My fondest memories of these idyllic islands are dominated by mesmerising beaches – with crystal blue water and white sand, the shores here are absolutely breathtaking. I highly recommend going on a snorkelling expedition to see the fascinating marine life and vibrant corals; the water is incredibly clear so you won’t miss a thing. Although the weather in the islands is lovely all year round, the temperatures from November to May are slightly less humid than the summer months, with averages of 28 degrees. What I love most about these islands is the overriding sense of serenity – if you are looking for a romantic getaway, you can expect the utmost privacy and peace. For those who would like to add a touch of adventure, this location is ideal for a multi-centre escape – whether it be Miami or Antigua.
Discover enchanting hideaways made for soulful seclusion, where the bluest of blue seas laps gently against beaches of near-impossible beauty. An air of exclusiveness pervades these pristine, subtropical islands south east of the Bahamas. Bordering the unspoilt cays, some of the finest white sand beaches in the Caribbean fuse with turquoise waters where gleaming white yachts drift at anchor. Depending on your preference, choose between the more upbeat ambience of Providenciales with its powdery beach that stretches for miles, welcoming beach bars and cool cafes or hole up on a private island where forget-the-world seclusion is key. When a spell of activity beckons, there’s no shortage of possibilities – cast off for Middle Caicos to explore the dramatic limestone caves at Conch Bar, hire a kayak to explore the labyrinth of mangrove channels that thread these spellbinding islands or experience the thrill of viewing humpback whales off the coast during their migration. Underwater, the colourful reefs teem with fish and vibrant corals, offering up superlative diving experiences by day and by night. This is the Caribbean at its most blissful and serene. Whatever the activity, it will sharpen your appetite for Grace Bay’s Thursday night fish fry, where delicious aromas of freshly cooked fish and sweet island tunes fill the air. This heady mix of barefoot island living and in-crowd chic is now even more accessible, with flights that touch down in Antigua, making a twin-centre island escape an appealing possibility, or combine with a US East Coast city such as New York or Miami for a best of both worlds experience.
These islands enjoy a warm, subtropical climate that varies little year round – the most refreshing time to visit is from November to May, with average temperatures of 26°C, though evenings may feel fresher due to the cooling trade winds. The summer months are hotter and humid, with the possibility of tropical showers.
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