Relaxation is unavoidable in a carefree Caribbean paradise like Turks and Caicos Islands. Go conch diving for dinner and keep the shell as a souvenir. Spend time on sandy white beaches. Swim and snorkel. Sway softly in a hammock. Or explore the less-traveled paths of some of the forty islands and cays that make up Turks and Caicos Islands. Regardless of the activity, rejuvenation and leisure aren’t just luxuries; they’re lifestyles.
With direct flights from major airline carriers including Delta, JetBlue and US Airways to the main island of Providenciales, affectionately shortened to “Provo,” Turks and Caicos Islands is an easily accessible place to live lavishly—even if it is only for a few days. In Provo, many resorts are less than twenty minutes from the airport. For superlative accommodations, resorts such as the Seven Stars (sevenstarsgracebay.com) and the Venetian (thevenetiangracebay.com) offer two- and three bedroom suites with more than 2,000 square feet of space, making a family or couples-only trip ideal. At both properties, expect suites to include king-size beds, fully furnished wraparound oceanfront balconies that overlook the clear, turquoise-colored water of the Atlantic Ocean and a laundry room (sand is much better on the beach than in a suitcase). Add a full-size kitchen, and an evening indoors or on the balcony becomes the perfect setting for catching up over cupcakes and cocktails or sharing a communal dinner. Of course, restaurants that specialize in Caribbean cuisine coupled with fresh seafood are always available; Mango Reef (mangoreef.com) and Hemingway’s at the Sands (thesandstc.com) have some of the best food options. While there are almost a quarter of a million visitors annually, the Turks and Caicos Islands are home to just over 30,000 permanent residents, who always seem ready to roll out the red carpet. Plus, fewer crowds mean more time to kick back on clean, quiet beaches or bike ride in town.
A passport is required to visit, but there’s no need to worry about converting money; the U.S. dollar is the official currency. The only thing left is to book a trip to paradise.
Words: Carolyn Desalu
Photos: Courtesy of Turks and Caicos