The Oasis at Grace Bay is located in Turks & Caicos, a Caribbean paradise of 40 islands and cays. This island region is one of the world’s fastest-growing travel destinations, with its unspoiled waters and reefs and pristine beaches. Only eight of the islands are inhabited. On the north side, facing the Atlantic Ocean, a long barrier reef protects the islands and offers outstanding scuba diving opportunities. They’re located 575 miles southeast of Miami and 55 miles southeast of the Bahamas.
The Turks & Caicos Islands have a long-standing relationship with the British Crown and became a British Commonwealth Colony in 1962. The country is now officially designated an “Independent Overseas Territory.”
Today, the nearly 16,000 who live there are employed primarily by the island’s two main industries: tourism and offshore banking (the islands do not levy personal or corporate taxes).
The Turks & Caicos Islands appeal to vacationers looking for a secluded and serene Caribbean destination, as well as to sports fishermen and divers who appreciate the crystal-clear waters, spectacular reefs, and rich sea life. The low-key nightlife and the fact that there is no cruise port on Providenciales add the air of island exclusivity.
The Turks & Caicos Islands are among the driest places on the planet. We recommend that you pack plenty of sunscreen and hats to protect you from the sun.
The best time to visit Turks & Caicos is April and May, a sweet spot with fewer crowds. The weather is pleasant year-round with average highs hovering in the 80s, but the islands do have a rainy season, and the threat of hurricanes lingers from June to November. As with other destinations in the Caribbean, the high season for Turks & Caicos lasts from December to March.
From Asia to Italy, from France and Britain to Mexico, there is a world of food flavors to discover and savor on your next vacation to Turks & Caicos. Local food in the islands is mostly Creole style and can be found at inexpensive eateries such as the Middle Caicos Cafe and Sailing Paradise on Providenciales. The specialties include hominy (pigeon peas and grits served with fish, conch or pig’s tail), conch salad and fresh lobster and fish.
As well as traditional foods, continental dishes are also available. Some establishments have buffet-style dining and table service is common. Alcohol is freely available and a wide selection of imported beer, wines and spirits can be found in most bars.
(no adapter needed for U.S. visitors)
British, European and American GSM phones will work. CDMA phones, like Verizon and Sprint will not work.
No vaccinations are required or recommended.
U.S. Eastern Standard Time (same as New York)
Drive on the left, as in the United Kingdom
The Oasis at Grace Bay, is located right in the heart of Grace Bay and most restaurants and bars on island are within close walking distance. However, some restaurants and attractions are further away and it is better to hire a taxi or rent a car. If you plan to be doing a lot of driving around while you are here, it makes a lot more economical sense to rent your own vehicle.
In most of the larger, busier resorts, the Graceway Supermarkets and Providenciales International Airport (PLS), there are usually taxis waiting and readily available to drive you where you need to go. Most taxis have set fees billing their customers per person depending on where you want to go on island. Be sure to confirm and agree to the total cost of your trip with the driver prior to hiring them.
Most of the car rental companies on Providenciales offer good, well working vehicles to rent. These are some our clients have had the best experiences with;
Grace Bay Car Rentals - 649-941-8500 (GraceBayCarRentals.com)
Hertz - 649-941-3910 (http://www.hertztci.com)
Avis - 649-946-4705 (http://www.avis.com/car-rental/location/CAR/TC/Turks-&-Caicos/PLS)