Turks and Caicos is one of those destinations that you probably haven’t heard so much about, but don’t let that fool you! It is without a doubt one of the best destinations in the entire Caribbean, which is saying a lot when you consider places like Jamaica or the Bahamas. I thought this might be a good chance to let you in on one one of my favourite places on the planet.
If you are lucky enough, your Turks and Caicos villas will be right next to the beach, but don’t let that worry you if it isn’t! There are so many amazing beaches that have the bluest and most amazing turquoise water that you can imagine, when you combine this with great weather and sand that ranges from hues of white to pink, then you have some of the best beaches on the entire planet. Undoubtedly Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales is probably the most famous, especially for the stunning water colour and quality. Governor’s Beach on Grand Turk is another stunning one, but the reality is that there are many lesser known beaches that don’t have the same name, but equally as stunning. The coastline is also very unique from a geological perspective, especially the marine limestone foundation of the islands themselves and the barrier reef that lies not far from the shoes of the islands.
This is probably the most popular activity when it comes to visiting the islands, especially when you consider that there are so many islands and so much scenery to see. There are a number of boats that can take you on a cruise around the islands and these vary in size. On the cruises you can experience beautiful cays that are uninhabited or visit many of the various beaches on various islands, the possibilities are endless. Boat cruises are also a great opportunity to do some snorkeling and diving on the barrier reef. You can see many varieties of coral, colourful tropical fish and other marine wildlife.
Blue holes, caves and sinkholes
As is very common in the Caribbean, the limestone structure of the islands makes for a very interesting geological landscape in the Turks and Caicos islands. In particular the sinkholes, caves and blue holes were formed due to the fact that the limestone is porous and the water would seep through in places and wear it away. This process is known as the Karst process and has formed many of the interesting landforms on Turks and Caicos, such as The Hole on Providenciales, Conch Cave and the many limestone cliffs that dot the coastline of the islands. I personally enjoyed the Middle Caicos Ocean hole is huge and possibly the widest blue hole on the entire planet. Whether you see its stunning dimensions from the air or snorkel the water itself, it is a stunning sight to see.