Kick off your shoes – and keep them off, because there’s every chance you won’t be needing them on Turks and Caicos Islands holidays. This tropical idyll gives you not one, not two, but 40 islands strung out like pearls across the ocean – only eight of them inhabited and the remainder gloriously deserted. Forty islands mean 230 miles of pristine beach to luxuriate on; plus with the third largest reef in the world off-shore, and some of the clearest water you’ll find anywhere, this really is a slice of paradise.
Providenciales, or ‘Provo’ as it’s fondly known, is the main ‘hot spot’ for tourists…if you can call gloriously unbusy beaches a ‘hot spot’. Grace Bay, with its blisteringly white powder sand and glittering azure sea is the most popular stretch of beach and there’s watersports on offer here, as well as superb snorkelling. But even on Provo, it’s easy to give your fellow holiday makers the slip, and quiet Taylor Bay and Sapodilla Bay have shallow, calm water perfect for children, while Long Bay Beach pulls in the kite boarders.
Other islands give you the chance to leave the crowds even further behind, and North Caicos is known for its flock of elegant pink flamingos and has miles of deserted sandy beaches plus a whole host of colourful marine life to view beneath the waves. Or take a trip to Salt Cay to do some whale watching; to Little Cay to seek out its rare rock iguanas; or to Middle Caicos to hike the Crossing Place Trail and to stop off at the beautiful bluff of Mudjin Harbour Beach, with its towering limestone cliffs.
There’s enough variety on Turks and Caicos Island holidays to keep even the pickiest of holidaymakers happy. And the only footwear you’ll want to want to slip on while you’re here is a pair of flippers.