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Traveling to Turks and Caicos was my first solo trip experience. I had an amazing time and met many cool travelers from all around the world. The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are British islands, formed of 40 islands and cays in the Atlantic Ocean, only eight of which are inhabited. The official language is English and US dollar is the official currency of Turks and Caicos. All visitors must have a round trip ticket and are allowed to stay for only 30 days.
HOW TO GET THERE
I went to Turks and Caicos in February 2016. I was able to find a RT air fare flying out of New York’s JFK to Providenciales (PLS) for $260. JetBlue offers nonstop flights. Distance from NYC is 3 hours and 30 minutes. Use Google Flights to find the cheapest possible air fare.
There is no public transportation on the island. Traffic drives on the left as in the United Kingdom and there are many roundabouts.
Rent a car on Travelocity and drive around the island. As of now (summer 2017), Avis offers less than $200 per week car rental rate with taxes included.
Another place to rent a car is Scooter Bob, located in the Turtle Cove Marina area. I used their services during my stay. It’s a family owned business. You should check them out!
Keep in mind that weekly car rental is always cheaper, gives you more flexibility to explore the island and to buy food from the supermarket every time you need.
Hotel prices in Turks and Caicos are extremely high. The cheapest way to get a lodging is through AirBnb. I stayed at a lovely couple’s apartment in the area of Turtle Cove Marina. You can check their AirBnb listing and read my review about them. Room rate is in the range of $100/night.
FOOD & ALCOHOL
If you are on a budget, you should buy products from the local supermarket to prepare your own breakfast and sandwiches for the day and eat out only in the evenings. Alcohol is expensive in Turks and Caicos. Don’t forget to buy what you need from the Duty Free Shop. You can save tons of money if you bring your own alcohol and use insulated bottles such as Hydro Flasks to make your own drinks. Bring two insulated bottles so you can use one of them as a water bottle.
Did you know that Turks and Caicos is home to the only conch farm in the world? Try the amazing variety of conch dishes while you are on the island!
Great for dinner on sunset. It offers the most amazing conch sandwich, beautiful view of the marina and sharks that swim below the balcony each night.
2. Las Brisas Restaurant and Bar (Neptune Villas)
Great for lunch. It presents stunning views of the National Chalk Sound Park.
Great for late afternoon. Beach-side seafood restaurant where you can have drinks and conch, while enjoying the ocean view.
4. Rickie’s Flamingo Cafe (Grace Bay)
Great for late afternoon and sunset. Beachfront restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy rum punch and curry conch with rice and beans.
Remote, beautiful with shallow calm water. Bring your own beach umbrella if you plan to spend the day there.
Kiteboarding, clear calm water, 3 mile long beach with pretty palm trees.
3. Leeward Beach (Northeast)
Less development and less traffic, choppy water but scenic area.
5. Bight Reef on Grace Bay (Coral Gardens Resort)
6. Pontoon Cruises
out of Las Brisas Restaurant in Chalk Sound National Park
Day 1 (day of arrival)
• Spend the day snorkeling and chilling at Smith’s Reef
. Bring a cooler with your own food and drinks.
• Go for dinner at the Sharkbite Bar & Grill
in the Turtle Cove Marina. Get a beer and try their fabulous conch sandwich! I had this sandwich every night during my stay on the island. Watch the sharks swimming under the balcony.
• Drive to the southwest part of the island to Las Brisas Restaurant and Bar
, part of Neptune Villas, overlooking the breathtaking waters of Chalk Sound National Park. Have a beer and try their appetizers while waiting for a boat tour.
• Take Pontoon Cruise
, offered by Neptune Villas. Duration of the tour is about two hours. Their office is located right by the restaurant and you can sign up for the morning or afternoon tour once you get there or to reserve in advance call +1 (649) 946-5306
• Spend the rest of the day on the fantastic Taylor Bay Beach
, which is just a few minutes away from Neptune Villas.
• Drive to Long Bay Beach
and spend the morning there. Bring a cooler with your own food and drinks
• Drive to Leeward Beach
and spend a few hours there, enjoying the stunning views
• Drive to the nearby Rickie’s Flamingo Restaurant
to end the day with rum punch and curry conch with rice and beans, while looking at the beach and enjoying the sunset
Day 5 (last day)
• Spend the day chilling on Grace Bay, enjoying snorkeling the Bight Reef
near the Coral Gardens Resort.