An Introduction to Turks & Caicos

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The beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands are situated just 575 miles southeast of Miami. Covering 193 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Turks and Caicos Islands has the third largest coral reef system and the best tropical beaches in the world, making it a premier beach, diving and snorkelling destination and an ideal location for romance, family vacations, ecotourism and adventure seekers, which is probably why so many of their visitors return over and over again.

One of the most valuable possessions of the islands are the pristine white sandy beaches, which in total cover 230 miles and are complemented with crystal clear turquoise waters. The islands are relatively flat but vary from sand dunes to lush green vegetation. There are eight inhabited islands: Salt Cay, Grand Turk, South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales, Parrot Cay and Pine Cay. East Caicos and West Caicos along with several other fascinating cays are uninhabited. People on the islands known as "Belongers" are known for their friendly spirit, which helps ensure this is a destination that helps people de-stress, feel comfortable and truly relax.

 

THE ISLANDS

 

Providenciales:

Also known as “Provo,” this island is visited most by tourists. With many resort hotels and the international airport receiving direct flights from various countries throughout the region, there is always buzz on Provo. It is ringed by pristine white beaches, and is home to historic villages as well as world-class shopping.

Grand Turk:

This island is home to the capital of the islands, and despite its relatively small size, also hosts the second largest population among the Turks and Caicos. Grand Turk has some historical sites to visit, but the main attraction here is the incredible diving.

North Caicos:

This island is more of a nature preserve than a tourist destination. Here travelers can see a wide range of nature due to the island's high rainfall. Birdwatchers especially can be impressed by the flocks of flamingos, as well as nearby islets with many birds.

Middle Caicos:

The largest of the islands, Middle Caicos is known for its rich agriculture, but it also has great tourist attractions, including an extensive cave system as well as old plantation houses.

East Caicos:

No longer settled, this island is home to ancient petroglyphs and an abandoned town as well as beautiful beaches.

South Caicos:

Despite its small size this is one of the most popular islands of the chain. Fishermen and those who love good seafood are regulars here. However, birders, history buffs, and divers find plenty to do here.

Salt Cay:

This tiny cay was the home to the Islands' salt industry, and when mining ended, it was as though life stayed in freeze-frame. Visitors come to explore this area and catch a glimpse of what life was once like on this island.

Parrot Cay/Pine Cay:

These two are private islands owned by resort companies.

 

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