When to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands
The Turks and Caicos Islands' climate
The Turks and Caicos Islands have a wonderfully mild climate all year round, with temperatures rarely getting excessively hot or feeling cold, which means you can travel here at pretty much any time of the year without having to worry too much about the weather.
In the winter months (from December to April) daytime temperatures don't usually fall below 25 degrees Celsius, while they hit around 32 degrees Celsius at their hottest between August and November. What's more, unlike in most other Caribbean islands, the climate here isn't overly humid, with the islands experiencing refreshing trade winds throughout the year, and therefore remaining pleasantly hot without becoming stuffy.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are also known for having very low annual rainfall (typically less than 30 inches annually) with the island of Providenciales normally boasting 350 rain-free days every year - quite an impressive record!
As with all Caribbean destinations, however, there is a risk of hurricanes between June and November, although the Turks and Caicos Islands usually aren't hit as badly by the passing storms as other nearby nations.
When is the best time to travel?
The peak tourism season in Turks and Caicos is in the winter as it coincides with the European and North American winter season, although as you we've previously mentioned, you can look forward to a lovely holiday weather-wise almost regardless of when you travel.
During the winter months you can expect milder warm daytime and evening temperatures, virtually no chance of rain and plenty of sunshine; making this the ideal time to experience all that these charming islands have to offer.
However, should you wish to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands when they are a little less busy and the hotels are a bit cheaper, the spring and summer months can be very appealing. There's a marginally greater chance of rain and it is hotter, but there is still a strong likelihood that you'll experience predominantly sunny skies during a holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands at this time of the year.
If you do plan to travel any time between June and November, make sure you keep an eye on the weather forecast in the run-up to your holiday to ensure you're aware of any potential hurricanes, the passing of which is usually short-lived and doesn't necessarily ruin your holiday.
Water sports seasons in the Turks and Caicos
The crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean are alluring at any time of the year, with the sea temperature never dropping below 23 degrees Celsius in the winter, and reaching a very pleasant 27 to 29 degrees Celsius in the summer. This means there's never a bad time to jump in, whether you're just going for a swim or trying something more adventurous.
Scuba diving is a very popular activity for people on holiday in the Turks and Caicos, with the stunning reefs and plethora of marine life making it a real paradise for water babies. You can dive here all year round, but if you want to have the chance of spotting some of the large, migrating species such as humpback whales, you need to be there between January and March.
If you'd prefer to stay above water, sailing may be a better option. The best time of year for this sport is during the winter months, with January to March marking the peak season for yachting.
Public holidays and festivities
Aside from the major Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, there are several other important dates in Turks and Caicos' calendar that are worth being aware of. One particularly special celebration that it can be lovely to experience is National Youth Day. This is celebrated on 28th September each year and sees children and young people from across the islands getting involved in local parades, shows and other activities (great fun for the little ones if you bring them along on your holiday).
Commonwealth Day, which is held on the second Wednesday of March, is a national festival to celebrate the islands' membership of the UK Commonwealth. Columbus Day (celebrated on the Monday nearest to 10th October), Emancipation Day (2nd August) and National Heroes' Day (on the last Monday in May) are just three of the other public holidays that are annually observed in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
If you are planning a break that coincides with any of these dates, be aware that certain businesses may be closed to allow staff to join in on the festivities.
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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.
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 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.