If you’ve been dreaming of sun, sand, and seaside relaxation, there is no place better than the Caribbean to chase away your post-pandemic blues. But with so many incredible islands to choose from, it can be tough to narrow down your options. So here are our top seven reasons to escape the tourist crowds and take off to the stunning and secluded archipelago of Turks and Caicos.
Open For Tourism
Turks and Caicos are open for tourism from vaccinated travelers and there’s no need to quarantine on arrival! To enter the country, visitors simply need to fill out a request for TCI Assured Travel Authorization with their personal details, proof of a Negative Covid-19 PCR test, and proof of insurance covering Covid-19. All visitors are allowed to stay for up to 90 days as long as they have a round-trip ticket.
The Convenience Factor
Take the stress out of vacation planning, in Turks and Caicos there is no need to exchange your currency or practice your Spanish. Although they attract Spanish speakers from neighboring Caribbean islands, it is an English-speaking country that uses U.S. dollars as its currency. If that wasn’t enough convenience for you, there are direct flights from all over the United States to Providenciales – the main island. With shorter flight times than Aruba, Barbados, and other neighboring islands, you’ll be on the beach in no time.
Speaking of beaches, Turks and Caicos is home to one of the world’s notoriously beautiful beaches: Grace Bay Beach. The turquoise water and soft white sand have earned this place a permanent spot on the list of the world’s best beaches. In the afternoon you can soak up the sun and splash in the tropical teal-colored water. In the evening, enjoy the sunset over the ocean while sipping champagne on a sailboat cruise or a romantic horseback ride along the beach.
Spread out over the country’s eight inhabitable islands, there are countless resorts offering everything you could want or need. On the northwest point of Providenciales, the reclusive Amanyara resort offers luxurious private villas and personalized wellness immersion packages to optimize your rest and relaxation. Meanwhile, in Parrot Cay, COMO will keep you busy with cultural experiences, land adventures, and ocean excursions. If you’re planning to spend your vacation out on the beach, save on your accommodation by checking out these cute condos on Airbnb!
While you’re enjoying the white sand and sea, keep your eyes out for some of the Caribbean’s most interesting and exclusive wildlife. Rent a Big Blue Collective kayak and paddle out to Little Water Cay for a glimpse of the critically endangered rock iguanas. Then grab your snorkel and explore the reefs to find lionfish, barracudas, stingrays, nurse sharks, turtles, and more! For a once in a lifetime experience join a whale watching tour to get a good look at the humpback whales near Salt Cay or Grand Turk island. While you’re on the boat, look out for Jojo the dolphin – a friendly resident of the area who loves to swim and play with humans!
Turks and Caicos offer an array of fresh seafood options with unique local cuisine. Take your pick of freshly caught fish, Caribbean lobster, or even a tropical lionfish for your main course. For those who are feeling adventurous, why not try some of the local cuisines? The most popular is the Queen Conch, a large edible marine snail served deep fried with flavourful sauce, or fresh in ceviche salad.
After indulging in the local cuisine you might need to get that bikini body back in shape. Luckily the country has an abundance of great watersport options to get you going. Head over to Rising Tide Tours to enjoy a paddleboard tour or feel the wind in your hair on a Jet Ski Safari. If you’re looking for some adventure, try parasailing at Grace Bay Beach or scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of West Caicos Marine National Park.
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