By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I read an article about the Turks and Caicos Islands. What do you think about this destination and would you recommend it for a relaxing vacation? When is the best time to go?

A: Depending upon your reasons for visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), December to April is considered the peak tourist season and is the best time for weather with average daily highs of 25 degrees Celsius. However, summer is best for scuba diving. Since hurricane season is at its height in September and October, it wouldn't be a good time to visit this destination.

Presently a British overseas territory, Turks and Caicos has a population of 15,000 and has a small colony of Canadian and American expats. Tourism and finance are major industries here.

What's interesting about this archipelago is that the small island chain makes for great island hopping. You can swim with the bottlenose dolphins and if you're lucky spot a humpback whale. Snorkelling through the shallow coral reefs is popular, offering an abundance of tropical fish, while the deeper waters that divide the islands drop some 2 km and provide fantastic deep sea scuba diving.

If you crave for relaxation and white sandy beaches, one local I know highly recommends the destination. The footnote here is the nightlife. With the exception of Club Med, there is very little nightly entertainment. Also, expect it to be an expensive vacation given the high U.S. exchange rate. For more info visit


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