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 best diving locations in the Caribbean.
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
Providenciales, the largest island, is just over an hour's flight from Miami, and thanks to a second weekly flight from London, it's even more accessible for us Brits, but amazingly remains off the main Caribbean radar - for now.
This blissfully overlooked 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. Development of luxury hotels here is slow, but in Turks it's all about quality, not quantity; the handful of luxury hotels here really are the cream of the crop.
Spend days reclining on powder sand beaches, with a view of turquoise, azure and ultramarine ocean between your toes, indulging in the freshest seafood (especially with a lobster season that runs from August to April), and retreating to the spa for the rejuvenation of body and mind.
Those of a more active disposition can try their hand at a range of watersports, from paddle boarding, kayaking, and even kitesurfing. Snorkelling and diving are also key activities 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.
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