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7 Reasons Why This Stunning Caribbean Destination Is Breaking All-Time Tourism Records

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Nothing cures the winter blues faster than stretching out on a white sand Caribbean beach.

That's why travelers are flocking to the region in record numbers right now.  

7 Reasons Why This Stunning Caribbean Destination Is Breaking All Time Tourism Records

One destination breaking all tourism records is the Turks and Caicos Islands.

They welcomed 21% more air arrivals in 2023 than in the previous pre-pandemic high of 2019.  

Here’s why this stunning Caribbean destination is breaking all-time tourism records right now:  

Crystal Clear Waters  

Turks and Caicos is home to the third largest barrier reef in the world which means it attracts scuba divers, snorkelers, and water sports enthusiasts.

In fact, Turks and Caicos is considered a bucket list destination for scuba divers, which is why so many visit each year.  

Turks and Caicos Barrier reef

When you get in the water, you will find vibrant marine life, thriving coral barrier reefs, and exceptional visibility. It’s a great spot for both new and experienced divers.  

The nurse sharks that call the water around the archipelago home are relaxed and tranquil meaning that Turks and Caicos is also a perfect spot for shark diving experiences.  

A Hub For Cruise Ships 

As well as welcoming air travelers that fly into the island for their vacations, Turks and Caicos also welcomes cruise ships and their passengers who just stay in the destination for the day.  

Carnival Liberty and Victory Cruise Ships side by side in Grand Turk

And the number of cruise ships and cruise passengers arriving on the island is increasing. 25.84% more cruise passengers disembarked on the islands in 2023 than in 2022. Momentum is increasing in the cruise sector to the island, and the Turks and Caicos minister for tourism is optimistic that this trajectory will only continue.  

Visiting Turks and Caicos as part of a wider Caribbean cruise is a great way to get a taste of this beautiful island and could encourage more travelers to come back and enjoy a longer stay, driving visitor numbers up even further.  

Outstanding Natural Beauty 

Turks and Caicos is an incredibly beautiful destination. Because the archipelago is made up of around a hundred named islands and cays, there is a tremendous array of incredible landscapes that you can explore as part of your trip.  

Turks and Caicos Beach

From craggy caves to palm-lined sands, no two islands are exactly alike.  

Many of the islands also boast stunning pink sand beaches that are soft between your toes. There are plenty of beach clubs dotted along the coastline where you can relax and enjoy the stunning views.  

Easy To Reach  

Flight times to Turks and Caicos from the U.S. are incredibly short. You can fly non-stop to Providenciales from Atlanta in 2 hours 55 minutes or from Miami in 1 hour 50 minutes.  

A huge number of American Airlines offer direct flights to Turks and Caicos, including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and Jet Blue. This makes the destination easy to reach for U.S. tourists and this is important because the easier it is to reach the more likely it is that travelers will visit.  

turks and caicos reopening for tourism

The archipelago is also growing in popularity on a wider international stage. In July the islands became the latest addition to Virgin Atlantic’s Caribbean portfolio. This is a clear sign that interest in exploring Turks and Caicos is growing.  

Most passengers fly into Providenciales International Airport (PLS) but travelers can take advantage of domestic air routes or ferry services from here if they want to get a little more off the beaten track. 

Warm and Welcoming People 

The people in Turks and Caicos are warm and welcoming.  

Although the islands are small they have a multicultural feel with local residents coming from all over the world, and from all walks of life. This means that everyone is made to feel welcome in Turks and Caicos.

Woman walking along beach in Turks and Caicos

Though the islands are officially a British Overseas Territory they still retain their own culture and heritage. Everyone speaks English so the islands will feel comfortingly familiar, but they will still have an injection of Caribbean charm.  

Growing Tourist Infrastructure 

While Turks and Caicos has long had a blossoming tourism industry the infrastructure surrounding this has become more established in recent years.  

An increased focus on attracting luxury hotels and resorts, as well as shops and restaurants that will appeal to tourists mean that visitor numbers only continue to grow.  

Turks and Caicos tourism tends to focus on the high-end tourism industry but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit the destination on a tighter budget provided you eat in local restaurants and stay in guest houses rather than 5-star resorts.  

Turks and Caicos Overwater Bungalow

In fact, Turks and Caicos is more affordable than other Caribbean destinations such as Barbados, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Aruba, and the Cayman Islands. 

Safe And Secure 

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Turks and Caicos are considered to be a very safe Caribbean island chain for U.S. travelers. The U.S. Department of State has given the islands a Level 2 travel advisory. 

U.S. visitors are advised to exercise increased caution in the Turks and Caicos Islands due to crime, but this is mostly petty or street crime and is easy to avoid by not walking alone at night or making obvious displays of wealth.  

By contrast, U.S. travelers are currently advised to reconsider travel to destinations such as Jamaica, so Turks and Caicos remain a much safer Caribbean escape.  

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