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Overview Of Turks And Caicos

Located just south of the Bahamas and a short flight from Miami, Turks and Caicos comprise of approximately 40 stunningly beautiful coral islands (8 of which are inhabited).

Turks and Caicos are also one of the most exclusive and luxurious destinations in the Caribbean. The islands are charming and very unspoiled with beautiful powdery white sandy beaches, endless crystal clear turquoise waters, nature reserves and several beautiful national parks.

Powdery White sand beaches at Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands which have a population of 22,000 based mainly on Providenciales have a total land area of 166 square miles scattered across 10,000 square miles of ocean.

The Caribbean Sea lies to the south of the islands, whilst the Atlantic lies to the north and west. The islands are connected by a few ferry services and scheduled small plane charters. There is a bridge which connects North and Middle Caicos. The capital Cockburn Town is located on Grand Turk which is also the easternmost island.

Providenciales is the most developed of the islands and it is also where you will find many of our luxury Turks and Caicos vacation rentals. Providenciales is home to the exquisitely beautiful Grace Bay, a 12 mile (19km) long stretch of pristine white sandy beach. Providenciales is also the gateway to Parrot Cay which is a stunningly beautiful privately owned one thousand acre island with many exquisite Turks and Caicos villas to rent.

The twenty-two-mile Columbus Passage divides the islands into two groups – Grand Turk and Salt Cay lie to the east while West, North, Middle, East and South Caicos and Providenciales are on the west side.

The passage itself acts as transit point for migrating Humpback Whales, spotted Eagle Rays, Manta Rays and turtles and the rich waters are home to Blue Marlin, Tuna and Wahoo – perfect for the big game fisherman.

In addition, bordering the edges of the islands is one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, making the islands perfect for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Turks and Caicos is the ultimate destination for a luxury holiday. It is a wonderful destination for romance, family holidays and adventure seekers. Turks and Caicos are without a doubt the perfect island getaway.


Useful Information

  • Main City: Cockburn Town
  • Main language: English
  • Voltage 120v

Passport and Visa Requirements

Visitors need to hold a valid passport and everyone must have an ongoing or return ticket on entry. No visas are necessary except from countries of the former Eastern Bloc. They are advised to contact the British Consulate Office, in their home country, for advice. Visitors are allowed to stay for 30 days and this is renewable once. There is a $15 departure tax, which is not levied on under 12’s. This may be included in the price of the ticket, so it is worth checking with your airline.

Banks

The currency on the islands is U.S. dollars. The banks are Scotiabank and First Caribbean. Travellers Cheques in U.S. dollars are accepted. Mastercard, Visa and American Express are welcomed in most places. It is recommended to carry sufficient cash if travelling to other parts of the islands, and there are ATM’s on Providenciales.

Electricity

Electrical sockets on the islands are similar to those in the United States and Canada. However, an adapter may still be required to accommodate grounding and polarisation. Travelers from Europe and Japan will need suitable adapters.

Television

There is a satellite television service throughout the islands. Most major US networks are available.

Telephone

U.S. cell phones with International Roaming will make and receive calls on the islands.

Driving

Driving in Turks and Caicos is on the left-hand side of the road and the maximum speed limit is 40mph (64kph). Car and Jeep rental rates range from $50 to $100 per day. Visitors with a valid driving licence are permitted to drive for 30 days.


Getting There

There are two full service international airports in Turks and Caicos. They are located on Providenciales and Grand Turk. There is also a smaller more limited entry airport located on South Caicos. All other islands have domestic airports, with the exception of East and West Caicos, which are uninhabited.

Visitors must hold a valid passport. Proof of onward transportation is also required on entry.

Airlines

From the U.S.

From Canada

From Europe

Inter Caribbean

  • Nassau – Bahamasair
  • Grand Turk – Inter Caribbean Airways and Caicos Express

Getting to Turks and Caicos by Sea

When you arrive to the Turks and Caicos by sea, you must clear customs and immigration on arrival. The Turks and Caicos are well set up to make this process easy. There are a number of facilities at Providenciales, including a full service marina at Turtle Cove Marina as well as entry facilities. Other marinas on Providenciales include South Side Marina, Leeward Marina and Caicos Marina and Shipyard. Another popular docking point is Sapodilla Bay on Providenciales’ south side


Temperature Guide

These figures show Turks and Caicos monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall.

MonthTemp °CTemp °FRainfall(mm)Rainfall(in)
January2781542.1
February2781431.7
March2882361.4
April2984431.7
May3086441.7
June3188421.6
July3290371.4
August3290471.8
September3290692.7
October3188903.5
November29841194.7
December2781993.9

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