In the Turks and Caicos Islands world class hotels, tranquil spas, and the finest dining you will ever experience await as do our famous stretches of unspoiled, uninhabited majestic beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below the water, you'll relax in the unique serenity, hospitality and beauty of our Idyllic Islands.
Home to Grace Bay Beach, voted "Best Beach in the World," featuring breathtaking turquoise hues and gentle lapping waters, legendary diving, snorkeling and fishing, the Turks & Caicos Islands beckon you to an undiscovered Caribbean.
The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. The Islands are located 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and just to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti.) Technically, the Turks and Caicos are located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.
Language - English
Currency - The US dollar is the official currency of Turks and Caicos Islands
Time Zone - Eastern Standard Time
Climate - The average temperature in the Turks and Caicos Islands is 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 32 degrees Celsius) from June to October, sometimes reaching the mid 90's, especially in the late summer months. From November to May the average temperature is 80 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 29 degrees Celsius).
Economy - The economy of the Turks and Caicos Islands relies on the tourism industry, real estate development, importation of goods and the exportation of seafood. The Turks and Caicos Islands offers a wide variety of financial services, including establishment of off shore companies, offshore insurance, banking, trusts, limited partnerships and limited life companies. The Financial Services Commission regulates, develops and promotes the industry in major world markets.
Government - The Turks & Caicos Islands Government operate under British Law as British Crown Colony. A Governor is appointed by the Queen and presides over an Executive Council formed by an elected local self-government. Government offices are located in Grand Turk, with branches on other Islands as needed. The legal system is based on English Common Law.
Crime - These Turks and Caicos Islands boast one of the lowest crime rates and highest crime-solved rates in the Caribbean.
Property Market - The Turks and Caicos Islands real estate market, as is the case anywhere in the world, runs in cycles and the Turks and Caicos Islands real estate market is no different. The Turks and Caicos Islands real estate market experienced tremendous growth starting in early 2002, seeing property values sky rocket to record highs but also like other parts of the world the Turks and Caicos Islands real estate market has experienced a dramatic downturn during the period of 2007 to 2011 with property values basically reverting back to where they were before the boom. So the timing is right for Investors to get involved in the Turks and Caicos Islands real estate market as the market has been trending upwards with steady signs of increased commercial and private equity working its way back into the market.
Providenciales is by far the most developed of the Turks and Caicos Islands. With tremendous advances in infrastructure and services, and the real estate market has changed from a speculative market to more of a lifestyle purchase.
Turks and Caicos Government - http://www.gov.tc/portal/page/portal/G2G
Turks and Caicos Tourism Board - http://www.turksandcaicostourism.com/
Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association - http://www.turksandcaicoshta.com/
After Five Concierge - http://www.after5.tc/
Tropical Imaging - http://www.tropicalimaging.com/
Turks and Caicos Mall - http://www.tcimall.tc/
Where When and How - http://www.wherewhenhow.com/turks-caicos-islands/history/
Discover Turks and Caicos Islands - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knbjMK4ospg
Turks and Caicos Law firm - http://www.dempseyandcompany.com/
Where to stay in the Turks and Caicos Islands - http://www.wheretostay.com/turks_and_caicos-villas
Turks and Caicos Islands Maps - http://www.turksandcaicos.tc/turks/index.htm
Turks and Caicos Islands Healthcare - http://www.interhealthcanada.com/projects/projects.asp?categorycode=ART00196&ID=ART00164&SubID=ART00189
Turks and Caicos Islands Car Rentals - http://www.turksandcaicostourism.com/rental-cars.html
Turks and Caicos Islands Restaurant Guide - http://turksandcaicos.tc/restaurant/index.htm
Turks and Caicos Islands Shopping Guide - http://www.turksandcaicostourism.com/shopping.html
The Turks and Caicos consist of 40 different islands and cays, only 8 of which are inhabited. The islands of the Turks and Caicos are almost as diverse as its people. From the main tourist center of Providenciales to the quiet and tranquil islands of North and Middle Caicos to the historic Capital Island of Grand Turk; each one offers a different experience and a unique character but all offer year round great climate, beaches and underwater activities.
When visiting theTurks and Caicos Islands its important to experience each island in the entire chain. This is probably why most of the visitors come back to the Turks and Caicos on a regular basis. Most of the islands are only about 10 to 25 minutes by air from Provo and most can be reached by boat, too. There are also regular ferries from North to Middle Caicos.
Providenciales is the most well known of the Turks and Caicos Islands and is the center of the tourism industry with a wide range of hotels, restaurants, attractions and facilities. Grand Turk and Salt Cay offer a glimpse into Caribbean history with great Bermudian architecture and a rustic charm as well as some of the best diving and probably the most "relaxing" time you will ever have. Grand Turk is also home to a brand new cruise ship center.
Middle Caicos and North Caicos represent the best of the environment, with lush green woodlands, the biggest cave network in the Caribbean on Middle Caicos, cottage pond and flamingo pond in North Caicos and a vast range of plant life and birdlife. North Caicos is also an up and coming resort destination with several new projects under development.
South Caicos is the center for fishing, with lobster and conch exported from the islands, the historic Cockburn harbor and the natural phenomenon of the boiling hole. This small yet friendly island offers many secluded beaches with awe inspiring views of the turquoise waters and surrounding islands.
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Travel to the Turks and Caicos is easy and efficient. Just a short flight from the east coast of the US, our Islands are a tropical classic, a throwback in time where relaxation is unavoidable and rejuvenation ensured.
American Airlines offers daily flights from Miami and seasonal direct flights from New York, Boston and Fort Worth Texas.
Delta Airlines offers 6-times a week service from Atlanta (no Tuesday flight), plus a second flight on Saturdays.
US Airways offers daily flights from Charlotte to the Turks and Caicos Islands, and will add a second daily flight from that city in February. Direct flights are also available from Boston and Philadelphia on Saturdays and Sundays.
Air Canada has direct flights from Toronto t to the Turks and Caicos Islands on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from Montreal on Thursdays and Ottawa on Mondays.
British Airways offers one direct flight from Heathrow International.
West Jet are now flying to Providenciales direct from Toronto Canada.
Jet Blue are also offering direct fights to Providenciales from New York.
The Turks and Caicos Islands currently have 2 full service international airports, Providenciales and Grand Turk, and limited entry facilities in North and South Caicos. All other islands have domestic airports except for East and West Caicos, which are uninhabited (an airstrip is currently under construction on West Caicos to serve the Ritz Carlton resort being developed there).
Most visitors fly into Providenciales upon entry to the Turks and Caicos Islands and then can easily take a commuter flight to the other Caribbean Islands. It is a modern, full service facility that welcomes dozens of international flights every week from North America, Europe and other Caribbean Islands. It is also the gateway to the rest of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Check the airport web site for up to date flight schedules and route maps. http://www.visitprovidenciales.com/gettinghere/pls.aspx
Visitors from the US are reminded that effective January 8, 2007, all US citizens visiting the Caribbean must be in possession of a valid US passport.
All visitors arriving via international flights and connecting to any of our other islands through Providenciales must first clear immigration and customs and claim baggage at PLS before making the connection through the domestic departure area at the Provo Airport.