Want to know what to pack for your trip to the TCI? The great news is that the Turks and Caicos Islands are a pleasant travel destination no matter what time of year you choose to visit. However, March is a great choice for the average visitor, as it’s still part of the dry season and rainfall should be a minimum. On the plus side for our North American and Canadian visitors, too, it’s the perfect destination to escape the gloomy clutches of your own weather this time of year! That does mean the islands are a little busier than average at this time, however. Don’t let that frighten you- the TCI is still one of few places in the Caribbean where you stand a reasonable chance of having a beach to yourself!
TCI Weather patterns for March
Of course, as the TCI are islands, there’s nothing like fully predictable weather. The exposed nature of an island leaves it somewhat at Mother Nature’s mercy- but she’s generally pretty kind to the Turks and Caicos. Daytime temperatures usually hover around 82°F [27-28°C] pretty consistently, rarely falling below 74°F [23°C].
There’s unlikely to be any rain, or hurricane threat, at this time of year. This is still the dry season.
The Turks and Caicos tourist in March
As we mentioned above, this is part of the peak travel season for the TCI, so expect to find more visitors here than average. It’s possible you may encounter in-season pricing, but that can be offset against the fact that all tour operators are facing heavy competition- thus a great incentive to do their best.
The only pest-bugs to consider too much in the TCI are the mozzies, and they only tend to rear their heads when it is rainy season, so you’re in the clear for now. As the March trade winds will be in full swing, you’ll find that most flying insects avoid the area- and you- as they can’t fly properly.
Don’t let the fact it’s ‘winter’ here stop you from bringing your sunblock! UVA and UVB exposure is pretty consistent throughout the year, and we strongly advise using a reef-safe, high factor sunscreen during your travels here no matter what time of year you intend to arrive.
TCI activities perfect for March weather
While the Turks and Caicos are perfect for fun in the sun year-round, March is a particularly nice month for the water babies among you. Ocean temperature rarely lags behind ambient temperature by more than a degree or two, so the crystal clear waters will be warm and inviting. Think of your bathtub at the perfect refreshing temperature, and you’re in the right ballpark. If only winter was as clement everywhere in the world!
As always, snorkelling and diving can be done here year-round, as well as kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and any charter boat exploration you want to undertake. It’s a great time to add kiteboarding to your skill list too, as the winter winds tend to be more predictable [and need less of an experienced hand] than those in summer.
March represents the very last tail end of the whale watching season, and you’ll likely only spot these magnificent beasts at play in the very early part of the month [February is a better choice for definite whale sightings]. As the stragglers will be in a hurry to reach their final destination, you will be better off heading out on a whale-watching expedition rather than hoping to spot them from the beach. Dive and snorkel enthusiasts, do remember that we will, if a suitable opportunity presents itself, attempt to interact with these giants of the water- so the experience of a lifetime could be waiting for you.
Kayaking and paddleboarding
It’s always perfect weather for kayaking in the TCI, and March is no exception. This unique way to explore the islands allows you to get up-close-and-personal with her varied marine animals and birdlife, nosing among the mangrove channels that give this area her characteristic flat, calm water and protect the diversity of animals in the area. If you’re interested in eco-friendly, non-intrusive travel, then this is the sport for you.
Big Blue Collective offer unparalleled stand up paddle boarding instruction, and now is a great time of year to try your hand at this simple and accessible water sport. The water in our home bay is typically very calm at this time of year, with the natural reefs that surround Provo providing the perfect windbreak even if the weather acts up a little on the sea. If you’re looking for a little active relaxation, there couldn’t be a better sport for you. We offer a full range of paddleboarding eco-tours for you to indulge in if you’re a little more confident, too- meet the bird life of the island, skim over the flat clear water as tropical fish flash below you, and so much more.
The Turks and Caicos are a very popular destination at this time of year, as they make the perfect spot to soak in some rays and boost your mood before the Northern winter sets in at home. Add to that the last lure of whale watching and you’ll understand why this is one of the busiest times of year for local service providers. Whether you’re checking into a hotel, resort or renting your own private villa, be sure to get your bookings handled early so you aren’t disappointed. Book flights early, too, as the local airports don’t handle particularly high volumes of international flights weekly- you want to make sure you’re on the right flight, after all! You may find that in-season peak booking charges do apply at this time of year, so a little early booking might also be the best way to get a little discount on the cost, too. Fortunately, pressure and popularity is slightly relieved after the spate of US public and school holidays in February, so it will likely be a little easier to book and find rooms.
Adventure is always just a click away with Big Blue Collective, so now you know what the TCI weather in March is like, isn’t it time to get planning your next great eco-adventure with us?