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Turks and Caicos Travel Info

Turks and Caicos Travel Info

Turks and Caicos- Travel Information

  • Direct flights from 12 US & Canadian airports including Atlanta, Miami, Montreal, and New York. British Airways fly from London with a brief stopover in Antigua.
  • No visas are required for US, Canadian, and UK/ EU citizens visiting the islands.
  • English is the official language and the US Dollar is the official currency.
  • Turks and Caicos is home to the third-largest reef in the world.
  • Beaches in Turks and Caicos are regularly named some of the best in the world. In 2019, Turks and Caicos were named the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination 2021 and the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination 2020 at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

 

 

Remote Working in Turks & Caicos

Remote Working in Turks & Caicos

Business Friendly

The official currency in Turks and Caicos is the US Dollar. English is the official language.
The islands have a range of well qualified professionals and high quality office space in the town center of Providenciales.

 

Connections

An undersea fiber cable gives Providenciales, Grand Turk, and even some remote areas on the smaller islands reliable, high-speed 4G coverage. Direct flights operate from 12 US and Canadian cities including Miami, New York and Toronto.
Turks and Caicos has a small but mature and sophisticated offshore finance sector with strong connections to global financial hubs.The islands are on the same time zone as the US Eastern Seaboard.

 

Lifestyle

According to Conde Nast Traveler, ‘even by the world-beating standards set by its Caribbean neighbors, the Turks and Caicos really is out on its own when it comes to almost absurdly paradisaical beaches.’
Watersports enthusiasts are spoiled for choice with world class kiteboarding, wake boarding, diving and sport fishing. From November to Easter you can snorkel with humpback whales. Boat trips to stunning deserted island beaches are easily arranged. Dorado- Mahi-Mahi- are just one of the local fish to catch and cook. Some of the best reef diving in the Caribbean is at your door.
Bruce Willis, Prince and many other celebrities have had beach homes in Turks and Caicos over the years and with current part time residents like Donna Karan, Keith Richards and Brad Pitt there are plenty of high end dining options in Providenciales.

 

Secure & Stable

Turks and Caicos is an internally self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
The island’s have a long history of political stability, a legal system primarily based on English Common Law and a S&P BBB+ Credit Rating making it an attractive location for HNWIs from all over the world.

 

Where to Live

Grace Bay on the main island of Providenciales is the ‘star’ beach, regularly named as one of the best beaches in the world, however other beaches like Long Bay are attractive to high profile visitors looking for privacy and relaxation.

 

Buy or Rent?

‘It is better to come here for a short vacation/ visit and see where is right for you, before making any big decisions’ says Gerry Dallas the General Manager of TKCA, one of the island’s premier luxury property rental & management companies.
He says that an increasingly popular option for wealthy individuals is to buy a villa that they and their family and friends can use but which gives a strong rental income the rest of the year.
‘Beachfront Villas start at $1,000 per night and the more lavish properties in our portfolio sell at over $10,000 per night at the height of season. We are seeing a lot of investment in the $5 Million range and with good rental returns these properties are a worthy investment’, adds Gerry.
Yves Boulet is one of the top contractors for luxury developments in the islands and agrees that most buyers want to live there for a few weeks or months a year. ‘We are fortunate to have very wealthy clients who want a truly exceptional beach vacation villa. However, some of them would also like the villa to ‘pay its way’ so to speak.’

 

IN BRIEF:
The Turks and Caicos is not a cheap place to ‘hang out’ and it doesn’t pretend to be.
However, for anyone looking for an incredibly beautiful Caribbean island to base themselves for a 3 week or 3 month luxury beach escape from the Northern Hemisphere winters, the Turks and Caicos Islands have ‘star quality’.

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Top 5 Restaurants in Providenciales

Top 5 Restaurants in Providenciales

coco bistro garden

 

Local resident and business owner Gerry Dallas gives us his favorite ‘Top 5 High-end Restaurants on Providenciales.’

 

Bella Luna Ristorante and Pizzeria

A traditional ‘old school’ Italian restaurant in Grace Bay with a lovely garden providing fresh produce to the kitchen.

Caicos Cafe Bar & Grill

The outdoor setting under the Poinciana Tree is perfect for a romantic dinner. Informal ambiance and friendly service.

Coco Bistro

Located in the heart of Grace Bay, one of the best fine dining restaurants on the islands. Beautiful garden setting, outstanding food. Reservations essential.

For a less formal and less expensive ‘quick bites’ try their Coco Van right next door.

Le Bouchon du Village

The best French restaurant in Turks and Caicos.

Seven

An award-winning fine dining restaurant on Grace Bay. Local seafood dishes are particularly good, for meat lovers the Chateaubriand is outstanding! The restaurant also has a private dining room for up to ten guests- ‘The Tasting Room at Seven’- with a 2,500-bottle wine cellar and exceptional sommelier. [Book a table…]

About our guest author: Gerry Dallas is the General Manager at TKCA Vacation Rentals, a a luxury vacation rental & property management company located in Grace Bay.

 
Diving in Turks and Caicos

Diving in Turks and Caicos

Diving in Turks and Caicos

Diving in Turks and Caicos

Planning a dive in the Turks and Caicos Islands?  There’s plenty to see and experience!

