Destination Guide – Turks & Caicos

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Most people will have  a hard time finding the tiny achipelago of Turks & Caicos on a map, these beautiful islands are located just above the Dominican Republic, in the most turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Part of the British Overseas Territory, Turks & Caicos is a true pearl of the Caribbean: less crowded than its neighbouring islands, sheltered from the strong Atlantic winds, blessed by perfect temperatures year-round, it is a must for the perfet beach holiday and destination weddings.

As if this wasn’t enough, Turks & Caicos very own Grace Bay (located in the island of Providenciales) has been named Best Beach in the World several times by travelers and travel experts alike: 11 kilometers of powdery white sand and clean turquoise waters.

To take full advantage of Grace Bay, book a stay at the Regent Palms, a sophisticated, tranquil resort of five buildings, built from hand-cut coral stone, set on 12 acres of manicured gardens.

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The Regent Palms

Grace Bay

Grace Bay

Guests while away the hours on the beach while sipping a rum punch, or take stand-up paddleboard lessons in the calm Caribbean waters. After looking at arguably one of the best sunsets in the world, dinner is served at Parallel 23 (regenthotels.com) for some world-class dishes. A must while in Turks are the Corn and Conch Chowder and the Caicos lobster tail.

The best way to visit the islands is by scooter, renting one for the day(try Paradise Scooters) will set you back about 60$ and will allow total freedom in visiting some of the most beautiful spots, like the Chalk Bay Sound, a natural lagoon on the southwest of Providenciales that has the unique feature of having hundreds of small rocky islands in shallow brilliant turquoise water, or Long Bay where the conditions are perfect for kitesurfers.

Long Bay

Long Bay

Stop for some shopping on Grace Bay Road (local rum makes a great souvenir) in Providenciales and enjoy an iced coffee at the wonderfully quirky Lemon2Go Coffee & Flower Shop.

For a great conch-based lunch by the beach a safe bet is Bugaloo’s, where you’ll see live conch harvesting, or to Da Conch Shack, a true island institution, while for delicious sunset drinks with a view, and tasty mexican eats, head to the terrace of Somewhere Cafè .

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Bugaloo's Conch Fritters

Bugaloo’s Conch Fritters

In need of more relaxation? Check in at the Exhale Spa at the Gansevoort Hotel here you can enjoy one of the signature treatments, like the Provo Flow Massage which utilizes flowing techniques to open locked muscles and free energy blockages, or join in an award winning Core Fusion® and yoga class.

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Gansevoort TCI’s fabulous pool

TIP: for the best airfares it is wiser to fly into NYC and book a low cost flight from there, as direct flights from Europe tend to be very expensive.

BEFORE YOU GO: take a look at My Sea Story, a lovely blog that will give you a true insight on Turks & Caicos.

WHEN TO GO:  December through May is the best time to visit, bearing in mind that December is high season and prices can become fairly steep. It is also good to know that lobster season ends in mid March.

Text by Carlotta Cavallari

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