When it comes to choosing a Caribbean destination, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas are two of the most popular options. Although both offer stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and plenty of activities, they differ in size, population, and attractions. The Bahamas is much larger than the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is comprised of 700 islands and 3,542 miles of coastline, while the
Turks and Caicos Islandsare made up of 40 islands and 242 miles of coastline.
As a result, more people live and travel to the Bahamas than to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Bahamas is ideal for visitors looking for white and pink sand beaches, as well as lively nightlife. On the other hand, the Turks and Caicos Islands are perfect for those seeking a quiet destination with incredible beaches. The country is made up of the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands, plus eight large cays and many smaller cays that consist of reefs, rocks, and banks.
The most popular islands in the Turks and Caicos Islands are South Caicos, Providenciales (also called Provo), and Grand Turk. Those who want to get off the beaten path will find plenty of secluded beaches in North Caicos and Central Caicos. There are two airports in the Turks and Caicos Islands: one in Provo (PLS) and one in Grand Turk (GDT). Domestic flights to and from other islands are available from both airports.
Governor's Beach in Grand Turk is an exotic beach to visit in the Turks and Caicos Islands due to its crystal clear waters and clear peach-colored sand. To ensure safety while visiting this destination, avoid traveling to isolated places, strolling at night, or renting villas as robberies are the most common type of crime. When it comes to activities, there are plenty to choose from in the Turks and Caicos Islands but not as many as in the Bahamas. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities in both destinations with 26% snorkeling.
Renting a car is recommended when visiting Grand Turk as it is a great way to explore the island. The best time to visit is from May to August when the weather is great but crowds are not as bad as during Christmas season.Grace Bay on Providenciales Island is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. If you're looking for a unique experience, check out this 3-hour food tour about the taste of the Turks and Caicos Islands where guests visit five local restaurants to sample seafood dishes while learning about indigenous Islanders.In conclusion, both destinations offer stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, plenty of activities, but they differ in size, population, attractions, and activities. The Bahamas is perfect for visitors looking for white sand beaches and lively nightlife while the Turks and Caicos Islands are ideal for those seeking a quiet destination with incredible beaches.