Where in the World is Turks and Caicos?

With my trip to Turks and Caicos just weeks away, I started to share the news with my family, friends and neighbours. I was really surprised by how many times I was met with “Where is that?” in response.

Seriously? People don’t know about the turquoise water? The white silky beach? The luxury hotels? 

If you don’t browse travel magazines and brochures on a regular basis like I do, there is a good chance that Turks and Caicos hasn’t yet fallen on your radar the way other popular travel destination have. Turks and Caicos could be the Caribbean’s best kept secret!

turks and caicos islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands are just 575 miles South East of Miami, which is about one hour and 20 minutes by air into Providenciales, the main port of entry. There are a number of islands that make up Turks and Caicos including North Caicos, Middle Caicos, West Caicos, South Caicos, Salt Cay, Grand Turk and Providenciales, sometimes shortened to Provo. 

map

Climate = PERFECT!

Let’s talk about the weather, because when you are on vacation, that is the most important thing right? You don’t fly all the way to the islands to wear your hoodies, we can do that at home! 

The average annual temps are 28C/83F with the hottest month being September. You can leave those hoodies in your closet, no need for them here! My son was just blown away by how warm it was even at nighttime when we could wander the beach and our resort with just shorts and t-shirts on. Here in Canada when the sun drops behind the trees, Mama is already headed in for a sweater!

Most islands get less than 30 inches of precipitation annually, pretty shocking right? Unfortunately, during our short stay it was overcast and we actually saw rain off and on almost every day. Just bad luck I guess. 

view from boat

Newbie Traveler?

If you aren’t a seasoned traveler and are a little bit worried about how you would make out in a foreign country than Turks and Caicos is your perfect first adventure to wet your feet! Because Turks and Caicos Islands are an overshore British overseas territory, you’ll see a lot of similarities to home, including portraits of the Queen! Residents speak English and the official currency is the U.S dollar, although there is also TCI crown ($1 value) and a quarter you could spot while you are out shopping. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are widely accepted, but it’s a good idea to have cash on the sister islands.I even spotted the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) while we were driving through town! Turks and Caicos uses the same Eastern Standard Time Zone and no worries about your phone charger or flat iron not working, they also use 120 volts,60Hz like we do here in Canada. The biggest difference, other than the scenery is probably that they drive on the left hand side of the road. The vehicles look like the ones you’ll find in North America with the steering wheel on the left, but they don’t drive on the right like we do.

Turks and Caicos

Family Travel

You may be tempted to just lie down on that soft white sand and sleep right there, but every traveler needs a place to stay! There are many resorts and hotel accommodations to choose from, but if you are visiting Turks and Caicos with children, I doubt you will find a better place than Beaches Resorts. Beaches Turks and Caicos is a 5 star, all inclusive family resort that was named the #1 for families in the Caribbean in the Travel Leisure World’s Best Awards. Sitting on 12 miles of beach on beautiful Grace Bay, which has been named one of the best beaches in the world, the resort has everything you are looking for in travel with the family!

45,000 square-foot waterpark
Red Lane Spa

Two dozen different room categories, from oceanview rooms and suites, to quaint villas
Water activities such as snorkeling, wind surfing and paddle boarding
Supervised kids camp
X-box lounge and X-box systems in room
Night Clubs for teens and adults
Scratch DJ Academy
Sesame Street Characters

There is something for everyone, at every age group! 

beaches turks and caicos

 

swim up bar

With 19 international restaurants and 4 stunning villages you will be resting easy and eating well. Each village has it’s own unique architecture and flair whether it’s colourful villas in the Caribbean village, grand columns in the French village, rustic fountains of the Italian village or modern fireplaces by the beach that you’ll find in the Key West village. Read my full review of Key West Village here!

beaches resorts italian village 

What do you think? Ready to hop on a plane for Turks and Caicos?

Looking for more posts about Beaches Turks and Caicos? Check out these:

The Beauty of Beaches Resorts

We Packed with a Purpose for the Sandals Foundation

Beaches Resorts, Turks and Caicos Celebrates the Grand Opening of Key West Luxury Village

Comments

  1. Looks wonderful! Yes, I’d absolutely love to visit Beaches Turks and Caicos! It sounds like you had a fantastic time!

  2. Oh man I’d love a trip to Turks & Caicos, it always looks so beautiful!

  3. Darrah Bailey says:

    Thanks for the great share, Looks like an absolutely beautiful place. And fun!

  4. I am totally ready to bring my kids and husband here soon. I have trouble funding vacancy at the beaches resort there though. Nonetheless it’s high on my list of places we will visit in the next two years. We need a great family trip for Tweens. I think this is it!

