Glittering white sand, crystal clear waters and palm trees that lazily sway in the breeze. The Turks and Caicos Islands, an archipelago southeast of the Bahamas, is a veritable dream come true, and the next stop for our latest adventure. So pack the sunscreen and get swept up with us.
Who’s been spotted there?
With 40 islands to choose from, and a number of luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts, it’s safe to say the islands can deliver on their promise of exclusivity. Superstars Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Karrueche, Kylie Jenner and Cara Delevingne have all graced the tropical paradise. As have world leaders Queen Elizabeth II and Bill and Hillary Clinton. That’s one impressive guest list if we don’t say so ourselves!
Pic: Karrueche wearing Zingiber in Turks and Caicos earlier this year.
Where to sleep?
The beauty of Turks and Caicos is that everyone’s taste is accommodated for, and this certainly extends to the architecture. As always, we recommend living local AirBnB-style. Trust us, there’s no shortage of options. You’ll find:
Crisp, white villas (AirBNB link click here):
Romantic beach cottages (AirBNB link click here):
Unique treehouses (AirBNB link click here):
Palatial ocean homes (AirBNB link click here):
Where to find the best coffee (and breakfast)?
If you’re anything like us, nothing compares to the aroma of fresh baked bread in the morning. It’s for this reason we can’t go past Caicos Bakery — Providenciales only French bakery. Nothing improves coffee like a warm, crisp, sweet pastry.
Where to play?
The water surrounding the islands abounds in sea life. We’re talking; colourful coral, tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins, porpoises, lemon sharks, hawksbill turtles, and if you’re lucky, whales. A scuba-diving tour is a great way to take it all in. However, if the open ocean isn’t for you there are many beautiful snorkelling sites much closer to land.
Where to shop?
The best Turks and Caicos shopping can be found at the boutique plaza, Regent Village. Found in central Grace Bay, the state of the art centre boasts more than 30 well-established stores.
Where to eat, and drink?
For those that like their meal with a good drop in hand (read: anyone who purports to have good taste) Magnolia Wine Bar & Restaurant is for you. The great wines are only rivalled by the glorious views 40ft above Turtle Cove Marina on Providenciales’ north shore.
Operated by a husband and wife team, the meals make use of local fare. The signature sesame crusted rare tuna is a favourite. Even better, their amazing cocktails/wine make it a place you can truly settle in and relax. Because really, that’s what Turks and Caicos is all about.
Where to swim?
If you want something off the beaten track that’s free from swarming tourists, head to Chalk Sound on the southwest of Providenciales. An absolutely massive lagoon, the stunning waters of this national park are shallow and extremely calm. In other words, it’s perfect for kayaking and paddle boarding.
What to wear?
Get the Karrueche look...
Until our next stop...