An island guide to the Turks & Caicos - Metro US

An island guide to the Turks & Caicos

The Caribbean is full of warm tropical getaways, but the Turks and Caicos islands deserve your attention. Not only is it a very quick three-hour flight to get to their capital of Providenciales, but the quiet islands are decidedly low-key, meaning you can get in some sunny rest and relaxation without any drunk spring-breakers (or those you still want to partake in the spring break tradition) spoiling your getaway.

Where to stay:
The Ocean Club Resorts (www.oceanclubresorts.com) is comprised of two beachfront properties, Ocean Club and Ocean Club West, which are located just one mile apart on the exquisite Grace Bay Beach — consistently voted one of the prettiest beaches in the world. All of their spacious suites feature a terrace (or two), which overlooks crystal-clear waters and a white-sand beach. They also boast a full-size kitchen (and washers and dryers!), meaning you can cut back on that dining-out bill and pack light.

What to eat:
Turks and Caicos is teeming with conch, and they cook up the mollusks every way imaginable — from conch fritters to conch tacos to conch salads. In fact, the islands boast the only commercial conch farm in the world, where you can take tours to learn about the importance of aquaculture and this Caribbean diet staple.

How to spend your days:
Make sure you get in your beach time. But if you want some adventure, the Turks and Caicos boast the usual island attractions like scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, horseback riding, golf and spa treatments. However, booking the Atabeyra beach cruise (www.suncharters.tc) around to the various uninhabited islands, such Iguana Island (known as “Little Water Cay”), a sanctuary for Rock Iguanas, is a must.

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