You've decided to book a trip to Turks and Caicos and that's exciting in itself. But when is the best time to visit Turks and Caicos? From weather and costs, we can give you an idea on what to expect throughout the year to ensure you make the best decisions for your travels.
If you’re anything like us, you might think the best time to visit Turks and Caicos is ANYTIME. Though this may be true, you're best to have as much information as possible when planning your perfect trip to Turks and Caicos.
We realize there’s a lot at stake when planning your next vacation. Can you get your preferred dates off work? Is there a less expensive time of year to travel? Will it be crowded? And while these are all valid and real questions, sometimes you won’t have a choice as to when you can actually book that flight and head to paradise.
Our guide will help you decide when the best time to visit Turks and Caicos is. And, if your travel window falls during the so called “worst time” to travel to Turks and Caicos, we can at least give you idea of what to expect during that time.
So with that said, let’s jump in and give you a quick glimpse of what to expect from Turks and Caicos throughout the year. From your wallet to the weather, we’ll help you prepare for your next trip.
Weather In Turks And Caicos
Let’s be completely honest here shall we? There really isn’t a bad time to visit Turks and Caicos based on weather alone. Turks and Caicos weather is spectacular year round, even in the cooler months of December and January. Mind you, we are a couple of Canadians whose summer months barely reach the winter temps in TCI!
If you're short on time, you can reference this quick overview of weather in TCI.
The average temperatures on the Island of Providenciales range between 74° to 84°F (23°- 29°C) from November to May, with December typically being the “coldest” month averaging around the 74°F. And, from June to October, 85° and 90°F (29°- 32°C). From our experience, we have felt the temperature reach the mid 90's (35°C), especially in the late summer months.
The water temperatures in Turks and Caicos are glorious year round. In the summer, 82° to 86°F (28°- 30°C) and in winter about 74° to 78°F (23°- 26°C). If you think those winter water temperatures are inviting you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven in the summer!
Before you travel, always check the daily weather forecast to better prepare for your specific travel dates.
Average Monthly Temperatures In Turks And Caicos
When Is High Season And Low Season In Turks And Caicos?
Just like any other destination, whether it be the Caribbean or abroad, there is always a high season and a low season. It's worth mentioning that the best time to go to Turks and Caicos largely depends on what you're looking for. How high and low season will effect your travel depends on you as an individual and what your travel needs are.
High Season In Turks And Caicos
High season in Turks and Caicos typically runs from December through to the end of April. High season is known to be the busier and a more expensive season for travel.
Low Season In Turks And Caicos
Low season for travel means fewer visitors and at times, a lot less expensive. Low season in Turks and Caicos runs from the end of June/July through October. This leaves the month of May in limbo with some establishments still operating under high season operations and others on low season.
Spring Break In Turks and Caicos
Spring Break or Easter Break falls right at the end of high season in Turks and Caicos, typically in April. This period tends to attract a younger crowd, especially college students looking to escape the winter chill or families looking for a post winter break.
Fortunately, Turks and Caicos is generally less crowded than other popular Spring Break destinations so you'll still be able to enjoy a relaxing holiday should this be the only time you can travel.
How Does This Affect Your Travel Plans?
If you’re traveling during the months of December – April (high season), you will notice significantly higher rates in flights, accommodations and car rentals. You can expect to see prices skyrocket to as much as 25% – 50% higher than during lower season months. If your budget is not an issue, then this isn’t a problem, however, if you’re like us, this will be a huge factor in choosing the best time to visit Turks and Caicos.
Traveling during low season is always the better choice for those looking for flight and hotel deals. While Turks and Caicos is expensive in general, you will typically see lower rates during these months.
Christmas bookings always fill up fast regardless of price. Be prepared to book well in advance if this is when you wish to travel.
You will NEVER see crowds in Turks and Caicos like you would in places like Aruba or Cancun. It’s just not that type of place. However, during the high season, you will notice a lot more tourists than you would if traveling in August or September. Don't worry though, you will always be able to find open stretches of white sandy beach to enjoy some peace and tranquility while enjoying that incredible turquoise water.
