The paradise archipelago of 40 islands that make up Turks & Caicos sits in the Caribbean to the south east of the Bahamas.
The first cars appeared on Providenciales in 1964, getting about by donkey isn’t uncommon on Grand Turk and apart from these two holiday isles, the rest of this lovely country is undeveloped and wonderfully unspoiled – avoid the cruise ship side of Grand Turk and you could easily still be in the early 19th century.
You won’t find theme parks to fill a family holiday here, but wild adventure and the world’s most beautiful beaches more than compensate.
Grace Bay is officially the world’s best beach and you’ll find it on Providenciales.
A dry, tropical climate with year-round sunshine and temperatures in December and January between 22 and 27˚C rising to 33˚C in hot, hot July.
Providenciales has 17 official beaches ranging from the powdery white sands of Grace Bay to pelican-friendly, West Harbour Bluff – good for caves and rock carvings too.
There are three national parks on Providenciales: Princess Alexandra – best for beaches; Chalk Sound – beautiful lagoons and tiny islets to explore; Northwest Point – wild seas, rugged cliffs and fantastic bird watching.
Provo Golf Club’s 18-hole course ranks in the Caribbean’s top 10.
Turks & Caicos has over 110km of coral reef barrier and is considered to be one of the world’s best diving destinations.
Providenciales specialises in all-inclusive family beach resorts and Grand Turk is the island for charming Colonial hotels and beachy self-catering.
There’s very little public transport on Providenciales or Grand Turk and taxis are expensive. Hiring a car is the best option if you want to see more than just your beach and resort. Bikes are another good way to get about and most island roads are quiet enough to cycle safely. Almost all hotels will arrange transport for day trips and island hopping. Ferries run from Providenciales to Middle and North Caicos and there are flights from Providenciales to Grand Turk.