Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos are two groups of around 40 tropical islands in the Caribbean, just south of the Bahamas. As you might expect the islands are fringed by some of the best beaches to be found anywhere on earth. There are an estimated 230 miles of beautiful white sand beaches lapped by the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Turks & Caicos islands are bordered by what is one of the largest coral reefs in the world making them a popular diving location with some great sites to explore. There are further natural wonders inland with the stalagmites of Conch Bar Caves National Park on Middle Caicos well worth a visit.

The islands are a former British colony and remain a British overseas territory. Unsurprisingly tourism has now replaced salt production as the main industry. Turks and Caicos are also considered somewhat of a tax haven with thousands of overseas countries registered here.

For beaches you can't go wrong anywhere on the islands but the island of Providenciales (or Provo) is regarded as the top spot with internationally acclaimed beaches such as the 5 mile (8 km) long Grace Bay. Whilst the beaches on this part of the island certainly live up to their reputation you may be rewarded with a little more seclusion if you head westwards.

  • Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos BlueOrange Studio / 123RF

    Grace Bay

    Grace Bay rightfully ranks as one of the world's most alluring beaches, with an idyllic tropical setting playing its part. It is at the western end of the Turks and Caicos Archipelago, on the north shore of the island of Providenciales, known less formally as Provo. Cuba lies to the west and Miami to the northwest. At Grace Bay, the placid... read more »

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    Half Moon Bay

    Half Moon Bay is a narrow strip of pristine tropical beach that has formed between two uninhabited cays. Not so long ago these little Caribbean sand islands were separated by a channel, but this has since filled with beautiful beach.

    On the northern side of the sandy strip is a sheltered stretch of the Atlantic. The beach here is protected by a... read more »