If you’re looking for a vacation with powdery sand beaches and pristine turquoise water, the tropical islands and cays of Turks and Caicos offer the perfect spot. The islands have a rich history and colonial-era heritage sites to explore. You'll also find plenty of activities, from scuba diving and snorkeling in coral reefs to exploring underground caverns to savoring the islands' fine culinary scene.
Accommodation on Turks and Caicos is generally upscale, with several resorts, luxury hotels, and villas dotting the archipelago’s landscape. Inns and motels are available, too, but on a much smaller scale. It’s advisable to make bookings far in advance, keeping in mind that weekends and holidays will be in higher demand. The economy on the islands is tourist driven, and prices and availability reflect this accordingly.
When shopping on Turks and Caicos, you won’t have to worry about sales or luxury taxes on the islands. Americans and Canadians can buy unlimited goods without paying duty taxes, and there’s also a duty-free store at the Grand Turk seaport. You’ll find handmade arts and crafts, retail stores, and food and drink specialties.
With turquoise water and powdery sand beaches, Turks and Caicos Islands are the perfect setting for a vacation of rest and relaxation: Kick back with a cocktail, grab a book, and soak up some sun. If you like being active, you can snorkel and scuba dive amid colourful coral reefs, play golf, and explore underground caves and heritage sites.
The arts and culture scene in Turks and Caicos is a vibrant mix that encompasses live music, exhibitions by local artists, traditional and contemporary folk art and crafts, and heritage sites from the islands' colonial past. Parades and pageants celebrating various occasions dot the cultural calendar. Listen out for the islands’ national music, ripsaw, created by bending and scraping a common handsaw.
With menus that include seared tuna, traditional island dishes like boil fish and grits and okra soup, juicy steaks, and vegetarian options, Turks and Caicos has lots to offer in the culinary department. Whether it's a quick bite of conch fritters, or a leisurely dinner of freshly caught snapper accompanied by a sunset view, you’re bound to find flavors that please your palate.
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