Dragon Cay//Photo byTim Sackton.
The islands of Turks and Caicos are an archipelago of 40 coral islands and a British Overseas Territory with a relatively small population, making it a perfect escape from the human race. With some nearly uninhabited islands, it’s easy to leave the daily rush at home and step back in time.
But for those who don’t entirely want to leave the world behind, the Providenciales are the place to be. One of the most popular areas in the islands, it boasts modern accommodations fringed with beautiful beaches. Head to Grace Bay Beach, which ensures privacy, despite its popularity. The massive sandy stretch is large enough that nobody need worry about carving out a place to call their own.
Chalk Sound National Park is the very definition of Caribbean perfection. This bay is three miles in length and boasts clear turquoise waters dotted with outcroppings of tiny islands. Because it’s a national park, the beach is quiet and serene, the perfect place to take a long tranquil stroll. While there, look for local fauna, like iguanas, barracudas and bonefish. Lemon sharks and stingrays can also occasionally be spotted.
While in any of the islands, but especially from the Providenciales, diving and snorkeling tours are plentiful, with an abundance of underwater life to explore. For those less inclined to dive in, take a tour around the many islands by boat.
Temperatures in the island remain steady year round, going between the 70s and 80s. The big draw in winter is the low precipitation, which is lowest in March and doesn’t return to higher levels until September.
GrandTurk//Photo byJames Willamor.
Where to stay: From tiny villas to sprawling homes, Turks and Caicos has no shortage of accommodations. Luxury hotels include the Grace Bay Club with lavishly appointed rooms and villas, with a program just for kids, to keep them entertained. Nature lovers will adore the Amanyara, situated by the Northwest Point Marine National Park, with protected land and reefs very nearby. Those looking for modern, sleek comforts within the warm Caribbean, should try the Gansevoort. It has an urban chic vibe and an outrageously beautiful infinity pool, complete with allusion floating palm trees.
Don’t Miss: The 19th century feel of Salt Cay; a private tour of Viminacium and Smederevo Fortress.
Flight time: 4 hours
Airports: Providenciales International Airport
Currency: U.S. Dollar
For more information, visit Turks and Caicos’ tourism website.