The Wall

Turks and Caicos is one of the few dive areas in the Caribbean that boasts a dramatic ‘Wall Drop Off’ – much like an underwater cliff. Imagine that the Turks and Caicos Archipelago is the top of an underwater mountain range, with the peaks and plateaus forming the islands themselves, and leaving the sheer drop off of the ‘mountainsides’ for Scuba Divers to explore!  Divers will want to listen to their dive briefing from their guides – dive with a computer and monitor their depth at all times.  And then, take that giant stride into our beautiful turquoise waters and experience the thrill of gliding along the dramatic wall.

The Wall Turks & Caicos

Sharks

We are fortunate in Provo to have a healthy, resident shark population – a great indicator of reef health!  Our resident Caribbean Reef Sharks are seen on most dives – it’s rare a morning of diving will pass without a Reef Shark sighting! These beautiful creatures are thrilling to watch as they cruise the wall.  And as there are no organized shark feeding activities on our reefs, you’ll be treated to seeing the Sharks in their most natural behaviors.  While Caribbean Reef Sharks are our most common sightings – keep your eyes out!  We are occasionally treated to a swim by  of the more transient species like Hammerhead or Tiger.  Always a thrill!

Shark TCI

Rays

The most common Ray you’ll see in these Turks and Caicos Waters are the Southern Stingray.  You’ll find these smokey grey creatures cruising over the sandy flats in search of a meal, or taking a nap buried in the sand itself with just a couple of eyeballs visible! But don’t keep looking down! Spotted Eagle Rays are occasional visitors – these stunning beautiful rays are adorned with spots and ‘fly’ through the water column and can be found along the walls and reefs as well as in the shallows.  Finally, if you’re exceptionally fortunate, you might spot a Manta Ray. These large, pelagic creatures with a dark black topside and white underside  cruise close to the surface eating plankton.  They’re the least common Ray sighting here, but a few times a year divers get lucky!

Diving in Turks and Caicos

Turtles

Perhaps one of the most chilled out creatures you’ll find on our reefs is the Sea Turtle. Most common at sites like Northwest Point and West Caicos is the Hawksbill Turtle. If you’re snorkeling from shore in Grace Bay, you’re more likely to see Green Turtles. No matter the species, its always fun to encounter one on a dive, often lazily chewing on a sponge. (Fun Fact: when we see Hawksbill Turtles eating, they usually have a Queen Angelfish hanging out scavenging for sponge morsels!).

turtles

A Myriad of Tropical Fish

Parrotfish, Angelfish, Chromis, Wrasse, Groupers, Snappers, Butterflyfish, Flounders, Eels, Coneys, Blennies, Gobies – just to name a few!  Turks and Caicos Reefs are healthy and vibrant, boasting a diversity of species of tropical fish. If you don’t see Sharks, Rays or Turtles on a dive, the reef is always teeming with beautiful fish of all shapes, sizes and colors!  There’s always a chance to improve your ‘Fish ID’ knowledge on any dive – simply hover and look at a patch of reef and start naming the fish you see.  Chances are you’ll start to realize just how many different species there are, and see where your gaps in knowledge are.

Diving in Turks and Caicos

No matter what you see when you take the plunge into our beautiful Turks and Caicos Waters, take some time to appreciate all the beauty and peace the underwater world offers you!

 

 

About our guest author: Jayne Baker and her husband Mickey own and operate Flamingo Divers, a boutique dive operation in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Having been full time dive instructors in the Caribbean for over 25 years, they still spend most of their days underwater.  When not diving, Jayne can be found in front of a computer pursuing her second love, professional and creative writing endeavors.

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Eat In & Takeaway Food in Providenciales

Eat In & Takeaway Food in Providenciales

Crave TCI

The Turks and Caicos are home to some high-end restaurants on the main island of Providenciales. 

However, if you’re looking for a private chef to cook something special at your villa or you want to know where the local fave fast food joints are, we’ve put together 5 of the best options for eating in or taking away. Many of the businesses listed also offer a delivery service.

 

Burgers

Bun’s Burger’s Bar is all about delicious burgers and cold beers. Beyond Meat Veggie Burgers and Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches are  great and the kids will love the shakes. Curbside pick up and no contact delivery service available.

Phone +1 649-431-2867
Location

Delicatessen Deliveries

Posh Charcuterie offering gourmet cheese boards and grazing boxes that taste as good as they look.

Phone +1 649-332-2617

Food Truck

Cocovan is a gourmet Airstream lounge located with in a palm garden. brought to you by the same team behind Coco Bistro. Open from 5pm.
Fish tacos are some of the best in the islands and regulars like the sticky ribs and chicken wings are reliably good. Located a short stroll from Grace Bay.

Phone +1 649-946-5369
Location

Kebabs

Close to Grace Bay Turks Kebabs serves great doner kebabs as well as lamb and beef gyro, chicken shish kebab and freshly made Greek Salad with grilled Veggie Shish.

Phone +1 649-431-9964
Location

Private Chefs

Crave TCI is a locally owned private chef company that can provide an array of services from a single breakfast to a full meal service for an entire stay. The chefs come from all over the world armed with the experience and the passion to provide a culinary experience that will be remembered long after the food is finished.

Crave TCI Brochure

 

vacation rental villas in the Turks and Caicos Islands