Southeast of the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos is an archipelago of Caribbean islands which fall under the British Virgin Islands’ postcode. Just a 1-hour flight from Miami and 3 hours from New York, they offer year-round sunshine, wonderfully fresh seafood and pristine white beaches, so they’re a hotspot for honeymooners.
There are 8 big islands (the Turks) and 40 smaller islands or cays (the Caicos), most of which are uninhabited. Tourism is the main industry; the largest islands - Providenciales and Grand Turk - are each home to several big hotels, but it’s the smaller islands which offer the exclusive resorts loved by the A-list. Bruce Willis owns a house here and Parrot Cay is Donna Karan’s favourite holiday destination.
Divers will be in heaven; the Turks and Caicos have one of the longest coral reefs in the world and are rated as a premier underwater spot, with many rare species to spot, including the porcupine fish, sea horses and humpback whales. Deep-sea and bone-fishing are also popular, but people mainly flock here to relax on the exquisite beaches and paddle in turquoise waters visible from space.