The Turks and Caicos Islands, archipelagos comprised of 40 low-lying and mostly undeveloped islands boast miles of white powdery beaches, superb diving, accommodations, and gourmet restaurants. Much of the underwater excitement is found off the Turks islands, where wall dives are outstanding, and along West Caicos and Providenciales (known as Provo). Sport fishing is a big international draw, and the mangrove salt flats offer a prime habitat for bonefish.

Provo is the main hub for tourism. The island’s crowning glory is the 12 mile long Grace Bay Beach. Provo also offers keen bird watchers acres of inland lakes that are frequented by white herons and pink flamingos. Just a short boat ride away from Provo is North Caicos, which receives the most rainfall, making it notably greener with tall trees and lush vegetation. The southern part of North Caicos is swampy, with broad estuaries that are home to a vast colony of West Indian flamingoes. North Caicos is popular with holiday-home buyers, especially around Whitby, with its stunning seven mile beach.

On Middle Caicos, you can sign up with a local guide and head for a settlement called Conch Bar where a labyrinth of caves are home to limestone formations and resident bat populations. Elsewhere, recent archaeological excavations have uncovered ancient Lucayan artifacts dating back more than 1,200 years. Uninhabited West Caicos and East Caicos are lined with fine beaches accessible by boat, and South Caicos was once a salt-producing island. Today it has a fishing port and a yachting centre, along with miles of deserted beaches.

The capital and centre of government lies east of the Columbus Passage on Grand Turk, where visitors can tour several restored churches and the Turks and Caicos National Museum. From January to March, visitors flock to nearby Salt Cay to spot humpback whales on their annual migration to the Silver Banks off Hispaniola.

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Airports / Gateways / Flying times

Airports: PLS: Providenciales.


Gateway/Flying Times: British Airways fly from London Gatwick via Antigua, to Providenciales (PLS). Connections are also available via Miami and New York with American Airlines and Jet Blue respectively. Delta flies from Atlanta, JFK and Boston while United offers flights from Newark and Huston. Regionally connections via Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Haiti are available with interCaribbean Airways. There are two other local airports; Grand Turk (GDT) and South Caicos (XSC). London: 8 11 hours. Nassau: 2 hours. Miami: 1 hour. 15 minutes. New York: 3 hours. Grand Turk to Provo: 20 minutes.


Grand Turk welcomes cruise visitors and is the only island in the Turks and Caicos Islands designated as a cruse destination. The Grand Turk Cruise Centre consists of a 3000-foot pier, a welcome facility and a 14 acre recreational area which includes a swimming pool, 1,000 feet of beachfront, cabanas, a shore excursion centre, shops and restaurants.

Climate

Summer: high/low 90/83 degrees F. Winter: high/low 75/70 degrees F. Avg. humidity – 35%. Avg rainfall 21 inches.  Approx sunrise: Summer 0600. Winter 0630. Approx sunset: Summer 1900. Winter 1800.

Dining

Summer: high/low 90/83 degrees F. Winter: high/low 75/70 degrees F. Avg. humidity – 35%. Avg rainfall 21 inches.  Approx sunrise: Summer 0600. Winter 0630. Approx sunset: Summer 1900. Winter 1800.

Language

English.

Nightlife

Dinner/Dances. Discos. Nightclubs. Live Music. Casino. Festivals throughout the year. A weekly Island Fish Fry on Providenciales and bi-monthly on Grand Turk attracts visitors and locals alike. 

Sightseeing

Grand Turk: The capital, Cockburn Town, has one of the greatest and best preserved collections of traditional Caribbean architecture. Duke, Queen and Front Streets are lined with restored landmark 18th and 19th century Bermudian buildings of the salt raking era. The Turks and Caicos National Museum on Front Street charts the cultural history of the Islands, their discovery and the impact of early European settlement, natural and political history, and the role played in twentieth century space exploration. Diving is a main attraction, with whale watching between January and April.

Middle Caicos: A dramatic coast line with limestone cliffs and long sandy beaches. Mudjin Harbour, a half-moon lagoon within the ocean is a dramatic feature. Loyalists’ plantation ruins, craft demonstrations, sail boats races and one of the most extensive cave systems in the region.
Salt Cay: Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Salt Cay is a time capsule from the days ‘when Salt was king’. North Shore Beach, an underwater shipwreck and whale watching between January and April.


Provo: Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches and an extensive coral reef rich in aquatic life. Cheshire Hall Plantation and the world’s only Conch Farm. Rock Carvings – made by shipwrecked sailors on Sapodilla Hill. Island Tour is recommended.


North Caicos: A sanctuary for wildlife and protected wetlands. Pumpkin Bluff Pond Reserve (Flamingo Pond) is an international RAMSAR site with hundreds of pink flamingoes. Cottage Pond. Wades Green, a Loyalist plantation ruin. Island Tour recommended.

South Caicos: Historic Cockburn Harbour reflects the islands British and Bermudian heritage. Attracts visitors for its fishing, birdlife, history and diving.

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