Turks and Caicos, a British Overseas Territory, is just north of the Dominican Republic and east of Cuba. The territory has 40 islands and islets, but only a dozen are inhabited. Tourists can find villas on uncrowded beaches, centrally-located rental condos, luxury resorts and a host of other accommodation options.
The vacation experience in Turks and Caicos can be quite different depending on the type of accommodation that you choose. This is why it is important to understand what types of rentals and resorts are available. Then, you will be able to find the hotel, resort or vacation rental that best fits with your needs and your style of vacationing.
For vacationers with a large budget, renting a luxury villa is the best option. Actually, because some of the islands are sparsely populated, villas are sometimes the option. What can you expect from these high-end rentals? The best luxury villas have pools and outdoor lounge areas, fully-equipped kitchens, living rooms, and stylishly modern designs.
Examples of these vacation rentals are the White Villas. These venues can accommodate up to six people. They have features like ocean-view terraces, swimming pools with swim-up bars and fully-integrated entertainment systems. For vacationers who want space, privacy and a full menu of amenities, private luxury villas like this are the absolute best option in Turks and Caicos
Condos and apartments
For vacationers who do not need as much space or as many amenities, rental condos are a viable option. These places may offer ocean views, and they may have private balconies. However, pools and oceanfront terraces are shared with the other guests in the condo complex. Likewise, beach access will not be private.
Condos are often centrally-located. There are lots of condo options on the most populated islands like Grand Turk and Providenciales. If you want to be near major attractions like golf courses, museums, dive shops or public beaches, then these condos might be the best option for you. Also, if you are visiting one of the islands’ festivals, such as the Conch Festival on Providenciales, condos often offer easy access to the events and festivities.
Keep in mind, however, that the islands are small here. Providenciales is 37 square miles, so if you choose a villa instead of a condo, you will still never be too far away from the action.
Inns and boutique hotels
Smaller inns and boutique hotels provide a stylish and unique setting. Yes, you will have to give up the high level of privacy that you will get in a villa or condo, but boutiques are not just places to stay; they can become an attraction in and of themselves. These inns feature creative – sometimes quirky – interior designs and furnishing. Some provide special cuisine, and some are housed in refurbished historic buildings.
A variety of vacation rentals are available on sites like Airbnb. These cover all price ranges. For example, you may be able to find a modest cottage or apartment in a population center, or a more luxurious home at a prime location near a beach.
The drawback to be aware of with these venue is that the quality of the accommodations and services may be inconsistent. Some private, peer-to-peer rentals may be excellent, while others may be lacking when it comes to amenities and services. This is less of a risk with professionally managed rental villas.
As you can see, there are options for every type of traveler on the islands of Turks and Caicos. You just have to choose which type of accommodation will best suit your needs and give you the perfect setting so that you can truly enjoy your vacation.