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Turks and Caicos, Turquois Waters Await

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

 

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos Islands boasts some of the best beaches in the world according to various top travel magazines and the Travel Channel.  With plenty of 5-star and 4-star resorts, fine dining restaurants, and full service spas, it’s become one of the most popular travel destinations in the Caribbean today.  Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays which are perfect for day trips to find that secluded beach to have all to yourself.  The islands are located just below the Bahamas to the east of Cuba, so flights from Miami to the island city of Providenciales are fairly short.

As a British Colony, the official language is English and the official currency is the US Dollar.  This is a real convenience for U.S. travelers.  Average annual temperatures  range between 85 and 95 degrees and the waters are some of the most crystal clear turquoise waters you will find anywhere in the world.  This makes for perfect diving and snorkeling conditions.  It is not uncommon to spot Humpback Whales, spotted Eagle rays, Manta Rays and Turtles while exploring the waters. Turks and Caicos typically have around 350 days of sunshine annually.  The islands are very safe with one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean.   Visitors are required to have valid passports and round trip tickets not exceeding 30-days.

You’ll find plenty of Spanish, French and British influences around the islands, particularly when dinning out.  Great seafood and shellfish are very abundant on the islands and Caicos has the only commercial Conch farm in the world.  You’ll find most of the top restaurants in the various resorts although the local restaurants are also well worth a try offering some local dishes that you may not find in some of the finer resort restaurants.

The Grand Turk Cruise Center is a port of call for many cruise ships each year.  Cruise passengers will find many activities in and around the area.  On Grand Turk You can kayak through gentle, shallow waters surrounded by mangroves while watching migratory birds and other marine life.  There is an abundance of water sports activities like sailing, personal water craft, windsurfing and much more.  These are perfect islands to explore.  Middle Caicos is home to an impressive chain of limestone caves and other sites.  Voted one of the Caribbean’s best golf courses and the Host of the 2009 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship, The Provo golf Club is known as one of the best and most challenging golf courses in the Caribbean.

You’ll find plenty of luxury hotels and spas in Turks and Caicos for your hotel reservations.  Five-star resorts in and around the City of Providenciales include the Amanyara Villas, Gansevoort Resort, Grace Bay Club, the Regent Grand, the Regent Palms, the Sumerset, Turks and Caicos Club, and Seven Stars Resort.  On nearby Parrot Cay you’ll find the elite 5-star Parrot Cay Resort which is deemed one of the best luxury resorts in the Caribbean by the Travel Channel.  Four-star resorts are plentiful and VoyageMonkey.com’s easy online travel booking makes it easy and affordable to find an ideal resort for your stay.