While it’s technically in the Atlantic rather than the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos are firmly in the Caribbean when it comes to climate and tourism. This historic island group has English as its primary language, and is very popular with Americans, Canadians, and some Brits.
There is great diving and the usual array of water sports available, particularly at the abundant all-inclusive hotels and resorts on Providenciales island. The climate is warm in winter and unusually pleasant with low humidity in summer, so this is a good choice for off-season visits.
Compared to other Caribbean islands Turks and Caicos are mostly in the middle of the pack when it comes to costs, but it’s also friendly for budget travelers who book a package in advance or do their research to find the bargain places once they arrive.
Where to stay
There are well over 50 resorts and hotels in Turks and Caicos, with the vast majority of them on Providenciales Island in the west. There are a few reasonably priced hotels and a number of lodges and smaller local places that aren’t listed on the major booking sites, but most of the resorts are in the mid-range to top-end categories.
If you are staying overnight you’ll be arriving at Providenciales International Airport. Its runway isn’t long enough for wide-body flights, but the airport does have long-haul arrivals regularly from North America and Europe.
Nonstop flights from:
San Juan, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, New York-JFK, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, London