Craving a Caribbean getaway at an exquisite resort, surrounded by turquoise water? Turks & Caicos islands are calling your names. Fly to this beautiful country after you say “I do,” to start your marriage amidst beautiful scenery, warm weather and sunshine, and a relaxing environment.
About Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is an English-speaking country, south of the Bahamas and north of the Dominican Republic. It’s a British overseas territory, consisting of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands. It’s surrounded by the majestic turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and is part of the Caribbean.
The main island of the country is Providenciales, where most of the population lives. Islands and cays of varying sizes add to the country, including some private (though you can book a stay at a resort on the private islands if you have a larger honeymoon budget).
The many islands that make up Turks and Caicos include:
- Providenciales (nicknamed “Provo” by locals)
- North Caicos
- Middle Caicos
- South Caicos
- Grand Turk (includes the capital city, Cockburn Town)
- Salt Cay
- Pine Cay (private island)
- Parrot Cay (private island)
- Ambergris Cay (private island)
Travel Information for your Honeymoon
Visa and Passport Requirements forYour Turks and Caicos Experience
You won’t need a special visa for your honeymoon (assuming you’re visiting for less than 90 days) but you will need a valid passport. Tourists simply fill out an immigration form upon arrival at the airport, like they would for entrance to Mexico.
Covid-19 in Turks and Caicos
Visitors to Turks and Caicos must get a COVID-19 test taken a maximum of 5 days before arrival. But there isn’t a quarantine requirement once you get to the country for your honeymoon. Masks must be worn in public places.
Different Times of Year to Visit Turks and Caicos
Temperatures in the Caribbean are pretty consistent year round, varying about 20 degrees up or down, between 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The ocean water is an agreeable temperature for swimming or wading, at around 80 degrees.
December through April is usually high season when northerners want to escape the cold and retreat to the islands for the holidays and spring break. (Turks and Caicos isn’t particularly popular for college spring breakers, however. Visitors can avoid the likelihood of encountering any spring break tourists, by foregoing all-inclusive resorts in Grace Bay on Provo Island.)
Low season is during late summer and early fall, partially because it’s also hurricane season. Increased rainfall is possible during this time. It also sometimes equates to an increase in the mosquito population, particularly on Parrot and Pine Cays, and North and Middle Caicos islands.
Prices for hotels may be lower during non-peak time, which may be especially beneficial if you simply want to spend time at one of the islands’ luxury resorts for your honeymoon. However, if you want to explore outside the hotels, be aware some businesses close during the low season to take a break or remodel.
Good in-between months to visit Turks and Caicos, that could provide the best of all worlds, so to speak, are February through April.
Flights to Turks and Caicos
Getting to these islands is easy from the United States. Their main international airport is Providenciales International Airport (code PLS), which is a small airport with one luggage carousel. Yet, it handles hundreds of international flights each month.
Direct flights are offered from several major cities in the U.S., including Miami and Washington DC.
Here are some sample flight paths from three major cities for a week in mid-February:
- LAX: $400 to $600 roundtrip, with one stop. Flight time varies between 9 hours to 12 hours, inclusive of a layover.
- NYC: $275 for a nonstop flight, that is less than 4 hours.
- IAH (Houston): $730, with one stop. Total travel time between 6 to 7 hours including a layover.
Once you fly into Providenciales you can connect to the other islands via domestic flights or ferry rides. The two additional domestic airports are South Caicos Airport (code XSC) and Salt Cay Airport (code SLX).
Routine vaccines are recommended for your trip to this honeymoon destination, including Chicken Pox, Polio, the Flu, and the Measles-Mumps-Rubella. Hepatitis A and B are recommended as well.
A Typhoid shot is recommended too.
Getting around Turks and Caicos
Traveling around Turks and Caicos can be interesting for three reasons: 1) They drive on the left side of the road, 2) There are no traffic lights (they use roundabouts to control traffic on the islands instead), 3) There’s no public transportation.
Renting a car is something to consider if you want to bounce around outside your resort a bit. If you don’t want to however, most resorts provide transportation assistance to and from the airport or ferry terminal if you need to hop over to another island from Provo for your stay.
