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Turks and Caicos Islands Travel Guide: 365 reviews and 1,554 photos

A Lesser-Known Paradise

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a coral-reef paradise, largely shut off from the world, free of pollution and crowds -- although a lot of constructions sites seem to point toward a Bahamas-in-the-making. Still, the beauty and tranquillity of this island chain remain.

The highlight of Turks and Caicos is an incredible array of beaches, some stretches of soft white sand run for miles and some of the world's most magnificent underwater life. You can enjoy almost 500 miles of pristine underwater coral reefs whether you are a diver or a snorkler!!

Grace Bay Beach

Conde Nast once rated this pristine, white beach as one the best in the world. Others claim it's the best in the Caribbean. Certainly, if you picture the quintessential Caribbean beach, this is it. Clean, powedery white sands, not too many crowds, turquoise water. The only glitch is that the beachfront is now domniated by a strange and awkward new type of bird -- namely the giant construction crane. Avoid being annoyed by this by keeping your eyes turned firmly out to the crystal blue waters of the ocean.

A Conch Eater's Dream

I was told by a local that you cannot find better conch anywhere in the Caribbean, Indded, I had conch four different ways over the course of a four-day trip. It's fabulous and the ways and places places to try it, include:

Hemmingways Restaurant: Conch Strips
Aqua Restaurant: Pecan-Crusted Conch Filet
Gecko's Grille: Conch Fritters
Hole in the Wall: Conch Chowder

On the other hand, if you're not into eating it, just collect the beautiful shells that wash up on the beach -- like the one in this photo!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great Beaches and Fantastic Diving/Snorkeling!
  • Cons:It's really just a series of sandbars, so don't look for geographic diversity!
  • Last visit to Turks and Caicos Islands: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 10, 2006
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  • ScubaCat's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2006 at 12:29 PM

    Isn't T&C great!!! I loved it there, both topside & down below. Did you do a stingray dive there? (looks like frm your pic). If so, that must be something new & I hope you say yes so that when I return I can do a stingray dive :-)

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2006 at 5:47 PM

    So how many pages is the book about T&C - 6? ;-) Trust you had a great time, Karl

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