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Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Travel: Turks and Caicos

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Every year, thousands of newly engaged couples consider a destination wedding. Not surprisingly, the Caribbean is always a popular pick, especially when you factor in flight times from much of the East Coast of the U.S.

But which island is right for you?

Lots of folks choose the Bahamas or Jamaica, But our destination wedding expert Kimberly Richmond reports on the some of the unexpected finds on the islands of the Turks & Caicos.

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, some 500 miles southeast of Miami, the Turks and Caicos consist of several islands and cays where some very nice hotels have opened in recent years, but the good news is that these islands aren’t yet overrun with tourists.

The other good news is that the islands are just a 90-minute flight from Miami and 3.5 hours from New York, and in a world of shrinking airline capacity and fewer flights, the Turks & Caicos are still accessible by most of the major airlines, including United, American Airlines, and JetBlue.

From the main hub of Providenciales (Provo to the locals), you should also look into North and Middle Caicos with its tranquil islands and Grand Turk, the capital, which offers a mix of adventure, privacy, and plenty of opportunity for some R&R.

Of the 40 islands and cays–only eight of which are inhabited–getting around the main ones is easily accessible by plane or ferry.

From Parrot Cay Island Resort in the higher price range – up to $2,000 a night — to smaller, independently owned boutique hotels on the lower end, the Turks and Caicos has something for just about everyone. Renting a villa with other couples is also a great way to save money and bring down the cost. And don’t forget one of the rules of resort travel: How much time do you really spend in your room?

Check out the video below for Kimberly Richmond’s tips on how to plan your destination wedding or honeymoon, with some of the best places to stay and the best times to go.

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