Nothing beats a family vacation. Kids love to travel just as much as you, and if that vacation involves spending a week on the beach or playing in a beautiful swimming pool, even better!
If you are planning a trip to Turks and Caicos this year, here’s what you need to know about planning a wonderful family vacation that involves kid-friendly activities, food, drinks, and accommodations.
There are dozens of flights to Providenciales from mainland USA/Canada and Europe. You can book direct flights from Miami, Dallas, New York, Boston, and other major cities. It’s only a three-hour flight from New York to Providenciales, which is manageable with young children. If you’re flying from Canada, Air Canada offers direct flights from Toronto and Montreal. Flights from the UK involve a transfer in Antigua.
Check out your options and book flights according to your budget and itinerary. The best time to fly to Turks and Caicos is anytime outside of the hurricane season (September to November). Peak travel season is December to April, but the weather outside of this period is just as nice. The only thing to remember is that most things close outside of the peak holiday season, which will be a problem if you want to do lots of activities.
Families often find it much easier to rent a house or villa when traveling with younger children. A villa gives you a lot more freedom, because you are not restricted to hotel mealtimes and you can put your kids to bed for a nap while you hang out by the pool. There are some budget-friendly Turks and Caicos Villa Rentals with great value, so check out your options.
It’s easier to rent a car than take public transportation when you have younger kids and car seats to deal with. Book a rental in advance for the best prices and remember, Turks and Caicos are British, so they drive on the left side of the road!
Packing for Your Vacation
Pack lots of bug spray, as there will be plenty of mosquitoes. Since you’ll probably be spending most of your time on the beach or by the pool, beachwear is essential. The sun is very hot, so UV clothing is sensible if your kids are very small. Take your preferred brand of sunscreen, because buying it on the islands will be costly. If you travel during the rainy season (June to November), take games to keep the kids busy if it’s pouring down outside.
Fun Activities for Kids
The beaches are amazing and the water is very shallow for a considerable distance. Your kids will want to try snorkeling, so they can look for small fish. Swimming is also very safe. Older kids might want to try kite-surfing while you watch from your beach towel. Grace Bay and Sapodilla Bay are very child-friendly.
A relaxing vacation is good for everyone, so start packing and look forward to a wonderful child-friendly trip!