Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands just may be the best place for Americans to go for their beach vacation. This is the third in a series of posts as to why I think it is.
When I tell people I recently visited the Turks & Caicos Islands, they almost universally say, “Hmm. Where is that?” It sounds exotic, and it sounds like it is far, far away. But it is not. The Turks & Caicos Islands are in the eastern Caribbean, just east of Cuba, north of the island that makes up Haiti and the Dominican Republic and southeast of the Bahamas. In fact it is only a one hour-forty minute flight from Miami.
I live in the upper Midwest, and a flight to Providenciales, the main tourist island in the Turks & Caicos, is a one-stop flight, with a changeover in Charlotte on U.S. Airways (American Airlines). The islands are in the eastern time zone, which means just one hour difference from my home in Wisconsin and, of course, none at all for the entire eastern U.S. It took us about six hours to get to Providenciales from Milwaukee. Now compare that to a trip to Hawaii, which can take 12 to 15 hours, depending on your connections, and a five hour difference in time with a big jet lag hangover.
Here is a sample of recent flights from TripAdvisor:
- From New York, one stop, 6 1/2 hours: $545
- From Chicago, one stop, 5 1/2 hours, $755
- From Atlanta, one stop, 5 1/2 hours, $762
- From Miami, non-stop, 1 hour 43 minutes, $640
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