November 16, 2012

Family Friendly Turks and Caicos

Over the past decade, Turks and Caicos has been steadily gaining popularity as great destination to travel to as a family. Just like with the other popular Caribbean islands, it’s pretty much a year-round destination. The peak season runs from around mid-December to late April. The best time to visit Turks and Caicos is in late December during Christmas festivities. Some of the reasons why you should consider this Caribbean Island if you are planning a family getaway are as follows:

It Offers a Full Package for the Family

This island offers various activities that you can enjoy as the whole family. For example, you can go whale watching from vantage beach points during the annual whale migration, or you can watch birds like the great flamingos, blue herons, pelicans and a variety of other avian life. If you are a serious diver, then you can enjoy the waters around this place, which by the way has some of the most diverse coral reefs in the world. Caicos also has the world’s only conch farm. You can take your family there and learn more about how conchs are grown, or for a chance to touch a live couch.

It is Not Tacky

Most things in Turks and Caicos are done with an unobtrusive sense of elegance, for instance, all inclusive Turks and Caicos resorts decorate in a modest way where you will only see some bits of colorful lighting, or a large Christmas tree in the main roundabouts and some fireworks on New Years. They try to be as classy as they can while at the same time ensuring that it is not overdone so that customers don’t feel out of place.

It Has Large Units

Unlike most other Caribbean tourist destinations which are filled with all inclusive hotels, Providenciales is the home to a number of boutique resorts, with an average of 80 rooms. Although there are some few traditional, all inclusive Turks and Caicos, a majority of the hotel units are suite properties, mostly 1, 2 or 3 bedroom suites with a kitchen, living and dining areas. With more space, and not just some crammed up hotel room, you can as well add some elements of a real home; say some decorations or a Christmas tree.

You Can Cook If You Want To

A holiday is basically meant to help you take a break from normal daily routines. Some people, however, still miss the comforts of home when on holidays. Turks and Caicos has some great food which you can access via the local Grace Bay Gourmet or the IGA, and considering that the hotels have fully equipped kitchens, you can make some of your family’s favorite treats as you enjoy picturesque views of the ocean.

It’s Easy to Access

Traveling can be such a headache for some people. The high volumes of tourists coupled with the unpredictable East Coast weather can at times cause flight delays. However, with the expansion of the airport, many direct flights are now available with different airlines such as American, Delta, Air Canada, Jet Blue and West Jet, and thus travelling as a family will not be a problem. There are also direct flights from North America’s major cities such as New York, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Charlotte and Boston which just less than four hours away. The other good thing is that most of the resorts some 20 minutes’ drive from the airport, and so your journey will be quick, simple and direct.

Though it’s an undeniable fact that holidaying in Turks and Caicos is not that cheap, and many travel experts may advise you to look somewhere else if you are on a tight budget, there are a number of affordable options that can well fit the whole family such as Ports of Call and Coral Gardens. So, the decision of whether or not to go enjoy the warm tropical weather and vast coral reefs is yours to make.