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Turks and Caicos is a beautiful island boasting some of the most amazing beaches in the world and some of the clearest water. If you are lucky enough to be going there for an island getaway, you will be wondering what to bring. Even though I knew it was a tiny island, I was still surprised at how casual Turks and Caicos was.
Embrace the laid back attitude and wear your breezy casual summer attire. Pack an extra swimsuit because you’re sure to spend most of your days on that beautiful pound cake sand! Here are my top packing tips for what to wear in Turks and Caicos!
What to Wear in Turks and Caicos
Written by: Evanne Allen
Leave the heels at home
Like most places in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos is laidback and casual. Not only are they on “island time” but they are also on island dress, so leave those heels at home. Use the space in your bag for an extra bikini instead, and pack just your flip-flops for the beach and a pair of sandals for everywhere else.
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Turks and Caicos is an island nation, which means pretty much everything is imported. Anything you would need for a beach holiday – beach chairs, towels, hats, sunscreens – is going to be twice as expensive as you’re used to! If you check a bag, add a bottle of sunscreen and make sure to bring your beach towel. If you are going with a carry-on, remember to incorporate the cost of these essentials in your budget.
Most of Turks and Caicos, apart from the beaches, is rocky and sandy. There is almost no shade as most plants are low shrubs and grasses. The palm trees you see were even imported from Florida to give tourists a little relief. Even if you tan easily, your face and eyes will thank you for a hat. That beautiful white sand is bright and the sun is hot, so pack a fun, floppy hat for the beach or a breezy woven Panama hat to stay comfortable.
Shorts and Casual Skirts
When planning what to wear in Turks and Caicos keep in mind that everywhere you go will be casual. Even at night, most locals will be sporting their denim shorts and tank tops from earlier in the day. This is a perfect opportunity to wear your comfortable beachy threads to the bar. Pack a couple pairs of basic shorts and skirts to mix and match with different casual tops and you are ready to go.
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There are only a few restaurants that require a step up in dress, and even there you won’t need anything too fancy. Still, sometimes it is fun for a night out with girlfriends or a special date to wear something dressier than shorts. Throw in a nice summer dress and wear it with your strappy sandals in case you end up at one of the high-class dining spots.
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Let’s face it, you’re going to spend most of your time enjoying the crystal clear water on the beach or by the pool, so pack a sarong or two. Wear it as a dress to run into any beach shops or bars (although it’s casual, you do need to cover up to go inside) or wrap it around your shoulders when you’ve had enough sun. Your sarong can even double as a scarf or shawl in case it gets a little chilly at night.
What are your best packing tips on what to wear in Turks and Caicos?
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Author Bio: Evanne Allen is a traveler based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Unable to choose between bustling cities and remote villages, she bounces around in search of new cuisine and interesting people. She left her job at a museum in Washington, D.C., to see the world in person, and co-founded Poplar Travels, where she blogs about experiences with adventure, luxury and culture around the world.