Turks & Caicos Travel Guide
The Turks & Caicos Islands in the Caribbean are a really popular destination spot for North Americans right now. I was lucky enough to spend a week in February on Grand Turk Island and I can honestly tell you it was an absolutely incredible vacation. If you're hunting for the perfect warm-weather holiday of your own, I definitely recommend a stay on Grand Turk. But before you book, here are a few important things to know that I picked up along the way.
1. Everything is Expensive - The one downside to island life is that very little is actually native to Grand Turk and almost everything has to be imported. Since the island only has a population of about 7000 people, I imagine the the import prices are pretty high. A box of Cheerios, for example, was $9USD. Grand Turk is worth it, but just be prepared for the cost of island living.
2. Animals are Everywhere - Grand Turk is an animal lover's paradise. Wild donkeys, dogs, and horses roam free on the island and it's totally normal to walk alongside a pony on your way to the grocery store. Little geckos also live among the cacti and tiny fish will join you in the ocean. If you're anything like me, this close proximity to nature will be one of the highlights of your trip.
3. Get Out On A Boat - Grand Turk is known for its excellent scuba diving, but even if you're not a diver there are so many amazing opportunities to experience ocean life. Whale watching is an absolute must-do if you're there between January and April. Getting up close to humpback whales on our little boat was one of the best travel experiences of my life so far. You can also do a boating excursion to Gibbs Cay to swim with sting rays and snorkel off the boat out in the open ocean with the help of a professional diver. We did all our boating excursions with Oasis Divers, which I highly recommend.
4. Everyone is on Island Time - Island time is one of the best things about being on holiday. No one on Grand Turk rushes anywhere, not even if they have a dinner reservation! Everyone moves at a more relaxed pace and I think people are generally happier for it. It was hard at first to slow down and get used to the pace of things, especially when it took twenty minutes to get a glass of wine in a restaurant, but eventually I learned to embrace the pace. If you are stressed out and want to relax in a place that will force you to slow down, Grand Turk might be the destination for you.
If you're a nature lover and you want to get up close and personal with whales, sting rays, dolphins, and donkeys Grand Turk is the perfect place to plan your next holiday. Or if what you're looking for is a quiet little corner of the world where you can read a book in peace and wander to dinner in your flip-flops whenever you feel like it, a trip to Grand Turk Island is exactly what you need.
PS: We stayed at Manta House, a lovely vacation home run by two Canadians. It's right on the beach and across from the Sandbar restaurant where Keisha's rum punch is famous across the island.
PPS: None of the links in this post are sponsored.