In late October, booked my first commercial airline trip to Turks and Caicos to see how the local travelers were doing and how they were preparation to welcome tourists once again as the new season loomed closer. To be perfectly clear, travel was not a decision made lightly nor was it planned out in a day. In fact, I had been purposely avoiding my travels to the Caribbean or any other part of the western Atlantic region for several months in order to spend more time in my native Canada. I am also an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast, so the timing and possibility of an eco-tourism trip did not seem right to me.
My wife and I have long been fans of the islands of Turks and Caicos. In fact, we first became aware of the islands of the Bahamas and Bermuda through our close friend Rob from Canada (of course we had never met him). Rob is a huge turkey and crab fan and has introduced us to many delicious dishes that are made using these delicious sea creatures. Our travels to the island nations of the Caribbeans and the Turks and Caicos also became known to us thanks to a chance meeting with a retired school teacher in Costa Rica, who became friends with us while we were studying abroad. As luck would have it, he introduced us to his younger brother Mario who is currently the principal of a private school in Turks and Caicos.
We spent several weeks visiting our most popular destination, the island of Turks and Caicos in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located approximately twenty miles off the coast of Venezuela and is one of the most popular destinations for Caribbean vacations. This Caribbean paradise offers an incredible variety of activities and attractions for travelers of all ages. There are several world-class hotels, marinas, and resort communities on the islands that offer luxurious accommodations and wonderful amenities. The turks of the area provide excellent cuisine, and the locals are extremely friendly and helpful. A trip to the islands of Turks and Caicos would be an unforgettable experience for anyone wishing to explore and enjoy the exotic beauty found here.
On our trip, we visited the capital city of San Juan Puerto de Las Cruces, which is also known as “Puerto Princesa” after the famous Spanish explorer and conqueror, Christopher Columbus. Here, tourists can marvel at the 16th century fortifications and wander through beautiful streets lined with historic buildings and homes constructed by the natives of the Caribbean. The white sandy beaches and clear blue waters of the Caribbean are home to some of the most exotic species of marine life and birds. While here, you could also visit the Mayan ruins of Tambomachay and Xunantunich, which are considering the archeological sites of the world.
Our second stop on our cruise was the town of Turks and Caicos, which is the capital of Providenciales, an area located approximately in the middle of the Caribbean. Here you can experience a laid back atmosphere with ample amounts of shopping and entertainment. There are many hotels in the area that cater to both local tourists and foreign tourists who wish to explore and enjoy their favorite activities. A main attraction of the region is its Turkish-owned yacht chartering companies, which offer trips to both northern and southern California along with many other parts of the Caribbean.
A few hours drive from Turks and Caicos, you will find another small island, Punta Cana, which is the perfect spot for nature lovers. This small island has some of the best white sand beaches in all of the Caribbean, and there are a variety of activities and attractions for every skill and interest level. Both northern and southern California offer excellent international flights direct to this island, and if you stay at one of the many villas in Cancun Mexico, you can easily take advantage of the abundance of activities and shopping in this resort as well.