Dreaming of a destination wedding? Turks and Caicos could be your dream come true. This island paradise has become a popular wedding locale—and for good reason. From the world-class beaches and turquoise waters to the luxury resorts and delicious restaurants, it’s a wow-worthy destination (to say the least). Here, six reasons you should seriously consider tying the knot in the Turks and Caicos.
Grace Bay is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Miles of crystal-clear water and powder-soft sand make this the fastest growing tourist destination in the Caribbean—not to mention the perfect setting for your special day. Most beachfront hotels (which is most of them) offer guests complimentary access to kayaks and paddleboards, while parasailing and jetskiing can be booked for an additional fee.
There are a number of high style hotels and all-inclusive resorts on the island, which not only serve as a wonderful place for you and your guests to stay, but also as the perfect backdrop to enter matrimonial bliss. And because Turks and Caicos is such a popular place to say “I do”, most hotels offer wedding packages and on-site planners to facilitate everything from the food to the decor—and, of course, make sure that your special day goes off without a hitch.
One of the most sought after venues on the island is Grace Bay Club. This spectacular beachfront property offers couples the option of a daytime or sunset ceremony. And the lure of the immaculately decorated guest rooms, perfectly manicured grounds and Infiniti Bar (the longest in the Caribbean) is undeniable.
Want an ultra-private affair? The Gansevoort Turks and Caicos accommodates weddings on a buy-out basis (yes, that means you have to book the whole hotel). This modern boutique hotel boasts 91 ocean-view guest rooms, Exhale spa, Stelle restaurant, and a stunning pool that you’ve likely seen all over Instagram. Other popular—and picturesque—wedding venues on famed Grace Bay include West Bay Club and Seven Stars.
There are plenty of reasonably priced, direct flights from most major U.S. cities to Providenciales (the most popular island and home to Grace Bay)—and it’s particularly convenient if you’re coming from the East Coast. You can get to Turks and Caicos from New York City in just under four hours on JetBlue, Delta, and United. Traveling from Miami? In less than two hours, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Caribbean.
Turks and Caicos is known for its sunny skies and consistent temperatures (70s and 80s year-round). That said, there are a few things to consider: the peak tourist season is December through March, which means the best weather, but more visitors and higher prices. Budget-conscious couples may opt to plan their nuptials in April or May after the crowds have departed—you’ll find great weather and even better deals.
June through November is considered the rainy season, which means increased precipitation and a slight, albeit unlikely, chance of hurricanes. Like other tropical climates, when it rains, it’s typically just for a few hours in the midafternoon. With that said, if you don’t want to stress over the potential of a midday shower, skip these months—or at least make an indoor backup plan.
For your welcome dinner, why not treat your guests to haute cuisine at one of the island’s top restaurants? Stelle at the Gansevoort serves up Asian-fusion fare (think: black cod with pickled vegetables and banana wrapped grouper with baby bok choy), while Infiniti at the Grace Bay Club focuses on seasonal ingredients and modern presentation. Standouts include mahi-mahi carpaccio with cachaça dressing and Caribbean red snapper with quinoa and corn risotto. For more local flair, head over to Coco Bistro for pepper-crusted local tuna and West Indian-style shrimp curry.