Holidays in the Turk & Caicos Islands are paradise found - flop down on uncrowded beaches, stay at world-class luxury resorts, swim amongst colourful coral reefs, and dine on the freshest seafood. Sitting at the heart of the Atlantic Ocean and 550 miles southeast of Miami, this archipelago encompasses 40 islands and cays, only eight of which are inhabited.
Running from left to right, there's West Caicos, Providenciales, Parrot Cay, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos, South Caicos, and then up to Grand Turk with Salt Cay underneath. Each island is different, but all share a warm welcome from the locals, a laidback atmosphere, and stunning natural beauty.
Providenciales (aka Provo), is home to majority of the islands' population and the famous seven mile long Grace Beach; Grand Turk hosts the capital of Cockburn Town, the Turks & Caicos National Museum, John Glenn Exhibit and Grand Turk Lighthouse; and Middle Caicos boasts the impressive Mudjin Harbour and the Conch Bar Caves.
Turks & Caicos enjoys balmy and warm weather year-round with an average of 350 days of sunshine annually. From June to October the temperature gauge hovers between 29C-32C with highs of 35C, and the months of November to May are slightly cooler with temperatures between 27C to 29C. The hurricane season runs from June through to November.
There are lots of things to do on exotic holidays in Turks & Caicos. With the third largest barrier reef in the world, diving and snorkelling are top of the list. The offshore waters are perfect for kite surfing, wake boarding, windsurfing, and parasailing. Head to Grace Bay to visit Jo-Jo, the famous Atlantic bottle nose dolphin. Caicos Conch farm is home to a great collection of Caribbean Queen Conchs. Cheshire Hall, a 200 year old cotton plantation on Providenciales, brings the islands' colonial past to life. Family fun is on the menu at the amazing Atlantis Paradise Island water park. Provo Golf Club is a favourite with golfers.
Seafood forms the basis of much of the cuisine in Turks & Caicos. Local dishes to savour include the famous conch fritter and conch salad, with jerk chicken with rice and peas putting in an appearance on the menu too. Top your meal off with a tot of Bambarra Rum or enjoy it mixed up in a fruity rum cocktail.
The nightlife in the Turks & Caicos Islands is mainly hotel or resort based. There are abundant bars, beach shacks and lively beach parties on the main islands, and a couple of casinos too.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.