Choosing Where to Stay in Turks and Caicos
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Choosing Where to Stay in Turks and CaicosPosted on November 27. 2014
One clue about the magic of Turks and Caicos lies in its name. Turks and Caicos. You see, this island nation is not just one island but a collection of numerous idyllic islands spread out over the Turks chain and the Caicos chain. This really helps contribute to Turks and Caicos being an island paradise, but can sometimes make finding out where to stay in Turks and Caicos a small, albeit fun challenge.
Today’s post is going to break down some of the differences between the islands so you can find out where to stay in Turks and Caicos on your next trip.
Grand Turk is the historical and political center of the entire Turks and Caicos island chain, and simply strolling on the beach or walking down the street in Cockburn Town will fill you with the history of these islands. Christopher Columbus is reported to have landed on Grand Turk and the site where he supposedly came ashore is designated with a marker. Grand Turk is also home to desolate stretches of beach and some of the best snorkeling and diving anywhere on these islands.
Almost uninhabited, this island is home to possibly the most fascinating slice of Turks and Caicos Island history. It was here where the first Bermudians arrived to cultivate salt, and for centuries the salt trade sustained Salt Cay (in addition to giving it its name). Now, there are less than 100 people living on the island in addition to a lively group of donkeys who are holdovers from the salty days. This may not be where to stay in Turks and Caicos if you are looking for nightlife or numerous dining options, but it certainly does have a secluded charm.
Hands down the cultural capital of Turks and Caicos, Providenciales is home to the most famous beach in the Turks and Caicos called Grace Bay and enough glamour to compete with any Caribbean island. While “Provo” is where most of the island’s dining and social scene buzzes, the island still manages a laid back charm that you wouldn’t expect from an island which is routinely named best in the world. The majority of the resorts here are of the stylish and boutique nature, and this is definitely where to stay in Turks and Caicos if you crave culture and a night out on the town.
South, Middle, and North Caicos
South Caicos is a fishing mecca, and most of the seafood enjoyed around the island comes from this region. South Caicos, or “Big South” as it has been nicknamed, was graced by the Queen of England in 1966, and you can even view the home where she stayed.
Middle and North Caicos are the two biggest islands in Turks and Caicos and they are home to the most diverse landscapes on these islands. Dark and mysterious caves and rocky cliffs are luring more tourists every year and this is where to stay in Turks and Caicos if you like staying a little closer to nature as opposed to a little closer to luxury.