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Turks and Caicos islands

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile
Surrounded by the Bahamas and Cuba, it is difficult to find a better location! However, travel to Turks and Caicos Islands remains relatively rare among tourists. Although large chains of hotels are taking over the area, the natural riches of the island have remained untouched. Its rangy landscapes are lined with superb natural lakes where animals stop on a regular basis to quench their thirst. With 230 miles worth of beaches, which one to choose?

Our Editorial team's advice

It would be a pity to make such a long journey for one beach only, instead of taking full advantage of the vast natural wonders of Turks and Caicos. Diversify your delights. By air, by sea, no matter the size of the islands, do not hesitate to explore them. Wherever you go, you will alwas be close to a marine reserve or a natural park. Birds and animals at Salt Cay, a rich variety of activities at Provo, whales at Salt Cay or the wild beaches of North Caicos will leave you with indelible memories.

pros

  • +The cluster of islands is a fully-fledged seaside resort.
  • +It boasts numerous assets for eco-tourism (several natural parks).
  • +Links between the islands are countless and easy.
  • +Existence of good accommodation facilities.

cons

  • -
  • -No cultural attractions.
  • -The journey is long.
  • -Need for a huge budget to take full advantage of every island.

Traditions

It is always advisable to ask before taking a photo of somebody. Do not display impatience, this does not go down well with people.

Food

The strength of Turks and Caicos does not lie in its cuisine. This is merely made up of chips, Mexican dishes, hamburgers and pizzas. Seafood lovers can treat themselves to lobsters, shellfish, crabs and fish that thrive in the waters. Produced in large quantities locally, try the conches (molluscan shellfish). It is delicious when sliced thinly and marinated for a long time. You will find numerous imported wine and beer as well as local, tropical fruits.

Souvenirs

Turks and Caicos are duty-free islands but here, there are no luxury boutiques. Most duty-free shops are concentrated on Leeward Highway at Provo. You will find jewellery and all the beach gear needed for your stay. Cigars come all the way from Havana. As souvenirs, you can take back batiks and clothing. The main attraction is undoubtedly the vast diversity of paintings inspired by Haitian native traditional art. You will find numerous galleries at Provo. Shops open in the week and on Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.