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Uncover the rich heritage and natural beauty of Turks and Caicos. Explore hidden caves, historic landmarks, and cultural hotspots on the Caribbean Islands.

About Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is a British Overseas Territory consisting of two groups of tropical islands in the Caribbean, south-east of the Bahamas.

Turks and Caicos is renowned for its natural beauty, vibrant culture, and luxurious vacation experiences, making it a popular destination for travellers seeking relaxation and adventure in the Caribbean.

The Turks Islands

The Turks Islands contain the two inhabited islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, six uninhabited cays, and a number of small rocky islands.

The Caicos Islands

The Caicos Islands includes the largest in the dependency, Grand Caicos, among its six principal islands.

Even Grand Caicos is less than 10 miles square (under 25km in area).

Travel Map Mapping Turks and Caicos Islands

Map of Turks and Caicos Islands

Map of Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of over forty islands and cays, with a plenty of resorts and beaches to explore.

The capital of Turks and Caicos Islands (since 1766) is Cockburn Town, located on the Island of Grand Turk.

Turks and Caicos Overview

Although the Turks and Caicos Islands are a British dependency, the people shop with US Dollars.

The Turks Islands include Grand Turk and Salt Cay, while the Caicos Islands comprise Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos, and the uninhabited islands of East Caicos and West Caicos, among others.


The culture of Turks and Caicos is a blend of African, European, and indigenous influences.

The majority of the population is of African descent, and English is the official language.

The local cuisine often features seafood, including conch, lobster, and fish.


Tourism is the primary economic driver in Turks and Caicos, with the islands attracting visitors for their pristine beaches, diving and snorkelling opportunities, luxury resorts, and upscale shopping and dining experiences.

The islands also have a growing financial services sector.

Environmental Conservation

The islands are home to several protected areas and national parks aimed at preserving their natural beauty and biodiversity.

Efforts are made to protect fragile ecosystems, such as coral reefs and wetlands, and to promote sustainable tourism practices.


The islands are known for their stunning beaches with clear turquoise waters, coral reefs, and diverse marine life.

The climate is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round.


As a British Overseas Territory, Turks and Caicos has a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with the British monarch as the head of state, represented by a governor.

The islands have their own local government headed by a premier.


The islands were inhabited by Taino and Lucayan Indians before being colonised by the Spanish in the late 15th century.

Over time, the islands became a haven for pirates.

In the 18th century, the British established control over the islands, and they remain a British Overseas Territory to this day.

Visiting Turks and Caicos

When visiting Turks and Caicos remember to pack essentials like sunscreen, swimwear, insect repellent, and lightweight clothing suitable for the tropical climate.

With its breathtaking natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and abundance of outdoor activities, Turks and Caicos offers an unforgettable vacation experience.

Accommodation in Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos offers a wide range of accommodation options, including luxury resorts, boutique hotels, beachfront villas, and budget-friendly guesthouses.

Popular areas to stay include Grace Bay on Providenciales, where you'll find many upscale resorts, and Turtle Cove, known for its marina and waterfront dining options.


Some popular attractions in Turks and Caicos include Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales, which is consistently ranked among the world's best beaches; Chalk Sound National Park, where visitors can admire stunning turquoise lagoons; and the Conch Bar Caves on Middle Caicos, which are the largest limestone caves in the Caribbean.

Beach Activities

With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Turks and Caicos is perfect for beach lovers.

Spend your days sunbathing on the powdery white sands of Grace Bay Beach, snorkelling among coloruful coral reefs at Smith's Reef or Bight Reef, or trying exciting water sports like kiteboarding, paddleboarding, and parasailing.

Choosing the Right Time to Visit

Turks and Caicos enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round, but the peak tourist season typically runs from December to April when the weather is drier and cooler.

However, if you prefer quieter beaches and lower prices, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of May to August or September to November.

Cultural Experiences

Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting historical sites such as Cheshire Hall Plantation on Providenciales, which offers insights into the islands' colonial past; or The National Museum located on the historical Front Street in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk.

Don't forget to sample traditional dishes like conch fritters, grilled lobster, and johnnycakes at local restaurants in Turks and Caicos.

Day Trips and Excursions

Take advantage of Turks and Caicos' proximity to other islands by embarking on day trips and excursions.

Visit the uninhabited island of Half Moon Bay for secluded beach picnics, go whale watching or deep-sea fishing offshore, or explore the dramatic cliffs and caves of Middle Caicos on a guided tour.

Exploring Nature

Don't miss the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Turks and Caicos.

The island of Providenciales is home to eight protected areas: three national parks, three nature reserves, and two protected historical sites.

Take a boat tour to visit uninhabited cays like Iguana Island, home to endangered rock iguanas; or join a guided eco-tour to discover the islands' diverse ecosystems, including mangrove forests, wetlands, and limestone caves.

Getting to Turks and Caicos

Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is the main gateway to the islands, serving numerous direct flights from major cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Once you arrive at Providenciales, you can easily connect to other islands via domestic flights or ferries.

Cockburn Town - Grand Turk.

Map of Cockburn Town

Map of Cockburn Town, Grand Turk

Where to Stay in Grand Turk

The accommodations offered on Grand Turk are generally confined to small boutique hotels and vacation rental villas.

Many of the hotels and villas offer amenities that complement a laid-back vacation, such as breakfast or the complimentary use of bicycles, snorkel gear, and water sports equipment.

Hotels in Cockburn Town.

Turks and Caicos (TCI) Visitors Guide

'Beautiful by Nature' - Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)

Crystalline turquoise waters and white sand beaches are trademarks to the over forty islands and cays that make up the Beautiful by Nature TCI.

Considered the World’s best kept secret, the Turks and Caicos Islands are an easy escape – with connectivity from Miami, New York, Toronto or London.

Grace Bay - Providenciales

You wouldn't want to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands for its massive nightlife but Grace Bay Beach (on Providenciales) is regularly voted Best Beach Destination and best diving in the Caribbean region.

Providenciales is the most well known of the Turks and Caicos Islands and is the centre of the tourism industry with a wide range of hotels, restaurants, attractions and facilities.

Hotels on Providenciales Island.

Living in Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands offer modern amenities without the hustle, bustle, crime and pollution of major metropolitan areas. Many people have chosen the islands as their part-time residence or retirement home.

As an investment jurisdiction, the Turks and Caicos Islands have no income taxes, no corporate taxes, no property taxes, no capital gains taxes, no inheritance or estate taxes and no currency controls.

Turks and Caicos Islands Magazine

The Where When How - Turks & Caicos Islands' magazine has been named the 'Official Guide to the Turks and Caicos Islands' endorsed by the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board.

Flights to Turks and Caicos

Airlines and Airports.

American Airlines fly to Providenciales twice a day from Miami, Florida. The flight takes less than one and a half hours.

Lynx Air International also provides an air service from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk.

Weekly charters fly in to Turks and Caicos from Boston, New York, Toronto, and other major North American cities.

Internal services connect Providenciales with Grand Turk, Salt Cay, North Caicos, Middle Caicos and South Caicos.

There are also flights from the Turks and Caicos Islands to Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and many other Caribbean destinations.

Language and Culture

Those born on the islands of the Turks and Caicos are known as 'Belongers'.

These inhabitants also have their own dialect, despite the fact that English is the language, but those with a keen ear shouldn't have any problem picking out phrases.

Turks & Caicos Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Caribbean Islands (Travel Guide) Turks & Caicos Islands (Fodor's in Focus Turks & Caicos Islands)

Turks & Caicos Islands - Caribbean Islands.

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