Visit a sun-kissed archipelago with long stretches of deserted sands, an extensive coral reef system and clear warm waters.
With 224 miles (360 kilometers) of fine, powdery sand beaches, calm turquoise water and the third-largest coral reef in the world, the Turks and Caicos Islands revel in stunning natural attributes. The island chain consists of scores of low-lying islands, of which only eight are inhabited.
With so much exceptional shoreline, selecting an idyllic beach will not be difficult. Bask in the sun at Grace Bay on Providenciales, a 12-mile (19-kilometer) stretch of sand. Enjoy the privacy of secluded bays and isolated coves, and visit the unspoiled beaches on North Caicos.
Turks and Caicos are a watersport enthusiast’s dream. Windsurf off Grace Bay, hop on a wakeboard or Jet Ski or kayak through tidal creeks and mangrove channels.
Immerse yourself in the archipelago’s diverse wildlife. Embark on a whale-watching trip from late January to early April when North Atlantic humpback whales pass through the islands’ waters during their annual migration. Dive among corals and encounter thousands of species of tropical fish. One of the most famous dive sites is The Grand Turk “wall,” where the shallow reef drops dramatically to a depth of more than 7,000 feet (2,133 meters).
Observe and photograph some of the hundreds of species of birds that live in the area. A handful of small cays have been set aside as protected breeding grounds for birds such as flamingos, pelicans and Cuban crows. Charter a boat for island hopping and live your fantasy of spending time on an island paradise all to yourself.
The beaches are not the only way to relax and rejuvenate. Surrender your body to blissful pampering on Parrot Cay. This island, thought to have been the refuge of the infamous pirate Anne Bonny, is now home to an exclusive resort and spa.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean to the east of Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands are just over 90 minutes’ flying time from Miami.