Turks & Caicos, Turks & Caicos

Those who claim that the UK suffers from a lack of sunshine have never been to Turks & Caicos – this sweep of 40 islands has been a part of Britain for more than 200 years, although its Blighty-based provenance is all but masked by its Caribbean climate and philosophy. In the heady days when pirates and smugglers stashed contraband in its palm-fronded coves, Turks & Caicos was renowned for exporting salt and cotton, but, today, it’s famed for importing honeymooners, scuba freaks and those who simply want to admire a spellbinding tropical vision from the comfort of an ivory-sanded beach. If you are able to tear your eyes away from the sublime ocean view, you’ll find that ‘TCI’, as the in-crowd know it, has a life beyond the scenery. Donkeys roam the salt ponds, flamingos flock to nibble from the shallow waters around its shores, and its inhabitants exude an easy-going friendliness, calling themselves, poetically enough, ‘Belongers’.

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When to go

The main draw to the islands is the year-round good weather. High season runs from January through to March, and off-season rates can be as much as 40 per cent less. Avoid June to October, though, unless you like sunbathing during hurricane season.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The islands’ main international hub is on Providenciales, which is well-served with regular flights from the UK, the US and Canada. There are smaller (by which we mean ‘tiny’) airports dotted elsewhere around the archipelago.
  • Trains

    There is no rail network in the Turks & Caicos.
  • Automobiles

    If you want to get a real feel for the islands, then hiring a car is absolutely essential. Make sure you ask for one with air-conditioning. Taxis, however, are inexpensive and plentiful.