Travel Guide: Escape the Snow on Turks and Caicos
Winter blues already got you down? It’s always summer in this sunny Caribbean hideaway.
Hop on a nonstop flight from Logan to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos’ main island, and you’ll be stretching your toes in the warm sand in under four hours.
Staying beachfront is a given, but book a room at Como Parrot Cay, and you’ll have your own private island. A standard-setter for Caribbean luxury, the resort is accessed via a peaceful 35-minute boat transfer from Provo (the common nickname for Providenciales).
Looking to make a splash on your first day in Turks and Caicos? January and February are among the best months to catch Atlantic humpback whales as they migrate to the island chain’s warm waters. Schedule an early-morning excursion with the experts at Big Blue Collective, who’ve been taking visitors whale-watching for two decades, for your best shot at spotting one. If you’d prefer to get off the boat and into the water, the tour company also offers guided snorkeling excursions to local reefs. After you’ve returned to Provo, grab a waterfront table at da Conch Shack for fried conch fritters, a local specialty.
No one needs to tell you to set aside plenty of time to explore Turks and Caicos’ stunning shorelines. Back on Parrot Cay, the beaches are sweeping, empty, and fully equipped with drink service. The afternoon hours are also perfect for sneaking in a body treatment or massage at Como’s waterfront spa, or a rousing round of tennis. When the sun sets, it’s time to take a quick boat ride back to Provo for dinner at the Shore Club resort’s elegant Japanese-Peruvian-Caribbean fusion restaurant, Sui-Ren. Later on, sip a rum punch (or three) at the local joint Bugaloos and let the fire dancers and live steel-drum bands shake off any semblance of the doldrums you have left.