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When to Go

Peak season in the Turks and Caicos runs from December 15 to April 15—just as in the Caribbean—when prices average 20% to 50% higher than in the summer months. This is also when the beaches are the most crowded. January through March can bring on "Christmas Winds" and the resulting swells, even on Grace Bay. Both water and air temperatures in the Turks and Caicos are cooler than those in the Caribbean, especially in the months before March.

Climate

Temperatures in the Turks and Caicos islands range from 75ºF to 85ºF year-round, except during the hottest months of August and September. The islands are among the driest in the Caribbean and southern Atlantic region, with an average of 350 days of sunshine, light trade winds, and less humidity than in surrounding islands. Water temperatures range from the high 70s in the winter to the low 80s in the summer; generally, the water here is cooler than in the Caribbean until March. Hurricane season runs from June through November. Hurricanes are rare; two hurricanes in September 2008 were the first storms to strike the islands directly in 50 years.

Festivals and Events

Every month has an annual event, check enews.tc for actual dates. During festivities extra transportation is provided when needed (at a cost).

January: The Junkanoo New Year's Eve street party with live bands, parades, and fireworks happens in Grace Bay. The Winter Wahoo Fishing Tournament is held at Turtle Cove.

February: An annual Valentine's Cup sailing race is held at Bamberra Beach on Middle Caicos (middlecaicos.biz/sailingassociation.htm). The annual Karoake Idol finals are held on Provo (caribbeanidol.tv).

March: The Paddy's Pub Crawl is always held on St. Patrick's Day. The Fishing Fools Wahoo open tournament is held in late March. Both of these events are on Provo.

April: The Easter Monday Kite Flying Competition is held on South Caicos on the day after Easter. The ever popular TCI Top Model contest is held on Provo (tcitopmodel.com 649/344–2502).

May: The South Caicos Regatta is held on South Caicos during the last weekend in May (bigsouthregatta.tc).

June: Islandcom Wireless sponsors an annual Battle of the Bands in Provo's Turtle Cove Marina every June (www.islandcom.tc). The annual Middle Caicos Crab Fest is held in Middle Caicos at the end of June (649/344–9235).

July: The annual Windvibes Kiteboarding Tournament is held in July on Provo (enews.tc).

August: The annual Provo Days Festival (end of July to the beginning of August) features music battle of the bands, beauty contests and vendor booths, Provo.

September: Youth Day Celebrations, all islands.

October: The annual Rake n' Scrape festival on North Caicos happens at the end of October, with live bands all day, domino competitions with cash prizes, and face painting and a bouncing castle for kids.

November: Many restaurants participate in Provo's annual Gourmet Safari in November. The annual Turks and Caicos Conch Festival is held on the last Saturday of November, offering live bands, a conch recipe competition, and activities for the kids. It's a Provo event that is not to be missed if you are on the island (www.conchfestival.com 649/241–9950).

December: The Maskanoo Street party and parade is held on Boxing Day (December 26), offering live bands, vendors, food stalls, party favors, and a parade on Grace Bay Road in the middle of the hub in Provo. This is a must-see post-Christmas celebration.

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