Many people would argue that the best time to visit the Turks and Caicos is in a small sweet spot in the year from April to May where there are few people but a lot of great weather. However, because the Caribbean islands are at such a prime latitude, temperature is generally around 85 degrees fahrenheit (30 degrees celsius) throughout the year.
Prices from December to March skyrocket as that’s peak travel time for many people. However, Turks and Caicos in the fall is often overlooked and the costs of traveling to the Turks and Caicos during this season can be a steal. The main key to traveling to the Turks and Caicos in the fall is to book now during August and September for off-peak prices.
Book Tickets in August/September for Fall
Airfare and hotel costs tend to dip as summer ends. Fall bargain travel season can kick off as early as mid-August as school starts up again. When travel companies see families with young children or university students going back to school, they know the demand for travel severely drops.
At this time, traveling costs plummet. In the United States, there’s a little bit of uplift in travel costs around Labor Day weekend, but prices will continue to slide after that and for the rest of September.
Some analysts notes that airfare prices can drop as much as a 30% or more compared to summer airfare and hotels often drop their fares by up to 40%. Just be sure to plan all travel before the third week of November, which is when the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving will bring the prices back up.
Which Airline Flies to Turks and Caicos
If you decide to book direct with an airline instead of going through travel sites like Travelocity, Orbitz, or Kayak, you might have the opportunity to save even more money. Here are some of the airlines that fly to Providenciales:
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Caicos Express Airways
- InterCaribbean Airways
Major cities with direct flights to Providenciales airport include:
- Atlanta (U.S.)
- Boston (U.S.)
- Charlotte (U.S.)
- Dallas (U.S.)
- Fort Lauderdale (U.S.)
- London (U.K.)
- Miami (U.S.)
- New York (U.S.)
- Montreal (CAN)
- Toronto (CAN)
Turks and Caicos Fall Weather
As mentioned earlier, Turks and Caicos temperature stays fairly constant. However, autumn falls within the Caribbean’s wet season (with November being the wettest month of the year) and is within the official hurricane season of June 1 to November 30.
However, the Turks and Caicos, especially Providenciales where all the resorts are, have a pretty decent hurricane track record—meaning hurricanes don’t make landfall very often. The most recent hurricane hit was Hurricane Ike in 2008. The one before Hurricane Ike was Hurricane Donna in 1960. Before Hurricane Donna was a storm in 1926.
According to the National Climatic Data Center, the Turks and Caicos receives this many inches of rain during the fall months:
- September: 2.6 inches (6.6 cm)
- October: 3 inches (7.6 cm)
- November: 3.7 inches (9.4 cm)
That’s… pretty good. You’re still going to get treated to a lot of sun. One caveat is that increased rainfall in the Caribbean does generally mean more mosquitoes and no see ums (gnats, midges, sand flies). Bring plenty of bug repellant.
Things to Do During the Fall
Since 2003, the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board have organized and hosted an annual series of concerts called the Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival to boost tourism during off-peak travel times. The festival lasts about a week and previous notable performers include, Lionel Richie, LL Cool J, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Michael Bolton, Ludacris, Chaka Khan, and Boyz II Men. More than 10,000 people attend annually.
Other Notable Events
- National Youth Day
- TCI Amateur Open: 3-day, 36-hole championship for both men and women.
- Columbus Day: Some historians believe that the explorer first came ashore at Grand Turk.
- Museum Day (Grand Turk Island)
- Turks & Caicos Restaurant Week
- Turks & Caicos Conch Festival: This has become the Turks and Caicos’ premier event. Now in its sixth year, the Conch Festival is a music and food celebration that centers around the conch. Local restaurants vie to win top honors for best conch dishes, including conch chowder, conch curry, and conch salad.
As you can see from the above list, you already have loads of events you can check out and can expect reasonably cooperative weather. But you’re in the Caribbean! You can continue to take advantage of off-peak travel and enjoy the islands with special Turks and Caicos excursions.
There’s no shortage of what you can do. You can kayak, kiteboard, stand up paddleboard, snorkel, and SCUBA dive, or any combination of those activities.
Because there are few crowds, you can expect to have an amazing experience and can even charter a boat to take you to practically private beaches and great diving sites.
Just because it’s the fall season, it doesn’t mean you have to stay home. The Turks and Caicos gives you a whole new world to explore!