Solo Travel in Turks and Caicos
Are Turks and Caicos safe for solo travellers? Turks and Caicos are amongst the safest islands in the Caribbean and have one of the lowest crime rates in the entire region. The majority of issues occur in Providentiales, the largest town, and very little crime takes place on the other islands.
Here, as with destinations around the world, travellers should not leave valuables unattended in hotel rooms, vehicles, or on beaches. Make use of room safes instead and follow our general safety tips for travelling solo. Beaches are generally safe, but can be secluded because of the low number of visitors to the islands each year. They should be avoided from dusk and avoid the temptation to sunbathe nude as it’s illegal.
If you prefer your own company consider exploring one of the less developed islands. For company, choose a resort and take part in activities. You’ll only be alone in Turks and Caicos if you choose to be.
If you are planning a holiday to Turks and Caicos, below is our guide to planning a solo trip to Turks and Caicos, including things to do and see, where to stay, how long to stay, and how to get around. Either read the whole article or the relevant section for your trip.
- About Turks and Caicos
- Things To Do in Turks and Caicos
- Where To Stay in Turks and Caicos
- Tours in Turks and Caicos
- How Long To Stay For
- Best Time To Go To Turks and Caicos
- Getting Around Turks and Caicos
- From Providenciales Turks and Caicos Airport
- Map of Turks and Caicos
- Plan a Holiday to Turks and Caicos
- Related Posts
About Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos are very special islands with a distinct culture to their neighbours, which include the likes of Saint Lucia and Aruba. A British Overseas Territory, English is readily spoken. There are more than 40 islands and cays and the 8 inhabited islands have avoided the mass development of their neighbours and retain much of the glamour of the golden age of travel, offering wonderful villa stays and waters studded with yachts.
If it’s white sand beaches you’re after, Turks and Caicos have some of the region’s finest and quietest. The islands also receive more sunny days per year on average than pretty much anywhere else in the Caribbean.
Their relative seclusion also makes Turks and Caicos a haven for wildlife, both above and below the waves. One of the best places on the planet for whale watching, the waters also welcome turtles and dolphins. Keep an eye out for local celebrity Jojo the dolphin, before delving underwater to delightful coral reefs.
When it comes to culture, Turks and Caicos also have this in bucketloads. The tiny capital of Cockburn on Grand Turk is awash with colonial-era splendour.
Things To Do in Turks and Caicos
The oldest permanent settlement on the islands, Cockburn was first settled in 1681. Filled with character, the town is centred around Queen and Front streets. In addition to attractive ‘Bermuda-style’ buildings with wooden verandas, sights include the old prison and the national museum. This has artefacts spanning the entire history of the islands, from the time of the indigenous Taino natives to the modern day.
There are a huge number of opportunities for scuba diving in the warm, clear waters around Turks and Caicos. If you have time for just one dive, make sure it’s at West Caicos Marine National Park, which protects a barrier reef and wall diving sites. And if you don’t scuba, head to Grand Bay, where you can snuba dive instead!
Swim with whales
Humpbacks, known for their whale song, gather off Salt Cay Island. Not only can you enjoy the spectacle of these majestic creatures breaching the warm waters without the crowds, but various operators also run ethical boat trips out so you can swim with them from a respectful distance.
Relax on the beach
One of the main attractions of Turks and Caicos are its pristine beaches. Even Cockburn has an excellent stretch of sand, while Grace Bay on Providenciales seems to run forever beside waters so blue they could have been dyed. For an extra special experience, there are also plenty of tours to the uninhabited islands, guaranteeing it will be just you, the sun, sea, and sand.
Where To Stay in Turks and Caicos
There are plenty of places to stay on Turks and Caicos as a solo traveller. The most popular areas to stay are at Providenciales, Grand Turk, and Grace Bay. You can find some excellent villa stays, many with unparalleled sea views. They offer everything from private pools to washers and dryers. You can even find 1-bed room villas, perfect for solo-travelling. Or if you prefer everything in one place with all your meals included, choose an all inclusive option instead.
Tours in Turks and Caicos
Expedia – If you prefer to book everything together, Expedia offers Turks and Caicos holiday packages that include your accommodation, flights, car rental and activities and excursions in Turks and Caicos. Their accommodation packages range from 3 star to 5 star including stays in villas, and resorts and spas.
Day Tours – Viator helps you to find top-rated activities and day tours in worldwide destinations including Stavanger. Choose from a catamaran sail and snorkel tour, a parasailing adventure from Providenciales, or snorkelling at the Grand Turk Wall. There are several to choose from including a morning half day cruise with a beach picnic with others, and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online.
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How Long To Stay For
Consensus says that a week is the minimum time you should think of spending on Turks and Caicos. This will give you enough time to destress and enjoy the natural beauty of the islands, as well as take in the main attractions and a couple of dive sessions. If you’re thinking of heading out to more than one or two of the islands, 10-14 days is a better bet.
Best Time To Go To Turks and Caicos
Peak season lasts from the start of the Christmas festivities until April, and it's during these months that Turks and Caicos experience the best climate but are also at their busiest. A great alternative is the shoulder period from May to July, when temperatures top out in the low 30s Celsius. August until November sits within the official hurricane season, although the last storm to hit the islands was more than a decade ago. Below is the annual weather chart from January to December to help you decide when to go.
Getting Around Turks and Caicos
There is no public transport service on any of the islands. Privately-run, and technically illegal, buses run on a leave-when-full basis. Driving can be erratic, and tourists have been overcharged, so they are best avoided.
Cycling is a popular mode of transport for getting around the furthest points in individual towns. Taxis are readily available for trips out of town. If you’re planning to move around a fair amount, it might be more cost effective to rent a car instead. Frequent scheduled flights and ferry crossings connect all the inhabited islands.
From Providenciales Turks and Caicos Airport
There are three international airports in Turks and Caicos. The one you’re most likely to fly into is in Providenciales. The others are on Grand Turk (for Cockburn) and South Caicos. Some accommodation options will arrange a shuttle to pick you up from the airport. If this isn’t the case, you can make use of any of the taxis that await arriving flights.
Feel more confident with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.
- Can I drink the water? Yes, especially in most of the accommodation. You may prefer to take a water filter with you if you prefer filtered water.
- Is tipping expected? Yes, expect to tip about 10-15% on your bill.
- Fixed price or barter? Fixed price.
- Any ATMs? Yes, on the main island of Providenciales and some of the large resorts have an ATM.
- Which side of the road do they drive? The left-hand side.
- Good for vegetarians? Restaurants have improved their vegetarian and vegan options so you can find dishes.
- Any Seven Wonders of the World? No.
Map of Turks and Caicos
Plan a Holiday To Turks and Caicos
Budget – £150 a day ($265)
Capital – Cockburn Town
Population – 37,665
Language spoken – English
Local Currency – US dollar
Did you know? Turks and Caicos are actually located in the Atlantic Ocean and not the Caribbean.
Lingo – They speak English!
The Best Time to Go – February and March
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