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Turks & Caicos: The Easy Escape

Nearby and faraway” might be an oxymoron, but that remains the Turks and Caicos’ appeal. Not only is the main island of Providenciales, at the Bahamas’ southern tip, easily accessed by direct flights but also some of the Caribbean’s most remote-feeling resorts are within just 40 minutes of touchdown. The perennially popular Parrot Cay by COMO (rooms, from $500; 649-946-7788; comohotels.com) is on its own island 35 minutes away by boat; book one of the new two-bedroom beach houses, now the resort’s closest accommodations to the water. Serenity awaits at the Caribbean’s only Aman Resort, Amanyara (rooms, from $1,850; 866-941-8133; amanresorts.com), which abuts eight miles of Northwest Point Marine National Park coastline. And on the hotel-smothered Grace Bay, 65 undeveloped acres surround Coral House (from $5,500; 212-213-6435; coralhouse.tc), whose 2,000-foot stretch of sand is an ideal way to visit the island’s beach that started it all—without seeing a soul.

Before You Go to Turks & Caicos

Direct flights from the U.S. mainland service islands designatedin yellow. Those designated in white require at least one connection. Because of the time and logistics required to reach places like St. Lucia, Mustique, Barbados, Nevis, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Petit St. Vincent and Calivigny, you’ll want to spend at least four (but preferably more) full days there. The rest are perfect for a long weekend—but certainly worth longer stays, too.

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