Fans of Inside Laura’s Head will know my usual preferred travel is short, European city breaks. I’ve done Ireland (Dublin), Scotland (Glasgow) The Netherlands (Amsterdam, twice!) and Majorca (Palma, and Valldemossa)in the last year and I’m planning more of Europe this year, hopefully Poland, Denmark, Portugal and Germany. City breaks are the one, my main love-I love taking photos where there’s so much going on, trying lots of different street food, hunting out street art, shopping, finding a nice cocktail bar and then people watching. I love nosying in the shops, trying to get a feel for the local culture, and visiting the must see tourist spots. But, I also love the beauty of a gorgeous tropical island somewhere. Recently I’ve been eyeing up Turks and Caicos rentals because to be honest, these islands look like paradise, not least because it’s freezing in West Yorkshire and they have 350 sunny days a year. Yes please, get me on that plane-my suitcase is already packed! I’d rather be in Turks and Caicos than England in the snow.
I’ve had a lot going on health wise recently which hopefully I’m back on top of, freelancing is stressful and truth be told, I’m shattered. I could also do with writing a ton of posts, and reading some of the large pile of books I have (especially since reading 52 books this year is one of my new years resolutions!) so a couple of weeks on a sun lounger drinking cocktails in paradise would be perfect. The chance to top up my tan (okay who am I kidding, I have no tan-but I’d get one!) nap every day, dip my toes in the water (I’m not really a swimmer, don’t like to get my hair wet!) and just enjoy the warm weather-bliss.
I didn’t know much about Turks and Caicos until I was asked to write this post-it’s not somewhere I’d even heard of, so I’ve had a lot of fun researching. I was surprised to find they’re actually a British Overseas Territory-I maybe should have already known about them then! They speak English and you can spend American dollars there, their laws are based on English Common Law and they drive on the left like we do. I think I’d feel right at home, and I’m thrilled to see I can drive there for thirty days on my UK license-great for exploring. They’re also pretty close to one of my favourite places in the world, Cuba-maybe I could visit both in one trip.
The Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas Territory, located in the Atlantic Ocean and considered a part of the Caribbean region. With more than 40 small islands and cays, the eight inhabited islands are separated into two island groups; to the east of the Turks Island Passage are the Turks Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay and the west are the Caicos Islands South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales, Pine Cay and Parrot Cay. The islands are located 575 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, south of the Bahamas and east of Cuba and the country of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti).
The islands are home to over 31,000 full time residents, and attract more than 1 million tourists annually. In 2016 the Turks and Caicos Islands welcomed 1,300,575 tourists to its shores, with 453,612 being stop-overs and the remaining 846,963 arriving via cruise.
(Information from the Turks and Caicos Tourism website)
I’ve been reading up on what to expect from the different islands. Providenciales has Grace Bay Beach, home to lots of luxury hotels. You can go snorkeling and scuba diving or just enjoy the gorgeous white beach. There’s Chalk Sound, which I’m told has amazing sunsets (you’ll find me there with my camera, trying to find someone to model for me!) and Grand Turk Island, where you can see Humpback Wales between January and April. That’s definitely one for my bucket list. There’s a golf club (not for me, but if golf is your thing then you’re good) and bird watching-you can see Flamingos! I’m in.
(The photo above isn’t Turks and Caicos as I’ve never been-it’s Turkey, because I thought a photo I’d taken that was at least of a warm country was better than a random stock photo)
You can also go Kayaking, head out on a tram tour, visit the lighthouse or see if you can spot a dolphin swimming around the clear waters. If all the sun is getting too much for you you could visit the national museum, have a look around some shops or go exploring the caves. There really is something for everyone.
Me? Well, I’d have a go at kayaking definitely. The tram tour sounds right up my street as I love exploring. I’d like spending some time photographing the lighthouse and I’ll definitely be trying to find flamingos to shoot too. In fact all of the birds will be cool to get my camera out for, as would the whales. And if I could spot that dolphin I would be so excited. But, for the majority of the time, you’ll find me where you left me. Laid on a sunlounger, burning to a crisp, with a cocktail and a good book. I’ll occasionally wander down for a paddle, if it’s really hot I might have a proper dip. Yes, I’d rather be in Turks and Caicos. See you there?
*This post was written in collaboration with Turks and Caicos rentals. All thoughts, words and opinions are my own.