Turks and Caicos Islands
Tell people you are going on holiday in the Turks and Caicos and you will be more than likely greeted with a puzzled look. The hideout of 17th century pirates has become the 21st century hideaway of solace-seeking sun worshippers, who want more the Caribbean of white sand beaches and clear blue sea and less the Caribbean of jam-packed resorts and rowdy rum-drinkers. Nowhere on these islands are busy - in some parts you are more likely to see a donkey than a car. So divers, fishing-enthusiasts, beachcombers and boaters can all enjoy their own private Caribbean fantasy. Read more
ProvidencialesWhile Grand Turk is home of the capital and the place where cruise ships arrives, Providenciales is the center of the tourism business. Many visitors will stay in the Grace Bay area, where the majority of the hotels are, and travel out to the many beautiful beaches dotted around the island. Day trips can be organized from Providenciales to the other neighboring islands and cays. More about Providenciales
Grand TurkCockburn Town on Grand Turk is the capital of the nation. It has some beautiful examples of colonial and Bermudian style architecture, notably in the Cathedral Church, the library, the prison and the lighthouse. The town is also home to the excellent national museum. Nearby Salt Cay is also fascinating for the remnants of the once booming salt industry left on this almost deserted island. Cruise ship passengers will land at the Grand Turk Cruise Center. The complex has restaurants, shops, and a large swimming pool with an artificial surfing machine. More about Grand Turk
A paradise for touristsThe Turks and Caicos Islands are located just over 550 miles southeast of Miami and 30 miles from the Bahamas. The Islands are a British Oversees Territory. English is spoken and the US dollar used. The permanent population hovers around the 35,000 mark. The weather is dry and sunny and characterized by a marine tropical climate, which allows for summer temperatures around 30'C and winter averages of 25 to 28'C. British Airways offer weekly direct flight from Heathrow to Providenciales, and various America operators fly from Miami, JFK, Atlanta and Charlotte. There are also direct flights from Toronto.
The archipelago is divided into two main groups - the larger Caicos and the smaller Turks. The Caicos Islands form the main landmass of this nation and run west to east from West Caicos, Providenciales, North Caicos, East Caicos, to South Caicos. The Turks Island Passage separates the Turks Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay from the Caicos Islands. Each island has a distinct character offering visitors a great choice of activities and vacation styles. Frequently asked questions.
Other watersports include kiteboarding, standup paddleboarding, kayaking, boating, wakeboarding, tubing, waterskiing and ofcourse diving. Bird watching is another popular pastime, particularly on North Caicos, where there are large colonies of pink flamingos. Each island has a distinct personality. Middle Caicos for the Crossing Path Trail, which zig zags along the limestone headline reveling caves and coves like something from a pirates map. South Caicos was once the hub of the fishing industry and now provides a great opportunity for fishing-fans. And barren and rugged East Caicos is an island for the adventurous types. Horse riding can be a nice way to see the islands.