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Turks and Caicos - Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. Is it a good destination for families?
  7. Where are the best beaches?
  8. What resorts would you recommend?

When is the best time to go?

There isn't really a bad time to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands, with average temperatures rarely dipping below 25 degrees Celsius or going above 32 degrees Celsius. That said, the peak season is in the winter between December and April. As a general rule, it's hotter and wetter in the summer, but this shouldn't put you off visiting at this time of the year if you want to escape the crowds and get a cheaper room rate as it's outside the high season. It is worth pointing out, however, that the Caribbean hurricane season runs from June to November.

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Do you need a visa?

British citizens do not require a visa to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands, because it is a British Overseas Territory. You'll usually be given permission to stay for up to 90 days. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you arrive in the country, too. Travellers from other nationalities should check with Turks and Caicos's official tourist board or official website to see if their country of origin is in the list of countries whose citizens don't need to apply for a visa.

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How can I get there?

The majority of the international flights to the Turks and Caicos Islands land in Provindenciales, with British Airways being the only UK-based airline offering services from London Heathrow to Providenciales with a stopover in Miami. The journey takes approximately 12 hours in total. Delta Airlines, US Airways, American Airlines and Spirit Air all operate flights to Turks and Caicos from the UK with stopovers in New York and Miami.

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What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The local currency is the U.S. dollar and although major credit cards are accepted in places like Caicos and Grand Turk, you may find you can only use cash on the smaller islands and cays. You'll find ATMs in Grand Turk and Providenciales, but don't expect them to be widespread elsewhere.

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What is there to see and do?

The beautiful beaches are, understandably, one of the main attractions in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but this Caribbean destination has much more to offer than that. There are lots of activities you can have a go at, including many water-based options such as scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. Grand Turk is the best place for divers to head to thanks to the variety of sites that it boasts. There are a host of other natural attractions above water that you can discover, too, such as the impressive limestone caves on Middle Caicos, the mangroves around the coast of Grand Turk and the bird reserves around Providenciales, where you can see a staggering array of species from kingfishers and herons to flamingos and ospreys. If you're keen to learn more about the heritage of the islands, you can visit several fascinating cultural sites, such as Cheshire Hall - a former cotton plantation that's now in ruins but that is being preserved by the National Trust - Grand

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Is it a good destination for families?

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a fantastic place for a family holiday, with a host of fun attractions and activities on offer. What's more, the islands are home to numerous family-friendly resorts that will ensure both parents and children have a getaway to remember.

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Where are the best beaches?

Many of the country's best beaches are found on Providenciales, with Long Bay beach located on its eastern coast, Malcolm Roads Beach on its western side and Grace Bay on the north of the isle, being all among the most picturesque and pristine stretches of sand. Pine Cay is also renowned for its striking beach.

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What resorts would you recommend?

There are a number of excellent resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with accommodation options to cater for a variety of budgets. There are some outstanding all inclusive resorts, as well as brilliant family-friendly hotels. The Turks and Caicos Resort Spa is just one example of an all inclusive option that ticks all the boxes, with 12 miles of pristine sandy beaches close by, numerous bars and restaurants onsite and the fun-filled Pirates Island Water Park within easy reach.

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TripAdvisor names Providenciales in Turks and Caicos "World's Best Island"

Providenciales in Turks and Caicos has been declared the best island in the world by leading travel website TripAdvisor's annual Travellers' Choice Awards. The picturesque island climbed up from its No.2 ranking last year and knocked Ambergris Caye in Belize off its two-year-running top spot, and even out of the top 10.

Turks and Caicos signs development agreement for new multi-million dollar resort in Grace Bay

A development agreement has been signed by the Turks and Caicos Islands government and Desarrollos Hotel Group for the construction of a brand new $224 million hotel, resort, casino and spa complex in Turks and Caicos. The resort will be situated the famous Grace Bay beach on the island of Providenciales and work is expected to commence this November.

British Airways to increase flights to Turks and Caicos

British Airways has announced that it will increase the number of flights between London Gatwick and Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean this autumn. The new flights will operate on Thursdays from October, 2015 and they will go via Antigua, bringing the airline's total number of services to the country up to two every week.