Travel Beaverton and Beyond: Turks & Caicos archipelago. Tropical Paradise

By Joyce Bates

Grand Turk Island is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s dotted with the remains of salt ponds and windmills from the island’s sea salt industry, prevalent from the 17th to 20th century. The 19th-century Grand Turk Lighthouse is perched on a rocky bluff in the north. Beaches with clear water ring the island, which is home to wild horses and donkeys.

Locals claim the islands were the first landing place of Columbus, and they have been attracting visitors ever since. Just eight of the 40 islands and cays (pronounced keys), are inhabited, which means there are so many undiscovered nooks to explore.

Each of the islands in the chain have completely individual and unique styles, but they all boast unbelievably beautiful beaches, gorgeous waters, and pristine underwater reefs. Most of the island are only 10 minutes apart by plane and are also accessible by boat or ferry.

Approximate flight time from LAX: 6.5 hours. Some flight connections are longer.

A US passport valid for a minimum period of 6 months from last date of travel and a roundtrip plane ticket are required for entry. A VISA is not required.

The Turks & Caicos have a tropical climate moderated by easterly trade winds. The average annual temperature is 75°-77° in winter, 82°-86° in summer.

Kayaking, Catamaran cruise, and snorkeling are a few of the options to enjoy the warm Caribbean Vacation.

Sun Connections Travel & Cruises is located in Beaverton and has become the ‘go to’ travel agency for all occasions. www.sunconnections.com. For more information or to book your next trip, call 503-655-4850 or email Joyce@sunconnections.com. **Travel Layaway plans available!