With the world still struggling to escape the clutches of the economic downturn, the Turks & Caicos islands offer a very different way of life. Breaking Travel News touches down in search a cure for the blues.
Fallout from the global economic downturn has left many travellers feeling anxious, stressed and grumpier than usual. As a result, choosing a vacation destination is more important than ever. The Turks & Caicos islands offer a sun-drenched atmosphere of picturesque beaches, sparkling seas, superb food and lodging and a community known for their warm welcome and relaxed, peaceful lifestyle. Sound like a tonic for the blues?
The beaches that line the 40 islands and cays are of fine ivory sand, that some compare to sugar, in endless unbroken swathes. In most places, your footsteps are likely to be the first, and even on Providenciales’ acclaimed Grace Bay Beach, a “crowd” is rarely more than a few visitors passing by. Sunny days are the norm with heat and humidity moderated by constant tradewinds.
Yet what makes the biggest impression is the stunning colour of the surrounding sea. Some call it turquoise, other aquamarine; all testify to its crystal clarity and sparkle. There’s no excuse not to get wet, be it swimming or snorkeling over colorful coral reefs or scuba-diving on breathtaking walls. Many beaches boast wide shallows, perfect for kids to frolic in and the gentle waves are sand-castle friendly. Sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing and fishing trips are other chances to enjoy the sea. Of course, the oceanfront, upscale resorts all make it easy to simply enjoy the view from a comfortable lounger, with beverage and towel service at hand.
Complementing the sun’s luxuriant warmth is the friendly welcome you’ll receive from TCI’s congenial local populace. With tourism a relatively new development, resorts are typically state of the art, with every first-class amenity you’d expect. Yet the people retain a genuine desire to share their culture with visitors. So don’t be surprised when your taxi driver recommends a favorite spot for conch salad, or your concierge encourages you to visit the out-island where she grew up. Speaking of amenities, in Turks & Caicos you’ll find superb restaurants, with highly trained chefs elevating regional ingredients, especially seafood, to gourmet levels.
You’ll also find world-class spas, several shopping plazas, a championship golf course, tennis courts, fitness centers and a lively casino. Private villa rentals are available across the islands, for a truly “home away from home” experience. In fact, everything about Turks & Caicos makes it easy to feel at home: English is the native language and the US dollar standard currency. Being a British Overseas Territory ensures political stability, while a highly developed infrastructure and top-rate telecommunications keep life running smoothly. In late 2011, an extended runway opened at TCI’s gateway airport on Providenciales to accommodate larger aircraft from Europe; most major international carriers serve the country. More Information
Later this year Turks & Caicos will host the World Travel Awards Caribbean & The Americas Gala Ceremony. Hundreds of industry leaders will be welcomed to the islands on September 14th for the annual event. Head over to World Travel Awards for the latest.
For more information on the islands, visit the official site of the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board at www.turksandcaicostourism.com.