Turks and Caicos

Tucked underneath the Bahamas, the series of islands and cays that make up Turks and Caicos deliver mile after mile of almost-empty beaches under sunny skies, 350 days of the year. Providenciales, on the Caicos side, is the top spot for the chic resorts lining Grace Bay Beach, once again the winner of TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award for best beach.

Extracurricular: Seek out ecoadventure with a paddling or boat tour of the wetlands and mangrove networks. There are many miles of estuaries to explore.

Taste to try: Grouper is the delicious fish of choice, served a dozen different ways, followed closely by conch fritters and delectable conch ceviche.

Bonus Tip: Between December and April, be on the lookout for migrating humpback whales moving through the Turks Island Passage on their way to the Dominican Republic.