Craving the beach? Here’s your guide to solo vacations in Türkiye and Caicos Islands

Individuals include many, but they also have preferences. Sweet and salty. The early bird versus the night owl. Beach and pool. These preferences can be put to the test when vacationing with a group, but I can confidently say that when you stay at the right resort, different opinions can come together to execute a perfect trip. That was my experience in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and if you’re thinking of planning a trip for your loved ones, friend group, or partner to the islands off the coast of the Bahamas, here’s everything you need to know.

When planning a trip, it's important to think about how much time you have and what purpose you want to set for your trip. Are you someone who loves exploring new places through short trips? Would you rather spend your quality time at the beach? Is food the main attraction for you in a new place? Note these things down in advance so you can plan your trip accordingly.

My flight from New York to Providenciales, one of the islands in the Turks and Caicos, took about three and a half hours—not bad at all, considering the moment I landed, it felt like Landing in a completely different corner of heaven. The sun was shining, the air was breezy and warm, but be warned, the customs queue was the final test of my patience, standing between me and the famous beach of Providenciales (locally known as Provo, once named 12 Mile) It is rated one of the best beach destinations in the world by TripAdvisor. )

Things to do in Turks and Caicos

I was invited to stay at Turks and Caicos Beach, a sprawling all-inclusive resort made up of five different "villages" and offering 21 restaurants and 10 swimming pools for guests to enjoy. Each village has a different architectural style and atmosphere, inspired by places like Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West. I stayed in a two-story, two-bedroom concierge suite in Key West, which offers concierge service to help coordinate activities around the resort, a kitchen stocked with any beverages you might need, and private check-in. Key West Village is conveniently located and offers luxurious dining experiences such as seafood at Neptune's, brunch at Sky Lounge and all-day buffets at Bayside Restaurant.

Concierge room rates at Beaches Turks and Caicos start at $570 per person per night and go up to approximately $1,000 per person per night, depending on the package you choose. Accommodation options at Beaches Resorts start at $404 per person per night, and every room at the resort is all-inclusive.

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What to do in Turks and Caicos Islands

One of the main attractions of all-inclusive resorts is that once you arrive at the resort, you don’t have to think about the price of meals and drinks during your stay. You can reserve any of the included restaurant locations by simply providing your room number at checkout—ideal if you're planning a trip with friends and don't want to send the same money back and forth via Venmo throughout your vacation.

That being said, in addition to eating (which is arguably one of the most important parts of any vacation), beach resorts offer plenty of activities. You can sign up for free water sports on the beach, such as kayaking and paddle boarding; if you prefer land sports, there are basketball courts, tennis courts, billiards halls, etc. throughout the resort for guests to use their leisure. You can also enjoy a variety of shows and parties hosted by the resort throughout your trip. From themed nights (like reggae or 90s night) to late night drinks at Cricketer's Pub, to live concerts (98 Degrees hosted a concert to celebrate their 25th anniversary during my stay).

Of course, Grace Bay Beach is the ultimate destination for anyone planning a trip to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The sand is very white (don't forget to wear sunglasses as the sun will reflect off, believe me), the water is almost waveless and clear - coming from someone who prefers to play in the pool on holiday, I've spent more in four trips Time is in the sea – there have been more day trips there than I have done in the past four years. With an all-inclusive package, you can quickly pick up food and drinks to enjoy on the beach during the day, ensuring you get the most out of the sun. Remember to reapply sunscreen.

Tips for traveling to Turks and Caicos Islands

Almost all resorts in Turks and Caicos offer an all-inclusive model, making them an easy place to stay, especially if you're traveling alone. Providenciales' airport is easy to navigate, less than a 20-minute drive from the coast (taxis offer flat-rate fare from the airport to resorts in the area), and getting from baggage claim to your hotel is stress-free. Also convenient is that Turks and Caicos uses U.S. dollars, so you don't even have to worry about making cash transactions before your trip (although with all-inclusive packages, you'll be signing checks with your room number in most cases). Consider this your sign, follow that lingering desire to travel, and take a solo trip to the beach, or invite some friends to join you—no matter your travel compatibility, it's going to be a blast.