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Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

Paradise is only a three hour flight from Manhattan. Honest-to-god paradise.

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There are very few places in the world that are as relaxing as the Turks and Caicos islands. The sand is like superfine velvet and the water is shades of translucent and sparkling teal, blue & green. Oh yeah, and the weather is absolutely perfect, 360 days a year. Really. Photos can’t do these islands justice. 

Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

Before my trip to the gorgeous Turks & Caicos islands in the Caribbean, I wasn’t able to concentrate while sitting at my desk on the Upper East Side, struggling to get the formatting of an article to work with me instead of against me. But now, doing the same thing at the same desk, going back is all I can think about. 

Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

The minute I stepped out of the cab in front of The Somerset at Grace Bay, the resort where I’d be staying for the next five days, I was mesmerized. The gorgeous view of the lobby straight ahead, surrounded by luscious floral bushes and perfectly landscaped grounds, I was immediately greeted and handed a glass of delicious rum punch. Walking through the “breezeway” towards the long infinity pool that stretched towards the ocean, I felt the frenetic energy of Manhattan melt off my shoulders. As I slid into a seat under a sun umbrella, and ordered myself a seafood salad and a fresh fruit smoothie, I realized that leaving this place would likely be the most difficult thing I’d have to deal with all week.

Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

Poolside at The Somerset, immediately after arriving

We enjoyed some fresh fruit by the pool, and as the sun started to set, we went for a walk on the beach. Sound like heaven? It is! But there are even more great reasons to visit. Here are a few more relaxing reasons why you should book Turks and Caicos to your next vacation:

The Island is Super Safe and Luxuriously Boutique-Feeling

Unlike some other islands (ahem – Jamaica!), Providenciales felt completely safe. Not only does Turks and Caicos boast the lowest crime rate in the Caribbean, but both the chief of police and the premier of Turks & Caicos call The Somerset home. The gorgeous island of Providenciales (one of several Turks & Caicos islands) reflects serenity and opulence everywhere you look, and is approximately the size of Manhattan, but with a population of only 23K. That’s only half the number of people living in Wall Street alone!

Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

The island is very American-like, in the sense that the currency is the US dollar, and almost everyone here speaks English, which is nice. There are no endemic diseases, and the people here always make you feel right at home. 

Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

The country shot to fame mainly because of the spectacular beaches, crowned by the award-winning seven mile long Grace Bay beach on Providenciales. The biggest plus point of this place is that it doesn’t look overly commercial like most of the Caribbean vacation spots do. That’s mostly because Turks and Caicos doesn’t allow any building to be over seven stories. In fact, most of the buildings are under five stories and this simply adds to the already gorgeous skyline. 

Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

Everything here is very relaxed and low key, and the island is the quintessential image of a very modern British colony. Be sure to try the island tour by Van Kendal Handfield of Royal Taxi, that lets you take a peek at the many gorgeous, secret places that only the locals know about. I bought a stunning necklace made from conch shell that his wife made, and I get compliments every time I wear it.

Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

Wearing the handmade artisan necklace I bought on the beach

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 119 Comments

  1. Jodi Thil

    Gorgeous! My family and I will totally book a stay for a week or two! Such a quaint and charming place. Thanks, Hilary! 😅

  2. Jean Holt

    Visited Turks with my boyfriend, the place for us is super mesmerizing. We’re sad to leave the place actually 😔

  3. Peggy Weber

    It is expensive. Period. Having traveled through the Caribbean I must say this was the most expensive island I have been to. Not only are the hotels pricey but the food, drinks, tours, and transportation are as well.

  4. Gayle Cannon

    Awesome! I believed this is the best place to disconnect and recharge. Amazing article. Thanks!

  5. Mamie Alvarado

    Been there! What I loved the most is the breakfast. It was made by the owner themselves. There is no menu but they will make anything you ask as long they have the ingredients. Even picky kids love the food. You better try 😅

  6. Diane Simon

    Wow! This is such an amazing place to stay. White sand, luxury travel experience and a lot of adventures on the high seas. Can’t wait to be here. Thanks, Hillary! That’s why I love your articles. You’re an amazing writer. Keep it up, please!☺️

  7. Megan Hamilton

    This is paradise!I can’t say enough about how great this resort is. We actually had an amazing week here with my boyfriend. I highly suggest this place if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation. It’s pricey but with everything it offers we feel it’s perfect 🤑

  8. Freda Miles

    The seaside dinner at Somerset looks very romantic. Just by the description of it, it sounds rather expensive. But a one time experience could be very worth it, so my husband and I are willing to try. He says we could really save up big time for this trip so we can enjoy it to the full extent. Is it really okay to travel here 360 days of the year? This could be our honeymoon after 2 years of being married! He was actually surprised when I said this place in the Carribean isn’t as touristy as the others.

    • Erika Burgess

      One of the things you need to know if you are planning to visit Turks and Caicos is the climate and seasons. Turks and Caicos have a dry and sunny tropical climate with temperatures averaging in the 80’s for the high and 70’s for the low. The islands usually receive 350 sunny days per year. Keep this in mind if you plan to travel there during the hurricane season of June through November. The busiest tourist season for Turks and Caicos is during the winter months from the end of November through March. Most of the island’s activities and tours are based on this season. This was unusual for me since I am used to vacationing on larger islands like Jamaica that have festivities and activities year round. During the summer they do have a music and cultural festival that draws big-name artists.

  9. Myra Jordan

    A very well written article! I’ve heard from my colleague that Turks and Caicos is an excellent destination for divers and snorkelers. Today’s task: planning to take this trip! I can’t wait.

  10. Julie Shaw

    This is a really beautiful place to unwind yourself and I’ve heard a lot from my friends experienced. The owners are from Zimbabwe, but also lived in South Africa, and they serve several South African dishes on their menu that are delicious. So I definitely want to check it out for my next vacation! So excited 🤪

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