Your Turks and Caicos Honeymoon Time Zone
Turks and Caicos is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone and observes Daylight Savings Time, the same as New York or Florida.
Currency of Turks and Caicos
You won’t have to convert your money for your honeymoon in these islands because the currency of Turks and Caicos is the U.S. dollar.
LGBTQ+ in Turks and Caicos
Same-sex relationships and gay sexual orientation were decriminalized at the turn of the 21st century here. There’s not a big nightlife in the country overall, so there isn’t much of a gay scene at night because there’s not much to do at night in general.
Being yourselves at the resorts and hotels on the islands should be without issue.
Food to Try in Turks & Caicos
Seafood is popular here (which makes sense for islands surrounded by sea life). Here’s three seafoods to try:
- They are known for conch specialties, which is an edible mollusk in a beautiful shell. Conch can be eaten several ways but the two most popular are raw and cut up in a cold salad, or as fried conch fritters.
- Caribbean lobster is another delicacy.
- Fried whole fish, including Snapper and Grouper, are regularly served alongside rice and salad.
Jerk Chicken, influenced by Jamaica which isn’t too far away, is also popular in Turks and Caicos.
Johnnycakes are common. They are made from a few simple ingredients including local drought-resistant maize (cornmeal), water and salt.
Activities for your Turks and Caicos Honeymoon
One of the best things to do in Turks and Caicos is simply enjoy your accommodations (whether a resort or villa rental), the weather, and beaches and relax. But if you’re craving some more activity on the Turks and Caicos islands there’s plenty to do.
Water Sports and Activities on the Turquoise Seas
- Book a boat charter, kayak, or kite board with Big Blue Collective.
- Take a snorkel excursion with Crystal Seas Adventures if you’re staying on Grand Turk.
- Go Scuba Diving with Salt Cay Divers, on Salt Cay.
- Parasail above Grace Bay on Providenciales with Sky Pilot Parasailing.
- Experience horseback riding in the water, with Provo Ponies.
- Attend an Island Fish Fry in Providenciales if you want to get a better feel for the local culture.
- Sail the island waters from Providenciales aboard “Beluga,” a 40-foot catamaran.
- Go Humpback whale watching January through April, at Salt Cay and Grand Turk with Big Blue Collective, Crystal Sea Adventures, or Salt Cay Divers.
Turks and Caicos Activities on Land
If you love a good golf course, try Provo Golf and Country Club, the only 18-hole course in Turks & Caicos.
Most of the popular resorts have their own spa on property. Enjoy a honeymoon couples massage.
Tour Conch Bar Caves on Middle Caicos for a look at geology many visitors don’t get to see.
Visit local Restaurants and Bars
Turks and Caicos Islands have an outstanding number of gourmet restaurants offering local and international cuisine. Favorite dining options of visitors include Coco Bistro, Da Conch Shack, Coyaba, and Mudjin Bar & Grill but there are dozens more to choose from.
Where to Stay for your Honeymoon in Turks & Caicos
If relaxation is in order, look into staying at one of the honeymoon resorts listed below. They all have access to beaches on the island, excursions, rentals like paddle boards and kayaks, restaurants on site and spas for the ultimate honeymoon experience.
- COMO Parrot Cay, offering rooms, villas and private estates to rent. It’s also home to the largest coconut and banana farm in the country.
- Seven Stars Resort and Spa on Grace Bay is a large property with multiple pools and various dining options.
- Long Bay Beach Club Villas have breathtaking views of the water from master suites and their infinity pools.
- Grace Bay Resorts, including Point Grace, West Bay Club and a Private Villa Collection, offer guests a chance to rent a beach house and enjoy the perks of the resort.
- Amanyara Resort on a nature reserve on Providenciales has unique pavilion accommodations. Or stay at one of their villas with multiple bedrooms; each has a private infinity pool.
- Wymara Resort & Villas on Grace Bay Beach of Providenciales has rooms and villas, designed in a modern white color palette that lets the turquoise of the surrounding water shine.
- Sailrock Resort is a romantic, luxury boutique hotel on the white sand beaches of South Caicos, that offers guests the option of a villa or suite.
Honeyfund Turks and Caicos Islands Honeymoon Registry
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