Turks and Caicos asks little more of you than to arrive with a swimsuit and settle into a state of pure bliss. The undulating blues and greens of the ocean invite you to soak, swim, dive, and generally just enjoy one of the world’s best vacation spots.
With some of the globe’s best beaches, we don’t recommend much besides basking in the sun on sugar-fine sand or putting on your snorkel to observe the colorful fish. Encircled by the third-largest reef system in the world, the waters here are calm and serene. Several national parks and preserves have been created to protect these natural wonders. The benefit to visitors is a healthy ecosystem with flourishing marine species and some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling you’ll ever experience.
If you seek respite from the sun or encounter a rogue rain cloud, the National Museum is a fantastic place to spend a few hours. Learn about the reef ecosystem, local flora and fauna, and check out treasures like messages in bottles found washed up on the beaches and artifacts rescued from shipwrecks. Shopping offers another diversion, but if you’re looking for high-end boutiques, they can’t be found here. Instead satiate your shopping needs with locally designed apparel and sunglasses, artwork and jewelry.
Beach lovers, sun worshipers and water sport aficionados: the islands of Turks and Caicos are calling you. For the ultimate beach vacation, nothing can compare to the riches of Turks and Caicos.
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All visitors must have a passport to enter Turks & Caicos. All visitors must hold a round-trip ticket. Visitors are permitted 30 days, renewable one time only.
Visas are necessary for visitors from non-Commonwealth countries of the former Eastern Bloc. Please contact a British Consulate Office for visa applications. Check with your travel agent or airline for more details.
In the case of minors, when traveling with your children, but without your spouse or partner, please have a notarized letter from the non-present parent authorizing the child’s travel. If not, the child may be held at security and unable to travel.
Please be advised, American Express is not accepted on the island due to the extremely high merchant account fees.
The Turks & Caicos Islands climate can best be described as eternal summer, with almost continuous ocean breezes from the trade winds and with constant sunshine. The temperature rarely drops below 25°C (77°F) or rises above 28°C (83°F). The cool breezes make for comfortable sleeping without air conditioning. The islands receive approximately 21 inches of rainfall annually. As part of the fall, which is the rainy season, hurricanes occasionally sweep through the Caribbean. Check the news daily and keep abreast of brewing tropical storms. The rainy season consists mostly of brief showers interspersed with sunshine.
Annual Average High: 82; Annual Average Low: 68
The Turks & Caicos are relatively flat and vary from 15 to 20 feet above sea level down to sea level.
The United States Dollar plus the Turks & Caicos Crown and Quarter are legal tender, while the official currency is the US Dollar. Major credit cards are accepted as well as travelers checks. Banks offer ATM’s and cash advances on credit cards. Banks typically close at 3:00 p.m.
The islands are in the Eastern Time Zone and observe Daylight Saving Time.
The electric current on the islands is 120/240 volts, 60 cycles, AC (same as is in the United States). Your apartment has similar outlets to the United States.
If you find an item in the home you believe a previous Member left, please return it to your Destination Coordinator. The Club’s standard return policy is that all collected items are shipped back once a week. In this case, the Club will pass on the actual cost of packaging and shipping the items to the Member. A Member can request an expedited return service if needed and any additional costs that the Destination Coordinator may incur to make that happen will also be passed on to the Member. Please keep in mind there are higher fees associated with international destinations because of customs and other costs.
If you are traveling with prescription medicines, carry them in their original containers and bring a copy of your prescription. If you buy medications abroad, be aware that they may not be FDA-approved or allowed into the United States. For more information on customs rules and regulations, please contact 202.354.1000 or visit www.cbp.gov.