The tropical dream of a deserted Caribbean getaway is realised in the Turks and Caicos. The islands remain quiet and relatively undiscovered despite their proximity to the Bahamas and the USA.
People looking for a pirate idyll, perfect beach or superb diving opportunities will be impressed by the range of options available across the archipelago. Grand Turk, home to the capital Cockburn Town has a wealth of dive sites, including some spectacular underwater cliffs. Alternatively, dive with humpback whales at nearby Salt Cay.
On land, hike the trails of Middle Caicos and explore the underground caves and caverns of Conch Bar Caves National Park, to find stalactites, stalagmites, lagoons, bats and ancient petroglyphs drawn by indigenous Indians. Elsewhere, cycle or kayak around North Caicos, watch iguanas and flamingos on West Caicos and go bonefishing on South Caicos.