Turks and Caicos: beauty, nature and fun all in one!
If you are looking for a holiday in the Caribbean off the usual routes you can opt for Turks and Caicos. Crystalline waters, wild vegetation and lots of relaxation: what more could you ask for? The territory is located further south of the Bahamas, approximately 575 miles southeast of Miami and 90 miles north of the Dominican Republic, north of the Atlantic Ocean. The ideal season to go is just the winter and spring (December to April), when temperatures are milder than the sultry summer months. The archipelago includes 40 islands, most of which are uninhabited.
They are among the top ten destinations in the world for scuba diving, with white beaches such as talcum powder and clear waters populated by the most beautiful tropical fish. Turks and Caicos, an archipelago composed of about forty islands just south of the Bahamas, has become one of the favourite destinations for those looking for a postcard sea, the contact with nature and the relaxed climate. It is said that Christopher Columbus landed there the first time he set foot on earth in the New World. The official sources do not confirm, but the journals of the explorer seem to leave no doubt. First of all the pirates and then the smugglers, these islands were touristically discovered only at the beginning of the Sixties, when the first diving fans started to arrive.
Now they are a tax haven, specially chosen by Hollywood celebrities to spend their holidays, but keep the beauty of the seabed unchanged, possessing the third largest coral reef in the world. Only a dozen are actually inhabited: Grand Turks and Salt Cay in the Turks; South Caicos, East Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Pine Cay, West Caicos and Providenciales in the Caicos. The others are yet to be discovered, perhaps with a boat ride, hoping to meet the majestic humpback whales of the Atlantic (humpback), which every year, between January and March, migrate to the warm Gulf of Providenciales for mating.
Cockburn Town is town of about 3,700 inhabitants, it is located on the island of Grand Turk, southeast of the Turks and Caicos archipelago. It is the only inhabited centre worthy of the name, capital for 400 years and still administrative and financial centre. It is a typical and sleepy Caribbean town, with a couple of main streets (covered in sand), pastel-coloured colonial houses and historic government buildings. The best thing is to visit it on foot, to observe the typical wooden houses in the Bermuda style and the donkeys that walk here and there. The main tourist attractions are on the seafront, where there is also a statue dedicated to Christopher Columbus, in memory of his landing (according to unofficial sources).
To see the Central Post Office (where you can admire the Philatelic Bureau stamps), the four large cannons pointing towards the sea and the Turks and Caicos National Museum, which exhibits prehistoric objects, shell tools, and pearl necklaces. Inside there is also the Molasses Reef, the oldest documented republic of the Americas. Beautiful beaches around Cockburn, which overlook a beautiful coral reef and are part of the Columbus Landfall National Park.
There is no official sport at Turk’s and Caicos. Given the beauty of the seabed, however, the activities of diving and snorkelling are very developed. In particular, in the waters around the archipelago, it is a unique opportunity to witness the migration of thousands of whales that swim in the sea. Finally, for some years the islands have become a destination for birdwatchers: it is estimated that there are 170 species of birds on the island (including many pelicans and pink flamingos). Compared to other islands in the Caribbean there is a wilder atmosphere, emphasized by a crystal clear sea where you can dive and discover the incredible variety of fauna that populates it, such as sea turtles and tropical fish. A great opportunity for lovers of diving, considering that the archipelago is home to the third largest coral reef in the world.
Its wonderful beaches are composed of 370 km of white sand and hidden coves that enchant every tourist for their primitive charm. There are many Hollywood stars and VIPs who choose Turks and Caicos as an exclusive destination for their holidays. Finding a place to stay without spending too much, especially if you are on a budget could be a little bit tricky but you can play around looking for some hostels in some nearby area and booking months ahead your departure to make the most of it. Especially if you want to go for some tour of the island you would prefer to book several spots instead of one single solution to keep things practical and to go at your own pace while exploring the best and most precious part of this unique travel destination!