In high season from December through April, Turks and Caicos isn’t on the same paparazzi radar as St. Bart’s and other uber-glam islands–ditto that for spring breakers–so vacationers can enjoy a quiet refuge with easy seclusion. And despite the increased costs and crowds, divers know that the best time to visit the islands is during high season, since it’s the only time of year when humpback whales make their home approximately 25 miles offshore. The music of whales provides a magical soundtrack for divers exploring the nearby coral reefs and marine wildlife.
Fall’s shoulder season brings a variety of food-oriented activities, including the annual Conch Festival—that’s pronounced “konk,” by the way—and Turks and Caicos Restaurant Week, where chefs strut their stuff.
Off-season, from May through September, features an island-wide Caribbean twist on Cinco de Mayo, a kite festival, and Crabfest in June in the Middle Caicos. The hurricane season stretches from June through November, when rates are cheaper and the weather remains unpredictable.
While nobody heads to the Turks and Caicos for the nightlife, no matter when you visit, the small Casablanca Casino, with 12 game tables and 85 slot machines, is worth a look. Vegas it ain’t, but it’s still a good time.