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Fast Facts About Turks and Caicos
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12 hours via Antingua
The 40 islands and cays of the Turks & Caicos are where you can relax and unwind on some of the very best beaches in the world, surrounded by some of nature’s most beautiful creations. From the mysterious bat caves, immense blue hole and flamingo filled lagoons of Middle Caicos to the multi-award winning beaches of Providenciales (Provo), the Turks & Caicos offer serenity, seclusion and exquisite beauty.
Dive to the protected coral reef of Grand Turk, or watch as the majestic humpback whale glides through its waters. In Providenciales, walk the 12 miles of mesmerising Grace Bay Beach, or let the only footsteps in the sand be yours at Leeward Beach. Then there’s the sleepy island of Salt Cay, the eco-tourism isles of North and Middle Caicos, or the fishing capital of South Caicos. Whether you choose one island, or island-hop around them all, the Turks & Caicos are sure to beguile you.
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Airports: Providenciales (PLS).
Gateway/Flying Times: British Airways fly from London Gatwick via Antigua, to Providenciales. Connections are also available via Miami, North Carolina, New York and Fort Lauderdale, with American Airlines (MIA, CLT and JFK) and jetBlue (JFK and FLL). Delta flies from Atlanta, JFK and Boston while United offers flights from Newark and Houston. Regionally connections via Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Dominica, USVI, St Lucia and Antigua are available with interCaribbean Airways. There are two other local airports: Grand Turk (GDT) and South Caicos (XSC). London: 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 cruise destination.
12 hours via Antigua
Things To Do In Turks and Caicos
Providenciales and Grand Turk are your best bet when it comes to finding nightlife outside of your hotel, but even then the vibe is more dinner and drinks than glitter balls and dance music. Grab a spot at a restaurant overlooking Grace Bay on Provo for an evening meal and drinks on a starry terrace or head to Da Conch Shack for some of the island’s favourite conch followed by live music and a beach party.
There are over 100 restaurants and bars in country. Cuisine range from eating out island style in beach restaurants, sea side cafes and rum shacks to fine dining with an international flare. Enjoy dishes prepared with freshly caught fish, lobster and conch to goat and oxtails. Conch, which features prominently in national dishes, is a type of marine snail that is prized by chefs the world over. To sample some local food, drink and the local culture at the same time, make a date for the Thursday night Island Fish Fry in The Bight Park on Provo. As the most developed islands, Provo and Grand Turk have the biggest choice when it comes to food, with the other islands tending to offer more authentic local fare.