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Letting You In On The Secret Of Turks & Caicos

 July 18, 2015  /  Comments Off on Letting You In On The Secret Of Turks & Caicos

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Many visitors discover the Turks and Caicos islands by accident. As part of a cruise ship’s itinerary, they are often set down on the white sands, lapped by azure seas – and at once, they become enchanted. Once they re-board ship, they start making plans for their return to fully explore these beautiful islands.

And you really can’t blame them. When it comes to making an impression, these islands have it down to perfection…

So how come the name of Turks and Caicos is unfamiliar to so many? For years they have been in the shadow of the block buster Caribbean islands such as Barbados, Trinidad and Antigua, but it is time they emerged and received the praise they truly deserve.

There are many reasons to choose Turks and Caicos over the Caribbean islands. Top of that list is its convenient location. Strictly speaking, geographically it is found in the Atlantic ocean, which makes it a whole lot closer to the US mainland. Flights from Miami, for example to Providenciales (or Provo as the locals refer to it), only take ninety minutes. Ninety minutes to reach an island paradise that feels totally tranquil and shut off from the world. It really isn’t that far away… And despite being much further north than the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos retain that relaxed, laid back Caribbean atmosphere that vacationers love so well…

Letting You In On The Secret Of Turks & Caicos

Another reason to choose Turks and Caicos over the Caribbean is the awesome wildlife that inhabits the turquoise seas. The islands are surrounding by coral reefs teeming with marine creatures. Whether you are partial to a bit of snorkelling or deep sea fishing Turks and Caicos Islands can seriously over-deliver. The cays and isles offer over two hundred and thirty miles of sandy beaches and stretches of the finest seascape the world has to offer. Whether it’s a gentle afternoon snorkelling with the turtles and rays or the more white knuckle adventure of deep sea fishing Turks and Caicos Islands have something for everyone. And the fact that these islands are relatively unknown compared to their Caribbean cousins means that you don’t have to share it with so many others. It may sound selfish, but take a stroll along the wide expanse of Grace Bay and paddle in the crystal clear waters, and you’ll soon understand…

There are other facets to this diamond in the Atlantic that visitors should not miss. The Turks and Caicos are an Overseas British Territory and still boast Queen Elizabeth as monarch. The history of the island is fascinating to delve into, with dark stories of slavery and piracy to grapple with. If you can drag yourselves away from the pristine beaches, there are some inland attractions of interest. The Conch Bar Caves on Middle Caicos are a chain of underground caverns and caves featuring geological formations of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. For any budding geologists, these breathtaking caves are a must-see during your visit.

Those whose interests lie with their appetite will be pleased to discover the delicious fare on the menu. Proud of the island’s speciality, the shellfish conch, you will spot it on the menu all over the islands. The variety of recipes and presentations seems infinite from curried, fritters, chowder to stew – with so much choice in conch cuisine you are certain to find something to your taste. If you are more interested in looking at conch, rather than eating them, take a visit to the world’s only Conch Farm where these shellfish are bred. There is a serious breeding programme at the hatchery and you will see conch of all ages from babies to adults – there are even two these impressive star-shellfish that have been trained to entertain visitors and if you are lucky they may come out and do ‘a turn!’

Those who prefer their wildlife winged rather than finned will not be disappointed. These islands serve as migratory stepping off points for a range of exotic bird species including flamingoes, pelicans and giant blue heron. The salty marshland and rich mangrove vegetation in some isles are a rich habitat for bird life, so if you are a serious fan of our feathered friends don’t forget to pack your binoculars and camera.

Turks and Caicos Islands deserve all the credit they get as a beautiful location for a relaxed holiday with as much or a little activity as you choose. With friendly locals, fine accommodations and stunning surroundings it is the sort of place that once visited, is never forgotten….and frequently re-visited!

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  • Published: 2 years ago on July 18, 2015
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