  5. You and your boys look like you had a wonderful and relaxing time. I totally need a vacation and this looks perfect for not only the hubby and I, but for the kids too, love it! I love that there is something for everyone. My kids would love it here!

    • momvstheboys says:

      yup, every age group is thought of, I love that about Beaches and Turks and Caicos is simply gorgeous!

  6. So beautiful. It is definitely on the list of places to go but well have to wait until Bella is a little older. Maybe by then it will be Canada’s Hawaii 😉

  7. kristen visser says:

    Looks like you guys had such an amazing time and what fun for the whole family! I love that it is so family oriented. Maybe one day when my little one gets older mommy and daddy can take her there 🙂

  8. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    how much did they love the pool bar?

  9. I’ve never been there before, I really should take a vacation there.

  10. Susan T. says:

    I have family who live there so I am lucky and get to go whenever I can afford the plane ticket! It is beautiful and I love the snorkeling there.

    • momvstheboys says:

      Amazing!! so lucky! What do they do for work there?

      • Susan T. says:

        They own a small hotel and marina where they have little villas that they rent out. They owned a gift store here in Canada and decided to retire in the Turks and start this business. I think it is more work than when they actually worked! Their place is super cute though!

  11. omg wow so breath taking. Love the average temperature that’s awesome! I would LOVE to go there one day!

  12. nancy lafrance says:

    Makes me wish I was there right now!

  13. Gorgeous! Have always wanted to go to Turks & Caicos!!

  14. looks like an amazing place to visit

  15. nicolthepickle says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful visit! I would love to go sometime.

  16. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    I would love to visit Turks and Caicos at some point, it looks like a great vacation getaway!

  17. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Love the look of the beach, the sand looks very soft!

  18. Viv Sluys says:

    Oh, that water!! It looks amazing! I think I would spend my entire vacation in the water. My husband loves swim up bars (we don’t drink alcohol so we’d be drinking the same as your kids 😉 )

  19. Karla Sceviour says:

    ahhhhhhh I sao wanna go there….looks sooo lovely and relaxing!

  20. Anne Taylor says:

    My daughter is trying to decide on a destination to go to soon and I’m going to mention this beautiful place to her! Actually, I’m going to pass this post on to her!

    Thanks

  21. Ronald G says:

    Absolutely beautiful..I almost went there when I was married…but…sorry you got rained out.

  22. Corry L. says:

    I’ve always wanted to go and I think I’ve finally talked my husband into going there for a winter holiday. Just need to find a really good deal! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  23. Looks like such a wonderful place to visit. I can only dream!

  24. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Looks like a beautiful place

  25. We always went to the usual places, Mexico, DR, Jamaica, Cuba. Turks and Caicos is definitely a place to consider when planning our vacation next year.

  26. Lynda Cook says:

    Looks like a little piece of heaven, such a beautiful place, thanks for sharing and you got some lovely photos!

  27. Heidi C. says:

    I loved Turks and Caicos and would go back in a flash!

  28. Karen Hill says:

    Its not a secret anymore now is it? LOl

  29. OMG what a dream vacation!

  30. Darlene Schuller says:

    I’m sure you’ll have a fabulous time!

  31. Suzie M says:

    It looks so wonderful

  32. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Wow everything looks so beautiful.

  33. courtney b says:

    gorgeous water! BTW i have no idea where that is either but its beautiful!

  34. Debbie W says:

    It has been ages since I have done any real traveling. You’ve giving me the “Bug”

  35. Travelbuds says:

    I love Turks and Caicos. I was there in the early 90’s. It has built up so much since then.

  36. I’ve always wondered where the mythical Turks were hiding. Now I know!

  37. Crystal Englot says:

    Oh I can dream that one day I will be sitting on the white sandy beaches of Turks and Caicos 🙂

  38. What an amazing trip!!!

  39. I would love to go here! It’s gorgeous!

  40. Robyn L says:

    would love to be there right now after reading your post; great that it is for all ages.

  41. Glogirl says:

    Looks like a beautiful place to visit! I love how warm it is there; average temps of 28C would suit me fine 🙂

  42. Cassey C says:

    Wow I would love to visit there one day!

  43. That is where I want to be right now

  44. Sarah T says:

    It’s always been on my wishlist of places to go!

  45. Michelle says:

    Going to Turks & Caicos is on my travel list…

  46. Turks and Caicos is on my bucket list for sure!

  47. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I would love to go there for our next vacation!

