Just under 600 miles southeast of Florida, the British Overseas Territory of Turks and Caicos has been a tourist destination for the past 30 years or so, but has recently seen a massive increase of visitors in search of that ever elusive perfect beach. Although there are 12 inhabited islands in Turks and Caicos, the two major islands are Grand Turk and Providenciales, the latter of which houses the majority of the 31,500 residents. So what makes this place so amazing?
With only 24” of rain per year, and average high temperatures of 84 F and lows of 77, the weather here is nearly perfect for beach-goers and those looking for a warm getaway. This marine tropical climate stays almost constant year round, which means you can visit the islands any time of year and be assured you’ll have amazing weather. Short summer rainstorms are common, but are generally welcomed as a quick cool down, and are over before you know it.
That’s right, Turks and Caicos are a completely zero-tax zone. No taxes on income, capital gains, corporate profits, inheritance, or estates. Of course, this doesn’t really benefit tourists, but if you’re lucky enough to buy property or invest there, it makes these islands a very appealing place.
The Provo Golf Course is located on Providenciales, and is an 18-hole championship course that rents clubs so you don’t have to travel with yours. They also offer a full-service pro shop, practice chipping and putting areas, tennis courts, and a bar and grill. For an underwater adventure, the Scuba diving in Turks and Caicos is truly a sight to see, or try snorkeling if you don’t want to get down too deep. You can also book a whale-watching, fishing, sailing, or parasailing trip. When you’re done with the adventurous activities, try relaxing with a nice visit to a spa or salon before a night out at one of the amazing restaurants on the islands.
Eating and Drinking
Not long ago, restaurants on the islands would have no menu, serving only what the local fishermen brought in that day. Today the amount of bars and restaurants with world class chefs are sure to please even the most demanding foodies. The fresh seafood is recommended, as is a flaming drink, or an island classic, the rum punch.
While nightclubs are a rarity, the local bars usually have some great live music and offer a chance to get to know the locals, and maybe even challenge one to a game of pool.
The range of hotels in Turks and Caicos ranges from small beachfront villas to grand all-inclusive resorts. Whatever your needs, Turks and Caicos is sure to please!
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