Tired of the hustle and bustle of busy life and crowded tourist destinations? If so, Turks and Caicos is your ultimate getaway. Escape to this secluded paradise and discover the island’s treasures – shimmering azure water, colorful coral reefs, long and soft-sanded beaches, a careless lifestyle and much more. The islands are well for offering seclusion, and even though in recent years popular chain restaurants and services have opened their doors to visitors, Turks and Caicos remains a secluded travel destination. Here are ten travel tips you need to know before you come.
Choose your departure airport wisely
Check the flights at your local airport, as well as other nearby airports. Based on the flight connection the closest airport is not always the best and fastest way to get to the islands. If there is a better connection from another airport consider departing from there.
Plan your budget
Visiting paradise comes at its price. The overall price of food and services is twice as high compared to the continental United States. So keep this in mind and if you need to, bring an extra credit card. In addition to the cost of paradise, everything needs to be imported here, so this adds an additional cost.
Just like in the United States standard tipping is considered 15-20%. If you stay at an all-including hotel, the tip amount will most likely be added to your stay. In case of doubt ask your concierge.
Generally speaking, Turks and Caicos has pleasant and consistent weather throughout the year. The average temperature from June to October is 85-90°F (29°-32°C) and this is when the weather is considered hot. The cooler temperatures of 80-84°F (27°-29°C) are from November to May. Just like for other Caribbean islands there is a hurricane season, and it officially starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th.
Ride the cab
One thing to know and keep in mind, taxi rides are per person instead of per ride. So if you travel in a larger group, expect a bigger bill disregarding the distance you travel.
Renting a car
If paying cab rides per person is not your thing, consider renting a car. That way you will have more flexibility and affordability. Keep in mind that the minimum car rental age in Turks and Caicos is 25 years in most cases due to insurance policies. There are a few businesses that have a minimum rental age of 21.
Most of the traffic is on Providenciales where most of tourists go. The other islands see less traffic and are more stress-free when it comes to driving. One thing to know is that some of the roads are “island-style” quality, so drive with great caution.
Did you know that Turks and Caicos has the 3rd largest barrier reef in the world? Therefore, the snorkeling and scuba diving here is simply amazing. If you plan to scuba dive you need to get a scuba certificate. Best to do that before you come so you don’t lose any time and can enjoy the serenity of the underwater world here right away.
If you love lobster there is just one thing to know, there is a lobster seasons that starts from August 15th and ends on April 1st. During that time you will find delicious lobster dining options across the islands. During the rest of the year it is illegal to catch lobsters, so if you are set on lobster dining plan to visit during lobster season.