Bespoke & Tailor Made Honeymoons & Holidays to Turks & Caicos
Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of around 40 islands in The Caribbean – low lying and undeveloped – about 40 miles south of the Bahamas. There are miles of powder white beaches, gourmet restaurants and amazing diving. The best diving is found off the Turks where there are wonderful wall dives and along Provo and West Caicos. The islands are surrounded by the third largest coral system in the world. See Manta Rays in summer, whales in winter and turtles all year. Only about 10 of the islands are inhabited. With a warm, mainly dry climate, friendly people and natural beauty it’s a fantastic repeat destination for the Caribbean. 230 miles of coastline has featured in many tourist brochures and adverts.
Providenciales (known as Provo) is the hub for tourism and most flights arrive here (via Nassau in the Bahamas). The island’s favourite beach is Grace Bay, a 12 mile stretch of velvety sand. Also on Provo,there is great birdwatching with inland lakes filled with herons and pink flamingos. There are over 170 species of birds on these islands and 12 small cays have been protected as breeding grounds. Near to Provo is North Caicos which has the most rainfall of the islands so is very green, with lush plants and tall trees. The south of this island being swampy with estuaries full of West Indian flamingoes. Visit Wades Green to see ruins preserved of the Great House, kitchen and slave houses of the former Cotton Plantation. This area is popular with overseas investors buying homes particularly about Whitby with the seven mile long beach.
On Middle Caicos, hire a local guide and head for a settlement called Conch Bar where a labyrinth of caves are home to limestone formations and resident bat populations. Elsewhere, recent archaeological excavations have uncovered ancient Lucayan artefacts dating back more than 1,200 years. Stalagmites and stalactites in underwater lakes and caves were once home to the original settlers.
Uninhabited West Caicos and East Caicos are lined with fine beaches accessible by boat, and South Caicos was once a salt-producing island. Today it has a fishing port and a yachting centre, along with miles of deserted beaches.
The capital and centre of government lies east of the Columbus Passage on Grand Turk, where visitors can tour several restored churches and the Turks and Caicos National Museum. There is a lighthouse here, brought from the UK in 1852 which provides a great place to whale watch from. From January to March, nearby Salt Cay is a hot spot to see humpback whales on their annual migration to the Silver Banks off Hispaniola. Deep sea sport fishing is internationally renowned in Turks & Caicos and the mangrove flats are a great place to find bonefish.
There is a two day live festival with bands and dancing in June and the annual music and culture festival between end of July and early August is a full on party with regattas, parades and world class entertainment.
It is possible to hold your wedding on Turks and Caicos – you need a special licence – ask me for details.
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