  48. Victoria Ess says:

    This looks like a gorgeous resort! We have always wanted to go and hopefully we will get to cross it off our bucket list soon.

  49. Elva Roberts says:

    The Turks and Caicos seem to be the ideal vacation spot for singles and also families. Driving on the left side of the road could be a little tricky but the rest of the post just makes one want to go there to enjoy it for themselves. Thank you for telling us about it.

    • momvstheboys says:

      almost all the resorts will pick you up from the airport or a taxi is a great choice too!

  50. Nicole Mecham says:

    That looks beautiful! I would love to take my kids to this resort. Thanks so much for the post!

  51. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I liked your Where in the World is Turks and Caicos? post.
    It looks like a great place to go for a vacation.

  52. Ester G says:

    Looks beautiful, this is definitely on our list of places to visit. I have been to the Sandals (the adults-only part of Beaches company) and really enjoyed it. Looks like a great place for kids!

  53. Lesley F says:

    Beautiful! On my wish list to go to

  54. angela m says:

    I would love to visit Turks and Caicos. Beautiful pictures

  55. Beautiful!

  56. Ben Y. P says:

    Turks and Caicos seems fun, looks like a great vacation getaway!

  57. Looks beautiful there!

  58. Yes, I am totally ready to jump on a plane. Even though it is summer, it has only been in the 70’s and I am ready for some sun!!! And a beach too 🙂

  59. I would love to visit the Turks and Caicos.It looks so dreamy there and their beaches are beautiful.Well I know where I am going on vacation!Thanks for the great review.

  60. Nena Sinclair says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Turks and Caicos! It looks so beautiful! Too bad it rained so much when you were there, though!

  61. James Robb says:

    That place looks amazing, absolutely breathtaking!

  62. Doris Calvert says:

    I love it, looks gorgeous!

  63. Wow, what a great vacation. I love a white sand beach. Hopefully one day!

  64. Definitely on my bucket list!

  65. Victoria Ess says:

    It looks like a beautiful place that I hope to visit one day.

  66. Victoria Ess says:

    It looks like a beautiful place that I hope to visit one day.

  67. Michelle K says:

    I’d love to visit one of these days looks so beautiful

  68. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I liked your Where in the World is Turks and Caicos? post.
    I would like to go there someday.

  69. When they were saying Canada was in talks for Turks and Caicos to be the 11th province.. I freaked. How nice would it that have been?

  70. Rebecca W says:

    I would go to Turks and Caicos in a heart beat! looks like a tropical haven.

  71. Jeff Skidmore says:

    Wow, what a beautiful place to have a family vacation!!

  72. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to go to this area when my son is a little bit older (he’s only 19 months now. I’ve been to Mexico and Hawaii and I’d love to go somewhere new:)

  73. Cassandra says:

    So beautiful. I love the view from the plane. would like to visit one day.

  74. Linda Bragg says:

    Wow this looks so beautiful and relaxing. I have never been to any island in the Caribbeans. Luv it that so many of the things we know and do are all so similar and the same as what we know here in our own country such as language, money, etc. I have always wanted to travel and this would be an ideal place to visit. Warm, friendly and relaxing. What else could one ask for except good food, which I know they would have and good company!! Just beautiful!!! Breath taking views.

  75. Such beautiful photos! I have gone away the past 4 winters on a hot holiday – there is something so magical about those destinations 🙂 This resort in Turks-Caicos looks to be no exception! Absolutely beautiful photos

  76. Paige Sharp says:

    wow what a beautiful place and great pictures

  77. RICHARD HICKS says:

    Thanks for the geography lesson. Looks like a fun place to get away for a while!

  78. katrina says:

    wow that looks wonderful!!

  79. Denise Klay says:

    Great write up you have convinced me its high on my choice of a solid place to go!

  80. nikki robak says:

    looks beautiful but way too hot

  81. Amy Heffernan says:

    This looks like a wonderful, fun and relaxing place! Looks like you had alot of fun!

  82. wow! the place looks absolutely fabulous for a beach vacation with the kids. its a nice place to be in. i would love to visit the place some day!

  83. Jeanette Jackson says:

    This is one of the places I’d love to visit. Thanks for sharing this.

  84. Betty S says:

    This is a great post, the map really puts things into prospective.

  85. melanie Borhi says:

    You look like you had an great trip very beautiful and scenic!

  86. Looks like you had a fun trip. Beautiful photos

  87. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    Yes, would love to go there someday.

  88. Bailey Dexter says:

    Wow, I never heard of the place before, but after reading the review it is on my wish list to visit!

  89. Amazing trip! Turks and Caicos is definitely on our travel bucket list.

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