Turks and Caicos and the Coral Reef

Thinking about a Caribbean holiday? If you automatically assume that every one of those magnificent island photos with the white sandy beaches, the bright multi-colored fish swimming near coral reefs under crystal blue and green ocean waters was from the Bahamas, Cancun or Hawaii, you might be in for a surprise.

Turks and Caicos vacations are one of the Atlantic Ocean's true paradises, situated in a string of about forty islands, only eight of which are inhabited, off the coast of Cuba and Haiti. It's also where an assortment of famous celebrities, such as Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and Cindy Crawford frequent, and is notorious for one of the longest coral reefs in the world.

Shopping and Browsing

Travelers and day tourists will find a pleasant surprise while shopping on the islands, and will soon realize why Turks and Caicos vacations are the best in the world. Rather than over-priced T-shirt and gift shops that typically plague a great number of island resorts, Turks and Caicos offer a mixture of luxury and essentials found in innovative stores with luxurious high quality goods, such as jewelry, resort wear, local and international crafts.

The islands are not just celebrity locations, but home to many talented artists who work in a variety of different mediums; artwork which you can experience while browsing the assortment of galleries and art studios. There's also no shortage of 5-star cafes, restaurants and bars.

Grace Bay Beach

The long arc-edged beach is a wide, haven of crystal white sand edged by palm trees. Though there are resorts that line the shore, the hotels are set back a ways from the actual beaches. As you stroll through the soft talcum powder sand, you'll probably walk for miles without seeing another soul in either direction.

It's a perfect location for your personal space, peaceful enough to read a good book by the shore, relaxing in the shaded resort chairs or long soothing walks of quiet reflection. Grace Bay beach is also where you'll find some of the top shops and restaurants for shopping and fine cuisine.

This is the Caribbean holiday where you'll not only find some of the finest dining and shopping, but spectacular wildlife resorts that are protected as national parks. Whether you're into golfing, scuba diving, kayaking, mountain biking and sailing, or more of a nature lover who enjoys sports fishing, horseback riding and outdoor hiking, Turks and Caicos islands have a little of something for everyone.