What to Pack For Turks and Caicos, Including Cutout Swimsuits and Sequin Dresses
With its idyllic white-sand beaches and crystal-blue waters, Turks and Caicos attracts tourists from across the globe — including many celebrities. The luminaries who frequent the island? Everyone from Drake to the Kardashian-Jenners to Heidi Klum. Even Prince once owned a mansion on Turks and Caicos replete with a purple driveway.
One visit to the luxury travel destination, and it's clear why it's so popular among Hollywood A-listers. Comprised of 40 islands, it offers a unique opportunity for secluded private-beach experiences where you can indulge in a day of sun and sand at your leisure. It's home to one of the world's largest barrier reefs, attracting adventure seekers who spend their days scuba diving and snorkeling. And, of course, tourists and locals alike visit the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach, known for its powder-soft white sand, clear waters, and strikingly colorful sunsets.
But Turks and Caicos is not just about relaxing on the beach: there's also an emerging party scene, with daytime soirees hosted on boats in the middle of the sea as well as an array of lounges and nightclubs. With unlimited options to build your itinerary, you might be wondering what to wear to Turks and Caicos. Fortunately, packing for the island is easier to navigate than you think.
First, start with transportation. I flew to the island on JetBlue, booking my flight with the beta version of Booking.com's AI Trip Planner, a super-easy process that takes the guesswork out of making travel arrangements and building an itinerary. That flight required an effortless, functional outfit with soft, comfortable fabric: a Skims lounge dress. Once I arrived to the lavish The Shore Club resort, I switched into something breezy yet elegant, pairing a LemLem bikini with Fe Noel's gorgeous ombré wide-leg pants. For a day of lounging on the boat and snorkeling with Caicos Dream Tours, which I found on Tripadvisor, I wore a fun cutout swimsuit from Amazon and a wide-brimmed sun hat. And finally, I chose a fun sequin dress from ASOS for Vita Restaurant at Rockhouse Resort, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
If you're planning a trip, you want to balance your packing list with a mix of beachside loungewear, functional swimsuits, party dresses, and more. Keep scrolling for what to wear to Turks and Caicos.
How to Travel to Turks and Caicos: JetBlue
I'm such a stickler when it comes to travel; my flights have to offer a mix of convenience and comfort to start off my trip on a high note. I was so pleased with my experience on JetBlue while flying to Turks and Caicos. From the spacious legroom to the free, delectable snacks (PopChips for me) to a vast selection of movies and TV shows (I watched "Insecure," of course), my flight was like a vacation all on its own.
What to Wear to Travel to Turks and Caicos: Skims Lounge Dress
For my JetBlue flight, I wanted to look put together and comfortable, and this soft lounge dress from Skims fit the bill. It's constructed of ribbed stretch modal fabric that feels so soft and luxurious against the skin — perfect for an in-flight nap.
Where to Stay in Turks and Caicos: The Shore Club
Situated on the breathtaking and secluded Long Bay Beach, The Shore Club is a must-stay when visiting Turks and Caicos, whether you opt for a lavish two-bedroom suite or a private luxury villa.
The villas all boast a whirlpool, sauna, and private courtyard with easy access to the beach, while the suites offer a private, fully furnished terrace and spectacular views of the ocean or pool. In my two-bedroom suite, I especially loved the standalone deep soaking tub, but if you prefer showers, the rainfall showerhead made for a spa-worthy experience.
What to Wear at The Shore Club Turks and Caicos: String Bikini
To lounge by the pool or at the private beach of The Shore Club, pack a fun, bright bikini. This style, from Black-owned brand LemLem, incorporates a diamond-jacquard trim inspired by Ethiopian weaving.
Where to Stay in Turks and Caicos: The Shore Club
The Shore Club's extensive list of amenities includes four outdoor pools; complementary buffet breakfast; the serene, full-service spa; water sports; and more. As a workout enthusiast, I was all about the fitness center, tennis court, and lap pools. My favorite amenity was the stunning hospitality suite, which we visited after checking out before it was time to fly out and depart the island.
What to Wear at The Shore Club Turks and Caicos: Wide-Leg Pants
Fe Noel Spice Gradient Rooted Slouched Pant ($298, originally $628)
From the spa to the daily breakfast, there's so much to enjoy on the Shore Club grounds. Indulge in these gorgeous Fe Noel slouch pants that feel both effortless and polished. The lightweight linen is perfect for high temps, and the hand-dyed ombré color is an instant head turner.
What to Do in Turks and Caicos: Caicos Dream Tours Via Tripadvisor
It's not a Turks and Caicos trip without a boat ride. We enjoyed a half-day cruise with Caicos Dream Tours to experience the beauty of the island's crystal-blue water, white-sand beaches, and picturesque sunsets firsthand. Booked through Tripadvisor, the half-day tour included snorkeling, lizard-spotting, and lots of time spent lounging in the sun.
What to Wear to Caicos Dream Tours: Straw Hat
Beach Sun Straw Hat ($24, originally $26)
For a boat tour and excursion in Turks and Caicos, don't forget to pack a chic sun hat that will elevate your look while acting as your own personal shade. This version is packable while still maintaining its shape and has a six-inch brim to shield your skin from the sun (but still be sure to apply sunscreen).
What to Wear to Caicos Dream Tours: Cutout Swimsuit
To lounge on the Caicos Dream Tours boat or swim in the ocean at one of the boat trip's stops, this cutout swimsuit will certainly come in handy. Not only is the lace-up bodice trendy and stylish, the nylon fabric is durable, comfy, and soft.
Where to Dine in Turks and Caicos: The Vita Restaurant at Rockhouse Resort
Turks and Caicos has a thriving culinary scene, and one of my favorite restaurants to visit on the island is the Vita Restaurant at Rockhouse Resort, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The eatery has the most breathtaking views of Grace Bay Beach and a vast array of delicious food, from oysters to lemon spaghetti with lobster.
What to Wear to Vita Restaurant at Rockhouse Resort: Feather Earrings
Cult Gaia Meta Feather Earrings ($97, originally $138)
For a fancy dinner at Vita Restaurant at Rockhouse Resort, pile on the glamorous accessories. These earrings are the ultimate conversation piece, whether you pair them with an LBD for a pop of color, or go for the monochrome look in head-to-toe pink.
What to Wear to Vita Restaurant at Rockhouse Resort: Metallic Dress
If you're dining at Vita Restaurant before a night on the town, a metallic dress is the perfect choice. ASOS offers an unrivaled assortment of party-ready frocks, and this style has it all: sequins, fringe, an open back, and a plunging neckline.
What to Wear to Turks and Caicos: Straw Bag
For an accessory that will work for midday brunch or late-night cocktails, pick up this Brandon Blackwood handbag. The rattan handle makes it feel island-friendly, and the signature "B" logo is instantly recognizable. Style it with everything from swim coverups to denim to slip dresses.
What to Wear to Turks and Caicos: Cutout Maxi Dress
PatBo Wave Maxi Dress ($557, originally $795)
Your Turks and Caicos packing list isn't complete without a breezy dress. This maxi features a vibrant print, alluring cutouts along the bodice, and a halter top that demands a second look. Add neutral sandals and a handbag, and you're good to go.
What to Wear to Turks and Caicos: Statement Sandals
Ferragamo Elina Sandals ($1,290)
Whether going to a nightclub, to a lounge, or out to dinner, these stunning Ferragamo sandals will get plenty of wear on a trip to Turks and Caicos. From the architectural Gancini logo heel to the bold cage straps, these Maximilian Davis-designed shoes will turn heads wherever you go.