From beaches to snorkeling to festivals, Turks and Caicos offers an unforgettable setting for an island getaway. Take your pick of Turks and Caicos villas, and live like a local in this Caribbean paradise.
With a marine tropical climate and the moderating effects of the Caribbean Sea, Turks and Caicos enjoy warm, sunny weather year-round. In July and August, temperatures regularly reach the upper 80s and low 90s. In December and January, temperatures top out in the low 80s. Though the islands are generally sunny, fall is the rainy season, and November tends to be the rainiest month.
No matter your final destination, it's easiest to fly into Providenciales International Airport on the western side of the islands. If you're planning to stay in the Providenciales area, it's usually easiest to take a taxi to your vacation home. To reach Turks and Caicos villas in the central and eastern parts of the island, fly into one of the smaller airports and consider renting a car to get around. You won't find public transit on the islands, but you can almost always rely on a taxi in a pinch.
Hit the beach in Grace Bay; an island favorite that offers about 12 miles of immaculate surf and sand near Providenciales. Nearby, Taylor Bay offers some of the islands' best shallow water, which is ideal for families and kids. For snorkeling, head to Governor's Beach near Grand Turk, a popular place to spot tropical fish and coral. Smith's Reef and Bight Reef are also great places to see fish, sea turtles, and other underwater life. Golf fans won't want to miss the chance to play a round at the Provo Golf Club. The course might be relatively challenging, but with lessons from PGA pros and palm trees at every turn, spending the day here is a breeze. When you want to get out of the sun, head indoors to the Turks and Caicos National Museum, which offers a fascinating look at the islands' history. Learn about everything from legendary shipwrecks to natural history to island culture.
Food lovers, sports fans, and music enthusiasts will appreciate the islands' many festivals. Ring in the new year with Junkanoo Jump Up, which calls for costumes, dancing, and traditional African music all night long. Each May, the South Caicos Regatta wows with boat races and parades. In late July and early August, the Turks and Caicos Music and Cultural Festival entertains locals and visitors alike with hip hop, soul, and R&B music. A beauty pageant and local food vendors round out this colorful event. In November, the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival celebrates every aspect of the conch with a tasting event, a conch blowing contest, and live music performances.