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Best and Worst Times to Visit Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos beach
Summer is the best time to visit. © Turks and Caicos Tourist Office

The best time to visit Turks and Caicos is early to late spring for warmer temperatures and lower risk of rain. But late winter and early summer also have their benefits.

Late winter is cooler with low risk of rain. Early summer has better temperatures but higher risk of rain.

The worst times to visit Turks and Caicos is late summer through late fall because of the heavy risk of rain from the annual Caribbean hurricane season.

The islands are among the northernmost islands in the Caribbean. They lie about 465 miles southeast of Nassau Bahamas. Grand Turk is a somewhat popular cruise port. The island group has more than 1 million cruise visitors and half a million hotel visitors every year, according to the Turks and Caicos government statistics department.

The High Season

Because of their northern location, Turks and Caicos have cooler weather than most of the Caribbean to the south.

The seasons, high as opposed to low, are about price and availability. The high season is mid-December to mid-April and sees higher prices due to the increased demand.

Turks and Caicos monthly temperatures
© 2021 Scott S. Bateman

Temperatures average in the high 70s Fahrenheit. Rainfall averages less than two inches a month.

Vacationers heading to Turks and Caicos during this period should be prepared to fight the large crowds in shopping centers, on beaches and at other public attractions. As such, planning ahead is crucial.

Unlike some other islands, the high season in T&C is clearly defined and followed rigidly. Indeed, hotels and villas use this date range rather consistently when pricing their accommodations.

The Low Season

The low season brings warmer temperatures and also more rain. The average high temperatures reach into the mid 80s Fahrenheit. Average monthly rainfall grows is about five to seven inches, especially in the fall.

During this period, prices are typically 30 percent to 50 percent lower than the corresponding high season. Moreover, due to the low demand, accommodation availability usually increases.

However, this comes at a cost. First, certain businesses close during the period. Moreover many hotels and villas do extensive renovation and other works during the low season. No one likes to be caught up in the midst of noisy maintenance work during their vacation.

Hurricane Season

Turks and Caicos monthly rainfall
© 2021 Scott S. Bateman

The hurricane season may be an excellent time for travel as long as hurricanes and tropical storms stay at bay. The season officially lasts from June 1st to November 30th with the most dangerous period being between the end of August and mid-October.

Without the threat of impending hurricanes, this season may prove to be a treat. Normally, there are specials that offer 40 percent to 50 percent off on hotel prices. The period immediately following summer is, however, the rainy season during which there are often an abundance of mosquitoes, intense heat and humidity.

Other Travel Weather Tips

The best time to visit Turks and Caicos combines the advantages of price and affordability. The period April to May is perfect for the budget traveler who does not mind somewhat mild temperatures.

Like travelling anywhere else, many factors should be considered when planning a trip to Turks and Caicos. Factors such as weather, prices, crowds, availability and events may be major deciding influences for travellers. Take the time out to consider each of these carefully before booking that ticket.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
August 13, 2021