I’ve been wondering where to holiday this year. In the last couple of years we’ve been to Bali and the US – Los Angeles, Charlotte and Las Vegas. Bali was amazing and quite relaxing. Vegas was a whirlwind of a trip and we couldn’t get enough. I’d go back any day.
A lot of friends and family have suggested the Caribbean. In fact, my brother and his family have been to the Caribbean twice in recent years because they love it there. On wondering where to visit, I’ve been looking at information on the best place to visit and Turks and Caicos seems extremely tempting. I hope to visit there soon but in the mean time here’s a collation of the information I’ve found and this has definitely swayed me towards these islands.
Truth be told, I’d never heard of Turks and Caicos. But looking at all the amazing photos, I cannot wait to look at booking a vacation there. I think a beach house in Turks and Caicos will be ideal for our next holiday. In fact, it would be perfect to get away with the extended family too. It’s been far too long since I’ve been on holiday with my siblings and their families. Come to think of it, we’ve never been away with the family.
Turks and Caicos is an archipelago that consists of about 100 (wow!) islands – all named! Providenciales seems to be the most populated and that’s where the airport is.
Turks and Caicos is a good 10 – 11 hour flight from the UK. This is not a problem for us as we fly long haul quite often and the children are seasoned travellers who enjoy flight food and entertainment. Never mind the air-sickness that hits them. It’s all part of the package.
The archipelago relies on luxury tourism as its main source of income so there are a number of resorts and many of them are all-inclusive. There are family friendly resorts which I will be looking at but there are also some that are only for adults.
I can think of nothing better to do than sit on a beach with a book and overlook crystal clear blue waters and Turks and Caicos seems to be ideal for this. The pristine beaches look never-ending and so inviting.
I also saw that besides the endless beaches there’s so much to do there. There are activities that are family friendly and there seems to be loads to do. Being an island, most of the activities are water related but there are also other activities to enjoy. And from what I’ve seen there are restaurants galore as well as a number of spas.
Here are the top picks for everything I want to do while on holiday there –
Columbus Landfall National Park – How amazing must it be to take a trip back in history and visit the very area where Christopher Columbus is first believed to have set foot in his discovery of the Americas. It is a protected area and littering and removal of historical artefacts or natural objects is prohibited. I’d better make sure that should we visit, the kids don’t think of putting even a sea shell in their pockets.
Conch Bar Caves – I’ve looked up this and these cave look lovely. There are 15 miles of caverns which are the largest of the Caribbean region. I have also seen that they consist of stalactites and stalagmites. I’m a little apprehensive about the fact that there are bats as they are not my favourite animal in the world but I’ll take the risk of entering the caves as I’ve sure they are beautiful in real life as they are in photos.
Visit the World First and Only Conch Farm – I’ve never seen live conch so this would be a great experience indeed. I’ve never tasted conch too so that will be another first.
Snorkelling and Sea Life – I would love to go snorkelling and Turks and Caicos seems to be the best place to do this. There’s also the lure of watching humpback whales which are sighted from January to April each year.
Visit Grace Bay Beach – the most beautiful beach in the world. I’ve also heard that it’s the residence of Jo Jo the bottlenose dolphin. And dolphins are my favourite sea creatures in the whole world.
See the salt crystals at the Grand Turk Salt Salina – these were the areas of salt production that were developed in the early 1700s and though they were unsuccessful due to the small scale production, it must be wonderful to still see these bits of history.
And we must never forget shopping as you can’t really go on a holiday and not shop. There seems to be great opportunities to shop especially at Grace Bay. There seems to be a lot of local souvenirs and gifts that would be perfect for friends and family back home as well as shopping for myself. I do love browsing local shops – it’s an ideal way of taking in the culture of a place.
The Caribbean has so much to offer and Turks and Caicos seems to offer so much on it’s own. There are even more attractions that I haven’t mentioned like going out on a real submarine or on a cruise or taking in the night life but it looks like on the archipelago we’ll be spoilt for choice for activities. And if all else fails, there’s always the book on the beach – the pristine beach which has won numerous awards from where you can look far into the horizon over crystal clear sapphire waters.