Posted February 16, 2011 by BookingBuddy
It’s only about an hour’s flight from Miami, but life on Turks and Caico’s seems a world away from the fast pace of city life. Don’t worry if you can’t quite decide where you want to spend your break – the islands are small enough and close enough that you can easily squeeze several of them in during a short break. You’ll find all the trappings of a must-visit Caribbean destination here – crystal clear waters, fine white sand and colourful reefs. You may also be able to spot a herd of humpback whales off the coast, or a donkey wandering the streets of a quiet country town.
Grand Turk Lighthouse – This working lighthouse has had a long and rather turbulent history, starting with its construction in the UK over 150 years ago. It was then brought over to Grand Turk brick by brick, and rebuilt on the island’s northern tip. The lighthouse runs on electricity these days, and the old lens is now on display in the museum.
Da Conch Shack – True to its name, Da Conch Shack’s specialty is conch, served cracked, curried, stewed and almost any other way you can think of. The conchs are served fresh from the sea, caught by local fishermen and kept in pens near the shack. Those who aren’t into conch needn’t worry, there’s plenty of other seafood and even jerk chicken on the menu. Wash down all down with a pitcher of Jan’s Infamous Rum Punch, and enjoy a rum cake or real rum and raisin ice cream before you leave.
Osprey Beach Hotel – Fall asleep to the calming sounds of the waves lapping against the shore at the Osprey Beach Hotel in Grand Turk. There are 27 rooms that open onto the beachfront, and another 10 more that look into a lush tropical courtyard. The suites are equipped with kitchens so you can enjoy your own home-cooked meals, or head to the Birdcage Restaurant for some local cuisine. Room rates start from around £65.
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