The Turks and Caicos benefit from the cooling effects of trade winds from the Southeast Equatorial Current. The islands boast a subtropical climate, similar to that of the Bahamas, though slightly warmer and drier. The dry season generally runs from November to May with scattered showers from June to October. During the cooler months from December through March, the average daily high temperature is approximately 26°C (80°F) which coincides with the peak season. The hotter months are June through October, when the daily average high is 32°C (90°F).
English is the official language and is spoken by most people.
The Turks and Caicos is unique in that it is a British Overseas Territory with the US dollar as the official currency.
For stays up to 30 days, no visas are required for citizens of the USA, Canada, UK and EU countries. Most other nationalities require a visa. All nationalities, including US and UK citizens, will need to show a passport valid for at least six months. Proof of onward transportation is also required upon entry.
The Turks and Caicos is free of malaria, yellow fever and other irksome tropical diseases and in general, hygiene conditions are very good. No vaccinations are required. The sun can be very strong, and a suitable sunscreen is recommended. A mosquito repellent may be needed in the evenings from time to time. There are two private medical centres and a full-service hospital managed by InterHealth Canada on the island.
Quad-band (850hz) mobile phones are the most compatible in Turks and Caicos Islands, although most mobile phones will work.
Electrical current is 110 volts AC, 60 cycles, suitable for all US appliances. The Turks and Caicos is on Eastern Standard Time (EST), five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and observes Daylight Saving Time from March to October. During the winter months (December to March) a light sweater may be required in the evenings.