When the weather is cold, grey and rainy outside, you can hardly blame us for daydreaming about our next summer holiday.
And, as somewhere warm, sunny and full of great things to see and do, the Caribbean is a great choice. From lazing on the white sand beaches and swimming in the azure seas to exploring the culture of the region, there’s something for everyone in this slice of paradise.
However, with popularity, unfortunately, comes crowds, and the Dominican Republic alone receives over 6 million tourists annually.
Luckily, there are still some destinations in the Caribbean that you can visit without encountering too many tourists. Turks and Caicos is a beautiful string of islands on the outer edge of the Caribbean and is relatively unknown, with the largest proportion of visitors dropping by for only a few days on a cruise.
With that in mind, we’ve found three reasons to visit TCI in 2018.
Of course, one of the main reasons to visit any Caribbean destination is the fantastic weather and Turks and Caicos is no different.
TCI has an average temperature of 29-32 degrees Celsius during the summer months of June to October and frequently reaches as high as 35 degrees Celsius towards the end of the season. During the winter months of November to May, average temperatures range from 27-29 degrees Celsius.
If that isn’t enough, the islands boast an average of 350 days sunshine every year, making it the perfect destination for sun seekers!
Turks and Caicos is also great for those looking to experience the culture of the region and is home to lots of things to see and do.
For the history buffs, TCI has lots of historical attractions to explore. From colonial plantations, such as Wade’s Green Plantation and Cheshire House, to the Sapodilla Bay Hill Rock Carvings and TCI’s only prison, there’s lots to get your teeth into.
For those looking to explore the region’s artistic culture, the Conch Bar Artisan Studio is a great place to visit. Acting as an initiative to continue the heritage of straw weaving in the islands, the Middle Caicos Co-op sell handmade baskets and bags from the studio as well as offering demonstrations and interpretive displays of this cultural activity.
Another great way to see the culture as a whole is to attend the Thursday Fish Fry on Providenciales. You’ll get to see local music and dancing, as well as local artisans selling their wares, all accompanied by some fantastic street food.
Finally, one of the best parts of TCI is the huge range of fantastic accommodation on offer throughout the islands.
If you’re looking for luxury hotels, there are lots of boutique options available, such as Beach House which offers an exclusive, adults-only experience.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Alexandra resort offers fantastic accommodation for low prices.
If you need somewhere for the little ones, Blue Haven is a great choice, as it has its own kids club and lots of activities for children.
We hope this has given you some inspiration to visit Turks and Caicos this year!