If the thought of running away to a Caribbean island paradise has ever crossed your mind, you probably hold a vision of lounging on a beach, with a stunning view of the aqua colored ocean, and the sound of lapping waves for music.
Travel to the Turks and Caicos, a tropical Carribean island archipelago situated in the northern West Indies, and you'll have that and more. For accommodations, you can choose between contemporary beach houses, luxury villa rentals and classic five star resort hotels. Wherever you stay, you'll likely be steps from miles of white sand beaches and the crystal-clear waters that lap the shores.
Turks and Caicos is an island destination with something for everyone, whether you desire solitude and pampering at a private beachfront villa or luxury rental home, or choose to stay in a five-star hotel with luxury resort appeal. The wealth of options in Turks and Caicos is almost limitless.
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When you stay in a Turks and Caicos villa or luxury vacation rental, you will typically be just steps from white sand beaches. Renting a villa can provide the same level of luxury as staying in a suite in a hotel, yet offers a more peaceful and private setting.
These luxury rental homes tend to be contemporary, with simple, minimalist interiors, lots of glass framing the views, comfortable furnishings and neutral decor. The focus is on the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Most Turks and Caicos private villas feature spacious bedrooms, modern bathrooms, expansive decks or patios and breathtaking ocean views . In short, they provide not only the comforts of home, but also features and amenities that you are not likely to enjoy at home. Most beach house rentals feature well-equipped kitchens, modern audio and video systems, and washers and dryers should you wish to do some laundry while on vacation.
Whether your preference is for total seclusion or non-stop fun in the sun, there is a Turks and Caicos beach house rental that is ideally suited for you, Even though everyone has a different vision of the "perfect" beach, the Turks and Caicos islands boast some of the world's top rated beaches. The white sand beach at Grace Bay on Provo was voted No. 1 on the Conde Nast Traveler 2019 list of the "World's Best Beaches."
Another wonderful option is Leeward Beach, a more tranquil area east of Grace Bay. It has startlingly clear turquoise water and is known for its numerous conch (pronounced 'konk') seashells.
You won't see any luxury resorts along Leeward beach. All you will find here are private residences and modern beachfront villas for rent. Other popular beaches on Providenciales include Long Bay Beach, known for kiteboarding, and Sapodilla Bay Beach, with calm and shallow waters, ideal for families with little kids.
Venturing to other islands in the Turks and Caicos, Parrot Cay is home to some of the most exclusive and luxurious beach houses for rent in the islands. South Caicos island features miles of undeveloped beaches, and is home to the private villas at Sailrock Resort. On Grand Turk you can find villas for rent near Governor's Beach, renowned for the clearest water in the islands. Or opt to book a beach house on the north coast of Pine Cay, where only one resort and a few beachfront rental homes share a beautiful beach, where you can walk for miles along the sandy shores.
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Turks and Caicos hotels are located directly on the beach and feature tennis courts, jogging paths, gyms, pilates and yoga sessions, spa treatments, gourmet restaurants and cocktail lounges. As a hotel guest, you have access to private suites, and you can easily book a pool cabana, a massage, sailing lesson, island tour or a dinner reservation in one of the resort's own dining areas.
While there are a handful of tall hotels, most 5 star hotels here are gracious Caribbean-style hotel resorts along Grace Bay, quiet boutique hotels on secluded cays, and delightful, smaller resorts that appeal to simpler tastes. Some are perfect for a romantic escape, while others cater to families who want to stay active and experience the full panorama of activities. Leading 5 star hotels in the Turks & Caicos islands include Wymara, Amanyara, The Beach House and the Grace Bay Club
Turks and Caicos luxury resorts on smaller cays and private islands offer the ultimate privacy and a phenomenal opportunity to escape from reality. They are also well-suited for destination weddings and family reunions.
If you are with friends or family who want a more relaxed, less structured atmosphere where you can enjoy each other's company , renting a luxury villa may be the answer. If, however, you are traveling with a group of friends whose interests and expectations for service vary widely, then a luxury resort hotel may offer an ideal solution.
Turks and Caicos resort villas offer visitors unrivaled luxury and exemplary service in serenely beautiful settings.
Luxury villas are often close to some of the best beaches in Turks and Caicos. The best part is that booking a private home doesn't mean you'll need to clean-up after yourself. When you rent one of these luxury vacation homes, you can set-up any level of service you desire including regular housekeeping and laundry service, private chefs, butlers, in-villa masseuses, chauffeurs and more.
Our knowledgeable vacation planners not only listen to your requests and assist with selecting the perfect villa, then we go the extra mile to assist with bookings your flights, renting a car for you, setting up local restaurant reservations and ensuring that your vacation turns out to be exactly what you wanted. If you want to stay in most nights and don't want to hassle with shopping, you can also choose to have WIMCO stock the refrigerator with groceries in advance.
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The Turks and Caicos islands consist of a chain of 40 small islands and cays. This small Caribbean nation is situated 600 miles southeast of Miami, halfway between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
All but eight of the islands are uninhabited. The two larger islands at either end of the chain are Grand Turk to the southeast, and Providenciales (known as "Provo"), to the northwest. According to a January 2020 United Nations estimate, the total population of the islands numbers only about 40,000.
