A destination wedding allows you to escape and celebrate away from your busy lives, and make it an experience completely about your love. While a beach wedding is a beautiful experience in every instance, it can be made even better when you are catered to on a true island paradise.
Pristine white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and a five-star experience; are the ingredients of a true dream wedding, and these are also the elements that clearly describe Turks and Caicos resorts.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are amongst the most beautiful islands in the world and are only a short distance away from the Florida coast with easy connectivity to Miami and New York, these islands are quickly becoming the premier destination for East Coast (and beyond) wedding escapes.
We are going to take a closer look at these islands and why Turks and Caicos’ all-inclusive resorts may be the absolute best escape for your dream wedding.
What are the Turks and Caicos Islands?
Turk and Caicos isn’t a single location; rather it is a territory composed of many small islands and cays.
The major international airport is located on the island called Providenciales (Provo). This island also happens to have the famous Grace Bay Beach location, but it is not the only desirable destination. Many islands contain exquisite resorts and amenities, while others are home to natural wildlife and even a few shipwrecks dot the coasts.
All in all, the islands are a perfect mix of wild, untamed nature, and beautiful comfort amongst the shores.
The Turks & Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory, the US dollar is an accepted currency, and the primary language is English-based Creole. The capital is located about 650 miles southeast of Miami.
A vast amount of wild plants, animals, reefs, and marine life are spread across the archipelago, and it is generally considered amongst the most diverse ecosystems on earth.
Little Islands with Big History
The history of these islands is nearly as complex and diverse as the creatures who dwell upon them. Tribes, pirates, and empires have all spent their time on these shores.
The Turks and Caicos Islands originally played home to the Lucayan and Taino tribes, who settled on numerous islands. To this day, the tribal people’s fondness for conch has remained a defining cultural trait of the islands, and the Caicos Conch Farm is currently the only commercial conch farm in the world.
Salt farms and a ready supply of food attracted European sailors, and eventually, European powers took control. In the late 17th century, pirates used the islands as a refuge and retreat when attacking Spanish shipping. The islands were officially colonized in 1681 by salt collectors.
Today the islands remain a British Overseas Territory.
Why a Turks & Caicos Destination Wedding?
Now history is nice, but why should these islands play host to your dream wedding?
Well, the first reason is that the beaches of the Turks & Caicos are commonly winners of awards and top the lists of the best places to visit consistently. This is the premier island getaway destination, not just another place with some ocean views.
But the beaches of Turks & Caicos are only the beginning of what the islands have to offer.
The exciting nature and wildlife of the island, paired with the five-star luxury resorts, spas, and dining experiences, present the best of both worlds.
Adventure, comfort, and relaxation have never melded so well. Salt scrub spa treatments, seasonal seafood specialties, private boat charters, jungle excursions, and so much more – this isn’t just a trip to have a wedding with a scenic background. The right resort can make this a full catered experience amongst the Caribbean’s pristine beaches and unspoiled island environments.
Wedding Packages for Turks and Caicos
There is no limit to the number of options available to you when it comes to the actual type of wedding you wish to have. You can choose from Turks & Caicos wedding packages ranging from major events to an intimate wedding with only close loved ones, offering you the perfect way of saying I do on your special day no matter your preference.
Work with a local wedding planner and take a close look at many wedding venue options available.
In most cases, when you work with one of the high-end resorts, you will have access to a wedding coordinator who will assist you with things like the particular floral arrangements and all the other setup needed to create the perfect ambiance for the nuptials.
There are many quality resorts and wedding locations throughout the islands, including the Blue Haven Resort, the Turks and Caicos’ Sailrock Resort, and the Como Parrot Cay.
One example at Sailrock goes well beyond a simple wedding ceremony and wedding party. The resort will help you officiate the ceremony, provide witnesses when necessary, a single-tier cake, champagne, live music, menu creation, and other coordination and planning concierge services.
While you can, of course, handle most of this yourself, it is nice to have the resort as a stop-gap against anything you forgot, or that goes wrong. They have everything from private personal ceremonies to a la cart services for over thirty people.
Nothing will stop you from having the perfect wedding day when you have professional wedding planning and redundancies in place.
Maybe a Villa Retreat?
There are so many choices for a romantic getaway on the islands; it is worth visiting some of the more unique ones.
A villa or luxury rental can give you the same beachfront access as a larger hotel, but the privacy of true romance deserves. A sunlit spacious bedroom overlooking breathtaking views will give your days altogether a whole new level of satisfaction.
Boutique hotels on secluded cays typically have several private villas or cabanas for couples.
One option that is great for those looking to make a memorable experience during their time on the islands must make sure to book with a resort that offers, or at least is near, excursion package events.
These are fantastic adventures for small groups who want to explore and picnic out in the natural environment. Take bikes and ATVs across the sands of back roads, or go snorkeling on the reefs. See tropical fish and wild animals, and make your wedding trip a real event.
If fishing or water sports are more your thing, there are tons of charters to help you have the best possible day on the water. Experts will be on hand to help you make the most of the opportunity.
When you get tired of the water and want some fun on dry land, go ahead and book a meal at one of the fine restaurants, or sign up to play 18 holes at The Turks and Caicos National Course or the Provo Golf Club. Play in paradise amongst the championship “target-style” golf courses.
There are also more subdued trips where you can explore and learn about the islands’ history, flora, and fauna on a guided and relaxing tour.
All in all, make sure to have excursions on your to-do list and experience the Turks and Caicos the way they are meant to be experienced.
Some Interesting Facts About the Islands
These are some other reasons you may love to spend your time in the Turks and Caicos.
While the Turks and Caicos are part of Caribbean culture, and the clear waters and pristine sands look as beautiful if not more so than any in the Caribbean, the islands technically lay in the Atlantic (since they are on the North-Eastern side of Cuba).
On the plus side, delicious Caribbean food and the same festive culture is abundant on the islands.
The Water Temperature is Perfect
The water off the beaches is 82 to 84 degrees (28-29 degrees Celsius) and feels like you are hopping into a comfortably warmed pool.
Annual Humpback Whale Migration
If you time it right, you can get a glance at the majestic humpback whales as they pass through the islands. From January to March, you have a great opportunity to try and see these wonders of the ocean in person should you so wish.
Amazing Above Ground Caves
If spelunking and playing Indiana Jones is more your style, then the islands’ mysterious caves may be worth the trip.
Many Islands are Uninhabited
While there are roughly 40 islands, only eight are inhabited. Many excursions and trips to these small islands allow for complete seclusion.
This lack of habitation is likely why so many famous pirates in history used them as a stopping spot to repair and refresh. Calico Jack and Anne Bonny are perhaps the most famous of these pirates to have graced the shores.
A Giant Barrier Reef
Turks & Caicos holds the second-largest barrier reef system in the western part of the world. Those who love scuba diving will find this to be a remarkable opportunity.
Start Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding Today
As you can see, the Turks and Caicos Islands provide the ultimate beach escapes and island getaways and give you a beautiful and romantic locale to start your future.
Spend the happiest day of your lives on the most beautiful beaches on earth. Start planning your dream beach wedding today!