Abundant Natural Attractions in the Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos pic
Turks and Caicos
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Tiffany Hustis is a Madison, Connecticut stay-at-home mom with a background in human resource recruitment. An avid traveler, Tiffany Hustis has visited locations across the Caribbean, with favorites including Aruba and the Turks and Caicos.

The latter islands feature a sunny climate and are ideal for visiting between the months of November and March, when hurricane risks are minimal. Unlike Aruba, which features largely all-inclusive resorts, the hotels in Turks and Caicos are typically smaller and European in style, and integrated within the natural landscape.

The islands feature white sand beaches, which are surrounded by the world’s third-largest coral system. With popular diving and snorkeling spots including Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef, the coastal Chalk Sound also offers an array of aquatic adventures for snorkelers. Another highlight is the world’s only conch farm, with the sea snails a prominent feature of the local cuisine.

Another feature of the Turks and Caicos is abundant marshes and salt ponds, which attract more than 150 migrating and native bird species. In the first four months of the year, visitors can take tours off Grand Turk Island to view Humpback whales making their annual visit. For those visiting in the week following a full moon, the mating of marine worms results in a pale but striking bioluminescent spectacle, as released eggs make their way to the water’s surface.