Are you considering visiting the Turks and Caicos in the low season? We at the Big Blue Collective often say there’s no best time to travel to the Turks and Caicos because it’s simply gorgeous all year round. An off-season adventure can be the perfect way to explore the islands as a budget traveller. Worried that you won’t enjoy the experience as much as during the more populated seasons? Let’s take a look at what’s available for you to do.
What is the ‘on-’ and ‘off-season’, anyway?
It’s common for all popular destinations to have peak and off-peak seasons for visitors. This often has to do with weather conditions for activities and exploring the area. The Turks and Caicos are a little different, however. The weather is generally spectacular almost all year round. In fact, the ‘peak’ season in the Turks and Caicos is actually the winter! This is because summer can get a little too hot out of the water. Temperatures in the water don’t vary by much year-round, but the hotter land temperature of summer can be a little overwhelming if you’re looking for cycling or hiking activities.
Summer is also the rainy season in the Turks and Caicos. While isolated rain showers can bring a welcome way to cool off, it’s also the time of year when hurricane activity can be found throughout the Caribbean. While hurricane activity directly in the Turks and Caicos is fairly rare, it can cause interruptions to flights through the zone.
Don’t let this put you off. There’s plenty to recommend the islands at this time of year. Not only is the water sports superlative, but the lower volume of crowds and incentivised prices can help you shape the experience of a lifetime at an even lower cost.
What is there to do in the Turks and Caicos low season?
Perhaps the biggest drawcard for low season travel in the Turks and Caicos is the absence of the crowds. Admittedly, peak season in the TCI is nowhere near as packed as prime season in other areas of the Caribbean, but you’ll still notice a decided uptick in the number of people around. So if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, off-season travel will be perfect for you.
Of course, these lower crowd volumes do mean that some activity providers do not operate through the off-season. As we’re fully native to the island and are not ‘transient’ residents during the peak season only, we do operate all year around, however. So if you were concerned about your Big Blue Collective experience, don’t worry at all! It’s always worth considering this possibility when planning your trip, however. That said, there’s still plenty to keep you occupied.
With the hot weather comes flatter seas, and the water is just perfect at this time of year. You will still be able to enjoy a wealth of wind/water sports such as kiteboarding and windsurfing in the opening and closing months of the off-season in the Turks and Caicos. June and July, particularly, offer fantastic weather to enjoy your favourite watersports. As you get further into the summer season, the water can be a little too flat for wind sports, but Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking and other water sports will still be great. With the heat turned up, you’ll love having all the time in the world to play in the cooling water.
It’s also a great season to head out on the water, too. Whether you opt for a private yacht rental or head out on one of our snorkelling or diving tours, a whole ocean of wondrous sights await you. With the world’s third-largest coral reef barely a mile offshore, an underwater paradise lies waiting to be discovered.
Friendly faces everywhere
If you love to soak up the ambience of your travel destination, then the Turks and Caicos off-season could be perfect for you. During peak season, the volume of tourists tends to out-weigh the locals. During the off-season, you’ll have an unprecedented chance to meet the people who call the island home and get to know their fascinating stories. The atmosphere is more relaxed, and packed with local colour. If you were considering one of our eco-tours, this could be the perfect time of year for you to embrace the beauty and solitude of the back islands. It’s also a great time to enjoy fresh seafood and local cuisine. It’s crab and lobster season on the island, and it’s also festival season. Take the time to explore the island, indulge your taste buds, and sample the local colour. You won’t regret it!
Relax and rejuvenate your soul
This is the season to skip the crowds! If you’re looking for the perfect excuse to head to the beach and kick back, the Turks and Caicos low season is it. It’s a little hot for exhaustive on-land exploration, although some early morning hiking or cycling tours are possible. Mostly, however, you’re going to want to spend your time on, near and in the water, lapping up the extra warmth the summer brings the islands.
It’s no hardship. With some of the very best beaches in the world, and the sea softly lapping at the power-soft sand, you’re going to want to enjoy every second of the experience. Grab a cocktail or two to celebrate while you’re there!
Although the summer months coincide with the Caribbean’s hurricane season, there’s typically very little hurricane activity in the TCI itself. It’s more common to simply experience higher rainfall, and the occasional shower can be very refreshing during the hotter summer months. If you’re looking to do something exciting with your summer vacation this year, then there’s plenty to do with the Big Blue Collective in the Turks and Caicos off-season, so get your tickets booked today!