Curious about this corner of the Caribbean? Wish to visit this island paradise? Here is an overview of the beautiful undercover paradise known as Turks and Caicos.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are located the Lucayan Archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Boasting a tropical climate year-round, Turks and Caicos consists of two groups of islands, the Caicos Islands and the smaller Turk islands. The islands are located northeast of Cuba and southeast of the Bahamas.
Providenciales, located in the northwest part of the islands, is where most residents reside. The island, called â€œProvoâ€ by locals, is twenty miles long, east to west, and is easy to explore. The waters around Provo are shallow, making it an excellent place for water sports and other excursions.
Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay beach, the crown jewel of Turks and Caicos, is celebrated as one of the best beaches of the world. The beach hosts beautiful turquoise waters and pristine white sands. The waters are shallow and unaffected by trade winds, making it perfect for playing or just relaxing on the beach. As a result, the beach is a very popular destination for tourists.
To the east of Grace Bay beach is the Bight, a popular snorkeling spot. The Bight is very busy during the islandâ€™s high season due to its location near Provoâ€™s city center. It is just west of the Coral Gardens, another popular snorkeling spot due to its shallow waters.
Leeward is located in the easternmost part of Providenciales. It shares the same pristine beaches and white sands found in Grace Bay beach but is less crowded. The area features the mangrove ecosystem that protects the islandâ€™s vibrant marine life. This is the perfect area for those looking for peace and quiet for the duration of their vacation.
Looking to get a little wind in your sails? Look no further than Long Bay. Located to the south of Leeward, Long Bay has fewer resorts, making it ideal for individuals and families who wish to have the beach all to themselves. The area is affected by trade winds, making it perfect for kitesurfing.
Middle Caicos, to the east of Providenciales, has the fewest residents in Turks and Caicos. The area is desirable for adventurous types, hosting walking trails for the diligent explorer. The Conch Bar Caves are another highlight of the island. Finally, Middle Caicos has great spots for snorkeling and sailing.
South Caicos, east of Middle Caicos, is Turks and Caicos second smallest island. South Caicos is quiet and secluded, making it an ideal spot for visitors desiring privacy. With fewer resorts, itâ€™ll feel like vacationing on your own private beach. A prime area for water sports and kitesurfing, adventurous types will love this laid-back island.
Grand Turk, capital city of Turks and Caicos, is a popular cruise ship port. The star attraction is the Grand Turk Cruise Center. Highlights include one of the largest swimming pools in the Caribbean, a 45,000sq.ft shopping center, and the Caribbeanâ€™s largest Jimmy Buffetâ€™s Margaritaville Restaurant.
Of course, there are idyllic beaches to stroll across and crystal clear waters to swim in. South Beach is perfect for those seeking quiet time while enjoying time on the beach.
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