A Quick Guide To Visiting TCI For The First Time

We all love to jet off from time to time and, if you’re heading to TCI, you can look forward to white sands, blue waters and incredible beaches, but there are some things you need to know before you arrive.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a quick guide, giving you some of the essential information before you go on your travels.

Turks and Caicos Holiday Destinations TCI

Getting there

Turks and Caicos is made up of 40 islands, the most heavily populated is called Providenciales. There are two airports in TCI, one is situated on Providenciales and the other on Grand Turk, although most travellers opt to fly to Providenciales.

If you’re heading to another island in TCI, the best way to get there from the airport would be to get a chartered boat or go with an operator such as Island Vibes. 

Weather

Warm weather can be expected year-round in Turks and Caicos, with the average high in August and September being 31°C (88°F) and the average low in January and February being 23°C (73°F) 

However, it’s important to be aware that Turks and Caicos does have a hurricane season – which runs from June up until and including November – and it’s advised that tourists don’t visit the islands during this period. 

Accommodation

In Turks and Caicos, you’ll be able to find all manner of accommodation options to suit your needs, regardless of whether you’re looking for a swanky hotel or an all-inclusive family resort.

Many visitors to TCI choose to stay near the action and right on the sands of Grace Bay beach, which has been voted as the most beautiful beach in the world.

In the Grace Bay area, you’ll find accommodation which spans the price range, with higher-end options such as the boutique all-inclusive resort Beach House and lower end options, all of which you will be able to find on websites like booking.com. 

Transport

Whilst there are transport options available on the islands, by far the most efficient way for tourists to travel Turks and Caicos is to hire a car. Hire cars are available for rental at the airport and it’s recommended that you book in advance.

There is no regulated bus service in TCI, although in Providenciales you may come across a service called ‘jitney’. Jitney is not a regulated bus service and is actually illegal so it’s best to steer clear if you come across this mode of transport.

If you don’t want to hire a car, you’re still able to use taxi services and ferries, although these options can be a little bit pricier. 

Must-see attractions

There are plenty of things to do and see in TCI, so you’ll never find yourself bored! Here are our top must-see attractions on the islands:

  • Grace Bay beach
  • The Conch Farm
  • Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas
  • Little Water Cay
  • Mudjin Harbour
  • Her Majesty’s Prison

All of this may seem a lot to remember, but Turks and Caicos is a fabulous holiday destination – just don’t forget to pack your sun cream!


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