Planning A Trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands

Published September 8, 2020

Imagine yourself among palm trees with a cool ocean breeze, soft white sands, and sparkling turquoise waters surrounding you. That’s what you get when you plan a trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Turks and Caicos are a small chain of islands that make up a tropical paradise that is home to magnificent underwater life, including beautiful coral, thriving schools of fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and more. These tips will help you make the most of your time when planning a trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Get Your Passport Early

The Turks and Caicos Islands are not part of the United States, so you will need to have a passport. If you are traveling there on a cruise ship, you may not need a passport, but you will want to confirm that. Passports take between 6-8 weeks to arrive, but it could take longer. If your trip is in less than eight weeks, don’t worry. You can pay a fee to get your passport expedited if you are planning a trip last minute. The expedited service takes about 2-3 weeks. 

Book a Flight to The Turks and Caicos

Getting to the Turks and Caicos Islands from the United States is easier than you might think! Even though the islands are small, there are two airports. One is in Providenciales (PLS), an international airport where most guests fly into, and another is in Grand Turk (GDT) that runs flights to the islands. Providenciales Airport is only about 15-20 minutes from the main area of Grace Bay. The flight times are short and sweet, with a trip from New York to PLS being 3 hours long and Miami to PLS coming in at about a 1 hour and 40-minute flight. 

Book a Hotel in Turks and Caicos

There is no shortage of incredible places to stay in the Turks and Caicos. Grace Bay is one of the most popular and scenic locations with some of the world’s best beaches. It is close to the airport and has plenty of high-end resorts as well as more affordable hotels. There are all-inclusive resorts like Beaches Turks and Caicos that are perfect for a honeymoon, family trip, and everything in between with so much to do and see without ever leaving the resort. Places like Villa del Mar are more intimate and encourage exploring the area with easy access to restaurants and shops in Providenciales. 

Plan Your Turks and Caicos Activities 

When planning a trip to the Turks and Caicos, the island activities are where the fun really begins. There are so many exciting activities to do when visiting the Turks and Caicos. Whether you are looking for an adventure, some relaxation, or somewhere in between, there is something for everyone. 

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Snorkeling in the Turks and Caicos

Snorkeling is the perfect way to take in the beauty of the underwater world. The Turks and Caicos is home to the 2nd biggest barrier reef in the world and is a magnificent sight to see. When snorkeling, you can take your time and float around as long as you please! Just about anyone can go snorkeling and it doesn’t require much preparation other than being comfortable in the water. Taking a snorkeling cruise is one of the best ways to get the most out of snorkeling in the Turks and Caicos. 

Fishing in the Turks and Caicos

Fishing in the Turks and Caicos is sure to be a blast! With plenty of fish in the sea, some consider it a fisherman’s paradise. There are different types of fishing available here, like reef fishing, bottom fishing, deep-sea fishing, and bonefishing. Booking a fishing charter is one of the best ways to ensure a great day of fishing. When you book a fishing charter, you get a local expert to guide you to the best locations, provide the gear you need, and they have helpful advice to ensure everyone has a good time. 

Book a Private Charter Boat in the Turks and Caicos

Booking a private boat charter in the Turks and Caicos is one of the best ways to see the island from a different perspective and get to some special places that are only accessible by boat. When you book a private boat charter, you also get an experienced guide to show you around and make sure you don’t miss any of the area’s best sights. Private boat charters are also an excellent way to celebrate a special occasion like a bachelorette party, honeymoon, birthday, or whatever you feel like celebrating! 

Make Your Trip Unforgettable with Caicos Dream Tours 

If you are visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands, Caicos Dream Tours offers exclusive tours and personalized fishing charters, snorkeling trips, water sports excursions, sunset cruises, and more around the islands. The Caicos Dream Tours crew aims to provide you with a unique and special experience that will leave you feeling more knowledgeable about the islands and with memories that will last a lifetime. Plan your trip to the Turks and Caicos and book with us today!

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