is the political capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and this too teems with historical and ecological finds, plus the distinctive Bermudian architecture which you can explore on a walk through town.
If you’re looking to do some island hopping on your Caribbean holiday, it’s worth popping over to Salt Cay which is a rural and tranquil escape which largely hasn’t changed over the last 100 years. Middle Caicos is home to the picturesque Mudjin Harbour and Conch Bar Caves, which once served as Lucayan Indian Shelters. South Caicos offers plenty of interesting and unique sightings for birdwatchers while North Caicos has ruins of Wades Green, a Loyalist era plantation to be explored.