Cockburn Town on Grand Turk is the capital city and the historic heart of the island nation. But Providenciales has usurped Cockburn Town as the modern center of business, government and tourism.
Curious about whether you will need to exchange money at the airport? You can keep your dollars as Turks and Caicos has adopted the U.S. Dollar as its official currency, although the Bahamian dollar is also widely accepted.
The lifestyle here is luxurious yet low key. Enjoying the sea, sand and sun are the primary ways to spend a day, and the surrounding waters offer a virtually unlimited variety of marine life.
Tourism is the primary industry, and while you will find well paved roads, modern restaurants and contemporary shopping plazas, development has not created the "boom towns" of other destinations, nor has it spawned the chain outlets and souvenir shops that you might find in less sophisticated islands. Life in the Turks and Caicos Islands remains charming, although new development will bring some changes to the scenery.
The weather is tropical and relatively consistent throughout the year, and the water temperature varies by only a few degrees from winter to summer. Normal temperatures include daytime highs in the 80s; lows rarely dip below 70. The most popular times to vacation on the islands is between November 1 and June 27.
December, January and February are typically the "coldest" months in Turks and Caicos, with daytime temperatures hovering around 80 degrees. In the summer, it can be hot, with highs in the mid-90s, but the lure of the water and the tropical breezes is delightful.
In the fall, the islands are subject to tropical storms, but actual hurricanes have rarely made landfall in the Turks.
Most activities center around the water: Boating, sport-fishing, swimming, kite-surfing, charter boat excursions to remote cays, kayaking or lazy days spent by a freshwater pool are all possible, no matter where you stay.
The world's third largest barrier reef lies just off the northern shores of the Turks & Caicos islands. You'll find dozens of dive shops and boat charters catering to snorkel and scuba diving enthusiasts.
Plan an expedition to remote cays from your Turks and Caicos beach house, kayak through native mangroves, spend a morning looking for whales and rays in the clear waters, or explore the white sand beaches of centrally-located East Caicos, one of the largest uninhabited islands in the Atlantic.
Get your fill of fresh-caught seafood at casual eateries, enjoy the service and innovative menu offerings at the best restaurants in Turks and Caicos like Coco Bistro and Solana. Those seeking a relaxed vibe can seek out the Conch Shacks and casual beach bars like Somewhere Cafe, many of which feature live music well into the late night hours.
Learn about local crafts and history, including pirate lore and the time when rum-runners sailed the waters between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. Grand Turk Island was first settled in 1681 by former British Colonists from Bermuda who recognized the financial benefits of sea salt production. Today you can find locally sourced gourmet salt products, carrying on the tradition. Getting to the Turks and Caicos.
For Americans and Canadians, the islands are easy to reach by air. Frequent non-stop flights are available from many major cities including New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and London. Most flights from the U.S. and Canada arrive at the airport in Providenciales (PLS), but Grand Turk also has an international airport. Commuter air service is available to all the inhabited islands. Non-stop flight time from Miami is less than two hours; flying from Toronto will take only about 3 ½ hours; and you'll spend just a little over five hours traveling from Denver.
It's also possible to arrive by private yacht or to charter either a "bareboat" or a crewed vessel once there. Cruisers can combine a sailing journey through the Bahamas with a visit to the Turks and Caicos, and some Turks and Caicos beachfront villas boast private docks, allowing renters to explore land and sea with equal ease. A modern cruise center opened on Grand Turk in 2006, and several cruise lines now call in Turks and Caicos, but the port calls are typically only for a few hours.
Vacationing in the Turks and Caicos Islands is distinctive, mesmerizing and particularly inviting. Island life is easy; the weather is almost always perfect, and the sense of tranquility is transformative. Local residents are friendly and accommodating. With WIMCO to assist in vacation planning, your customized beach vacation getaway is an attainable dream.
The islands are simply the backdrop — a tropical paradise that has adapted well to a luxurious contemporary vibe. The Turks and Caicos Islands have a long history and a full roster of places to go, things to do and exciting diversions. This island group may be somewhat under the radar of mainstream consciousness, but a vacation experience in the T&C can be unforgettable. If you visit once, chances are good that you'll want to return!
Rely on WIMCO's concierge service for a memorable vacation. Luxury rentals in the Turks and Caicos are our specialty. Storied bays and legendary beaches await your arrival. No matter what kind of accommodation you decide upon ‒ a private villa nestled into a cliff-side site with a stunning view, a Turks and Caicos beach villa overlooking a quiet bay, or a villa at an upscale resort featuring an equal measure of spa treatments and active watersports — simply leave the planning details to our vacation specialists. We listen to your requests and respond to your wishes.
We assist with all the arrangements, from rental details to coordinating flights, baggage transfers and local transportation. We'll stock your kitchen prior to your arrival and arrange for a chef to cook dinner upon your arrival or special meals throughout your stay.
Our concierge staff is on call 24/7 to answer your questions or help with local bookings. It's all part of the service, and it's our promise of a memorable vacation.
Contact us now so that we can begin planning your vacation trip to Turks and Caicos. WIMCO's vacation planners will help you make it an extraordinary experience.