You will never have to dodge beach bed traffic in high OR low season in Turks and Caicos. There is enough beach in this paradise for everyone to lounge and play without getting in anyone's way. Grace Bay Beach is so vast, you’ll be blown away with how much beach space you’ll have compared to other tropical destinations.
Plan Ahead During High Season In Turks And Caicos
One thing we would advise if you are traveling during high season is to plan ahead and book your desired restaurant reservations. Even though The Island isn't generally crowded, more travelers equals less walk in availability, especially at some of the more popular restaurants. Pick out your must visit spots beforehand and call or email to make a reservation before you arrive on The Island.
Another is excursions. Especially those fabulous Sunset Cruises. Everyone wants that Christmas Eve sunset Cruise or the most epic New Years celebration out on the water. Again, be sure to book your epic Turks and Caicos excursions months in advance to avoid disappointment.
Unfortunately, Caribbean Islands and the Tropical Atlantic are susceptible to the dreaded Hurricane Season. Hurricane season in Turks and Caicos technically spans from June to November, with heightened potential August – October. Though Turks and Caicos has been luckier than a lot of other islands in the path of major hurricanes, The Island was hit hard by Hurricane Irma in 2017. The Island has since been restored and back to all its tropical glory! The resilience of the locals to rebuild and come back even stronger than before never fails to amaze us.
Can You Still Travel During This Time?
Yes absolutely! As you’ll see below, we’ve traveled in the months of July and August. That’s usually our preferred travel period because of lower flight and accommodation rates. While we have yet to have our trip interrupted by any weather warnings, we are fully aware we can't control Mother Nature. We always purchase travel insurance which includes weather coverage in the event we do need to evacuate before a storm.
But like we’ve just said, from our experience, we’ve never had any issues to date. We’ve had nothing but sunny skies with a few rain showers and ridiculously warm water temperatures during those months.
Plan For The Possibility Of Hurricane
If you were looking at booking September or October we'd suggest you check your accommodations refund or rebooking policy. Just in case you did have to evacuate or cancel your booking, you’d want to make sure you were covered on the accommodations front, whether by refund or the option to rebook.
Mosquitos And Other Pests In Turks And Caicos
Ah, the dreaded mosquitoes. While they're not a deal breaker as to when you should travel, it's good to be prepared. We've found that mosquitoes can be somewhat annoying during the evenings, especially in the winter months from November to January, though we've never had an issue with it being super buggy.
Just take the same precautions ass you would at home. Pack some mosquito spray and you'll be just fine. Unless you are one who typically gets eaten alive by mosquitoes, then we'd suggest a long sleeve shirt or rash guard to wear in the evenings. Trust us though the breathtaking sunsets are worth a couple of bug bites!
Weather in Turks And Caicos During Our Travels
December and January
We were fortunate to visit Turks and Caicos in December and January of 2021/2022 for Christmas and New Years. We enjoyed incredible weather during that time. Hot temps in the day and cooling off quite nicely in the evenings.
This was the first time we’ve ever had to use mosquito spray in the evening. They weren’t horrific but somewhat annoying all the same. They were really no worse than we have them here in Canada. Like we said before, pack the spray and you’ll be just fine.
While most days at Grace Bay Beach, the water was as calm as it is in the summer months, we did see some choppy days with waves really crashing the shoreline. The big waves added to the festivities and fun as we’d never seen them like this on previous visits.
We love visiting in April. And many tout April (and May) to be the best month to visit Turks and Caicos. Turks and Caicos in April is almost as hot as the summer months but the humidity is much less. Water temps aren’t quite like the summer months but still a little warmer than they are at Christmas. Keep in mind, when we talk about the cool water temps aren’t really cool at all, they’re still warm and fabulous.
July and August
Our favorite time of year to visit! Turks and Caicos in July and August is for heat and sun seekers! It’s hot and it’s humid but the ocean breezes keep us cool (along with a rum punch or two!) The water temps are absolutely insane!
