Credit: Blane Perun

Turks and Caicos Islands

The islands of Turks and Caicos are found in the Atlantic Ocean’s Lucayan Archipelago in the West Indies. A British Overseas Territory, the islands feature a total area of 430 square kilometers, and are primarily known for their many tourist attractions and resorts.

The islands were first sighted by European explorers in 1512, however, their history is much longer than that. Scholars believe that Taino people from Hispaniola moved to the islands as early as 500 AD. When the Spanish found the islands in the 1500s, they took many of their inhabitants as slaves along with the people from the southern Bahamas Islands.

After Britain prohibited slave trade in the early 19th century, the islands became part of a separate colony under a council president. After Turks and Caicos also became part of Canada for a short time, the islands finally received their own governor when the Bahamas became independent in 1973.

Turks is by far one of the best trips I have taken in the Caribbean. For starters this is a pretty quick trip from Miami, a few drinks and before you know it your on the tarmac. Not being a primary destination the Islands have a great flavor, just enough infrastructure but not too many people. Rentals, great food, nice airport, and plenty of exploration abound.

The Island is pretty underdeveloped; just the right mix of feeling safe but having to work to find what you need. There is a pretty developed strip where you can find food, wine, and electronics but we kind of stayed away from the part of the island (except when searching for wine)

My wife and I will typically get in our rental car and just drive and explore the islands with no idea of where we are going. On our trip there just happened to be an annual conch fest going on, and what great eats. Prior to the festival we ate at a place named “Conch Shack” and it was amazing, sitting on a bench in the sand with fresh conch (nothing like it).

Both of us avid photographers we had a great time snapping shots of people and places along the journey, the entire island had a 50’s vibe.

Everywhere we go we look for Gelato and Turks delivered! We met a woman from the Czech Republic who bought a town home in Turks and had a small shop, she went to the beach in the morning opened the shop for lunch and went back to the beach (what a life). My wife and I are fans of The Amazing Race, and in season 24 a team that called themselves the Afghanimals won a trip to Turks, we ran into them at her Gelato shop.

Take a look at my Turks Dive Galley

Photograph by Blane Perun

Blane Perun

Diver - Photographer - Traveler

Whale in Ocean