You've decided to celebrate New Year's Eve in Turks and Caicos. Prepare for a truly unforgettable way to ring in the New Year! You're probably filled with anticipation but might also have some questions. Will it be too crowded? What's the weather like? Are there special events or local traditions to look forward to?
You're in the right place! We spent Christmas and New Year's Eve in Turks and Caicos in 2021, and we absolutely loved it. We'll cover everything you need to know for a memorable New Year's celebration in this tropical paradise. From the best spots to watch fireworks to local traditions that make the holiday extra special, we've got you covered.
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Is Turks And Caicos Good For New Year's Eve?
If you're wondering whether Turks and Caicos is a good destination to ring in the New Year, the answer is yes! Let's touch on a few key points that make this island paradise the perfect place to celebrate.
Firstly, the weather is simply divine. January is part of the dry season, which means you can expect clear skies and pleasant temperatures. It's the ideal backdrop for any New Year's celebration, whether you're on the beach or at a luxurious resort.
If you’ve read our Christmas in Turks and Caicos article, you’ll know there is no question as to how festive it is in Turks and Caicos over the Holiday Season. But, it's worth mentioning that the holiday spirit seamlessly transitions into the New Year, should you have any doubt. The island is adorned with lights and decorations, and there's a palpable sense of joy and anticipation in the air.
Special Events and Parties
There's no shortage of events or celebrations to attend during New Year's in Turks and Caicos. It all depends on how you personally want to ring in the New Year. Providenciales, or “Provo” as the locals call it, is the hub for most of the New Year's action. From beach parties to elegant soirées at high end resorts, there's something for everyone. Don't worry, we'll get into the specifics in the next section of this post.
Where to Celebrate New Year’s in Turks and Caicos
If you want to be at the heart of the action to ring in the New Year in Turks and Caicos, the best place to be is Grace Bay Beach. This is the epicentre of all the action to witness the sky light up with countless fireworks.
Nearly all the resorts put on their own spectacular displays and some of the larger resorts light bonfires, adding to the already electric atmosphere. It's this combination of fireworks and bonfires that makes Grace Bay Beach the best place to be as you say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one.
Where We Spent New Year’s Eve In Turks And Caicos
During our Turks and Caicos New Year's Eve celebration, we didn't purchase tickets to any events. We were somewhat anxious that we hadn’t planned anything, because we were staying at a vacation rental and weren’t privy to the benefits of those staying at a resort. But thankfully, having a good group of local friends in Providenciales, we were assured we didn’t need to spend any extra money to enjoy New Years Eve.
We parked at Royal West Indies Resort and made our way to the beach, where we found plenty of New Year celebrations already in full swing with late night picnics and party goers. We strolled along the beach and eventually set up camp near Seven Stars Resort, right on the edge of all the action.
While we didn’t have wrist bands to avail of the resort services offered for New Years Eve, we were still part of the celebrations, even though on the edge. A massive bonfire was lit on the beach and everyone passing by was coming around for a few shimmies while the DJ blasted out the New Year's Eve beats! Everyone was mingling and dancing and having an absolute ball.
The Fireworks In Turks And Caicos
And then it happened! The part we’d all been waiting for! The countdown began and everyone was vibrating with excitement. In an instant the entire sky was bursting with fireworks from one end of the beach to the other.
We were all cheering at each firework as if it were the first we’d ever seen, it was absolutely magnificent! Cheers and “oohs and aahs” went on and on for what seemed like forever. The fireworks just didn't stop and they got bigger and better with each burst!
It wasn’t until the next day that we found out, the resort that sends the last firework off into the sky has massive bragging rights for the New Year! The competition is fierce! It's safe to say, the fireworks on New Year's Eve in Turks and Caicos did no disappoint.
Popular New Year’s Eve Spots In Providenciales
From what we've gathered, there are two main spots for large New Year's Eve beach celebrations in Provo. Rickies Flamingo Cafe, located east along Grace Bay Beach. And Seven Stars Resort, located in the center of Grace Bay. Tickets are required if you wish to avail of the restaurants, bars, or drink packages.
However, it's not just these two spots that light up on New Year's in Turks and Caicos. Like we’ve said, nearly all the resorts along Grace Bay Beach put on incredible fireworks displays. The entire island, from Amanyara and Northwest Point to The Tuscany Resort and Private Villas along Leeward Beach, is lit up with fireworks.
Even though we didn’t make it further along than Seven Stars, we’d imagine that The Ritz and Wymara are also putting on spectacular in-house events. If you're spending New Year's in Turks and Caicos this year, be sure to find out and let us know!!
Family Friendly Options
If you're traveling with family, don't worry, you won't have to venture into the thick of the action to enjoy the New Year's spectacle. Grace Bay Beach offers plenty of space to watch the fireworks without being in the thick of the crowds.
There were plenty of families gathered at Seven Stars enjoying the entertainment just a little further away than we were. Still able to enjoy the excitement but at a more PG pace.
What Local Traditions Are Celebrated At New Year's In Turks And Caicos?
While Turks and Caicos offers all the modern festivities you'd expect for New Year's Eve, it also has its own unique island traditions that add a special touch to the celebrations.
Old Year’s Night In Turks and Caicos
One such tradition is Old Year's Night. As the evening progresses and late into the night, many of the island's predominantly Catholic residents attend church services. The ringing of church bells fills the air, serving as a melodious herald of good luck and good fortune for the coming year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to Wear for New Year’s in Turks and Caicos?
When it comes to attire for New Year's Eve in Turks and Caicos, it really depends on where you plan to celebrate. If you're heading to the beach, casual dress is the norm. We saw people in shorts, shirts, and sundresses during our own celebration. However, if you're attending a more formal event like a gala, you'll want to go full-on glam with formal attire.
Do I Need to Book Tickets in Advance for New Year's Events?
Many popular events, especially those at high end resorts or popular beach bars, require tickets that sell out well in advance. It's a good idea to plan ahead if you have a specific celebration in mind.
What Time Do Celebrations Typically Start and End?
New Year's Eve celebrations can vary, but most beach parties and resort events kick off in the early evening and go on until well after midnight.
Safety Tips for New Year’s Celebrations
Celebrating New Year's Eve on the beach is a magical experience, but it's important to keep safety in mind. Here are some general tips:
- Don't leave bags or valuables unattended.
- Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on children if you have them with you.
- If you're consuming alcohol, do so responsibly and designate a sober driver if you're not staying within walking distance.
A Perfect Way To End The Year
New Year's Eve in Turks and Caicos is truly an experience like no other. From the breathtaking fireworks displays lighting up the sky over Grace Bay Beach to the unique local traditions like Old Year's Night, you're in for a magnificent time. Whether you're looking for a lively beach party, a romantic dinner, or a family friendly celebration, Turks and Caicos offers something for everyone.
We've hope we've covered everything that will help make your New Year's Eve in Turks and Caicos unforgettable.
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