The days are much longer and you can enjoy the beach for those few extra hours watching the sunset or out for dinner at your favorite beachside restaurant.
September And October
As you read above, September and October are the heart of hurricane season in Turks and Caicos. The weather is still hot and humid and the water is still incredibly warm. Do expect to see a little more rainfall than you would during other times of the year, but that's to be expected.
Another thing to note if planning to visit Turks and Caicos in September and/or October. This is typically the time of year when a lot of establishments close for renovations and give staff their hard earned holidays. The locals refer to this time of year as “Silly Season.” Though you will still find many restaurants to choose from, you may want to do some research to find out if any of your favorite spots will be closed while you’re there.
This also goes for some of the excursion companies. This is their time for maintenance and holidays also, so best be sure to double check that anything on your “must do” excursion list is operational. Don’t end up disappointed on your trip, be prepared by planning ahead.
A great month to visit! When visiting Turks and Caicos in November, The temperature is still hot and humid left over from hurricane season but the evenings have started to cool off to give you a little break. Days begin to get shorter but that won’t stop you from enjoying a full day of fun in the sun.
We thought November would bring lots of mosquitos, but we didn't have any out of the ordinary mosquito bites in November.
Crowds during November weren't too busy either, even though we were traveling during American Thanksgiving (my birthday week!).
All excursions and restaurants were back up and running after their seasonal breaks.
Frequently Asked Questions: Best Time To Visit Turks And Caicos
What is the best time to visit Turks and Caicos for good weather?
The best time to visit Turks and Caicos for good weather is generally from December to April, during the high season. However, if you prefer hotter, more humid temperatures, then we'd suggest June to August.
How does the high and low season affect travel costs?
Travel costs are typically higher during the high season and more budget friendly during the low season. Turks and Caicos is an expensive destination so even though low season is more budget friendly, it will be more expensive that other popular Caribbean destinations.
When is the worst time to visit Turks and Caicos?
In theory hurricane season would be the worst time to visit Turks and Caicos. Learn of what to expect during hurricane season in Turks and Caicos to help you decide if this might actually be the best time for you to travel.
Can I still travel to Turks and Caicos during hurricane season?
Yes, but it's crucial to take safety precautions and consider travel insurance.
When is rainy season in Turks and Caicos?
The rainy season typically occurs from September to November. You can expect to see more scheduled rainy days during these months.
A Final Quick Overview
We still stand by our opinion that anytime is a great time to visit Turks and Caicos. But let’s do a quick summary of the information above.
December – April (High Season)
Most expensive, low humidity, more people, whale watching, earlier sunsets.
May – June
Prices start to get lower, less crowded than during Spring Break, days start to get a little longer so you can enjoy more beach time before sunset. Temperatures are fantastic. May and June are a close second to April for being the best time of year to visit Turks and Caicos.
July – August (Low Season)
Lower prices, fewer crowds than Spring Break but a few extra families now that school is out. Weather is hot and most likely humid (but the cool ocean breeze makes you forget all that). Sunset is usually between 6:30pm – 7:30pm which means you can enjoy a Sundowner at Rickies.
September – October (Low Season)
Usually lower prices during this time which might also mean a few extra accommodation deals. This is Turks and Caicos hurricane season so book insurance. It’s hot and humid. Some restaurants and excursions will be closed for downtime. Sunsets are still gorgeous with a rum punch at Rickies. Are you getting the idea of how we spend our evenings? LOL!
You can still manage to find some decent prices before American Thanksgiving. The weather is beautiful with less humidity. The days begin to get noticeably shorter in November.
The information we’ve provided above has been our experience. We encourage you to research as much as possible to make your trip the best one yet. We hope this article has given you some insight into choosing when it’s best for you to travel to Turks and Caicos.
The best time to travel to Turks and Caicos is entirely up to you and your travel needs. However, we hope we've given you enough information to see for yourself, that anytime is a great time to visit.
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