Less than 2 hours from Miami International Airport is a Caribbean Paradise. One of the very few places in the world that still has that unique “Old world Caribbean feel”. Soft white sand & crystal clear water aren’t the only luxuries that await you in the TCI. The rich and vibrant culture of the Turks and Caicos Islands, albeit subtle, is one of the main reasons that so many Americans, Canadians and Europeans have come to the TCI and… well, never left.
I often meet people in my travels that have said that they have visited my paradise, when asked where did you stay they will recall the name of an all-inclusive resorts or in some cases the name of one of the many cruise ships that frequent our TCI’s shores. My response to them is usually in the form of a challenge. I challenge travelers to take a second look at the TCI. Not through an iron gate or the window of a cruise ship but to actually dive in! Taste the flavors, hear the sounds and most importantly meet the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Savor the tastes of fresh local seafood like lobster; fish & the every more popular fresh conch prepared in more ways than one can count. In fact just when I think I’ve tried it all someone comes up with a new spin on an old dish and again - I’m hooked! For those culinary explorers out there looking for that “down home” Caicos island dish and lucky enough to stumble upon someone willing to share, I recommend two of my personal favorites the hashed shark or crab and rice. Both are increasingly more difficult to come by as you wont find it on a menu in Grace Bay, but one taste is like food for the soul, island style.
Wherever you find good food you will undoubtedly find good music. In the TCI you will hear all the island favorites like Calypso, Soca, Reggae or Junkanoo but no authentic Turks and Caicos celebration really gets started until someone yells “go in the bush!”. Enter… “rake and scrape”!!! Hand saw, cow bells & drums strike up a fast pace rhythm that immediately gets the feet tapping.
The true spirit of the TCI culture lives in the hearts of our people. Here in the TCI you will meet some of the kindest, most accommodating people in the Caribbean. Most are eager to share stories about what it means to grow up and live in a true unspoiled Caribbean paradise. Stories of fishing along the rock, (shoreline) going in the field or diving for conch usually mixed with good-natured humor will keep you entertained.
I challenge anyone to get to know the real Turks and Caicos Islands. At the end of your stay, if you do decide to return home these “beautiful by nature” islands will forever burn warm in your hearts!
Until Next time,
Managing Director, Island Escapes (TCI) Ltd.