Turks and Caicos – home of swaying palm trees, soft white sand and vibrant coral reefs. Oh, and the ever so beautiful Grace Bay Club and West Bay Club! Our very own Whitney recently took a trip to paradise and experienced first hand the unique personalized service, luxury and handmade experiences. If you’d like to include conch dining and rum tasting into your daily routine – this is the place. With a visit to Wade Stubb’s plantation Wade’s Green on North Caicos and a trip to the caves on Middle Caicos – her trip was well-rounded with some relaxation time on the always stunning Grace Bay beach… with, of course, a rum punch in hand.
Grace Bay has been named the “World’s Best Beach” – a place to truly rejuvenate the body and soul. But before you dive on in to the beautiful, crystal-clear turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos we thought we’d better share a few fun facts!
1) The Turks and Caicos Islands are named after the indigenous Turk’s Head “fez” cactus, and the Lucayan term “caya hico,” meaning string of islands.The Turks and Caicos Islands are named after the indigenous Turk’s Head “fez” cactus, and the Lucayan term “caya hico,” meaning string of islands.
2) Turks and Caicos cuisine is primarily based around conch, a large mollusk farmed for its meat and shell. Conch fritters and conch salad are a hit! In fact, the Turks and Caicos Islands are home to the world’s only conch farm.
3) The Turks and Caicos Islands have considered joining Canada three times, eh, in 1917, 1974 and 2004.
5) Found off in the shallow Caicos Banks, the Middle Caicos Ocean Hole may be the widest blue hole in the world.
6) Most people believe that Turks and Caicos is located in the Caribbean Sea… wrong! Turks and Caicos is actually located in the Atlantic Ocean.
7) Turks and Caicos is comprised of multiple islands. And by multiple, we mean 40 islands total.
8) The average water temperature in the summer is 82-84 degrees. Better than a bathtub.
9) Each year in Turks and Caicos, an annual Humpback whale migration takes place from January through April. A whale of a time, one might say.
10) Turks and Caicos only has 30,000 residents, but they welcome over 200,000 tourists per year. Anyone want to move?
– The JG Black Book Team