Conch fritters (delicious fried shellfish snacks). Yes, you can get them elsewhere in the Caribbean, but they are so good in Turks and Caicos they even host an annual Conch festival to celebrate this deliciously unhealthy snack.
Isabel, Original Traveller
Located to the southeast of the Bahamas, the Turks & Caicos Islands are made up of eight major islands and numerous uninhabited smaller ones, known as 'cays'. They are renowned for their numerous white sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs, and are consistently rated among the top ten diving locations in the world. Providenciales, the largest island, is just an hour's flight from Miami and is well connected with other cities in the US and Europe.
Isabel is here to help give you the inside track.
Why we think you’ll love it
- The Turks & Caicos Islands have some exceptional diving, with more than 1,000 square miles of coral reef encircling the islands, excellent wall diving and a healthy marine environment.
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Luxury Turks and Caicos Holidays: The Detail
This forgotten corner of the Caribbean was placed firmly back on the map by the opening in 1998 of the excellent Parrot Cay. Further legitimacy arrived on the coat-tails of the opening of Amanyara in 2006.
Original Travel knows both hotels well and aside from indulging at these two five star retreats, diving is a key activity for visitors here. The Turks & Caicos Islands has some exceptional diving, with more than 1,000 square miles of coral reef encircling the islands, excellent wall diving and a healthy marine environment.
In fact the coral reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park are right offshore from Amanyara, and for the truly dedicated diver, the Turks & Caicos Aggressor is one of the finest liveaboard dive boats anywhere in the world, allowing access to further flung dive sites that can't be reached in day trips from any of the island hotels.
Back on dry land, there are excellent spas offering a range of treatments for the rejuvenation of body and mind, as well as yoga. Island hopping visits to the Iguana & Sand Dollar Islands are also possible. Finally there's good snorkelling in the shallow turquoise waters, catamarans, Laser sailboats, boogie boards and sea kayaks and an 18-hole championship golf course to tempt you away from the poolside.
Did you know
- The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited
- Technically, the Turks and Caicos are located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.
- The oldest excavated European shipwreck in the Northern Hemisphere was found off West Caicos on Molasses Reef. Originally thought to be Christopher Columbus' ship Pinta, this was later proven to not be correct and the Molasses Reef Wreck (circa about 1513) has not been identified