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Turks & Caicos Islands

Set in spectacular turquoise seas, the islands of the Turks & Caicos are known for their untouched beaches, unpretentious hospitality and high standard of living.

Comprising of eight main islands and countless small cays and sandbars, the islands are one of the last British Crown colonies and seasoned travellers love the glorious beaches, tranquility and constant summer climate.

North West Point, Provo, Turks & Caicos IslandsOf the islands, Providenciales - commonly known by its nickname, Provo - is the most developed with a population of 6,500 in which 30 nationalities are represented. However, "developed" is a relative term, and visitors are charmed by the fact that the locals are hospitable by nature, not by training; and that the transportation infrastructure is, well, the road running from one end of the island to the other. With its North American amenities and clean, clear air, Provo is a favorite with families.

As well, watersports enthusiasts, especially divers, are enchanted by the clear waters, first class walls, wrecks and plentiful marine life. Rounding out the attractions of Provo are the 18-hole golf course and the casino and the spectacular Grace Bay beach - seven miles of incredible sand and sea.

Of the other inhabited islands, Grand Turk is the most developed - again a relative term! The capital Cockburn Town is a delightful representation of island life and still preserves the laid back ambience of the islands.

Salt Cay, seven miles southwest of Grand Turk is the home to seven hundred islanders. Once a thriving salt-raking settlement, the island now boasts a couple of hotels and a quiet lifestyle.

East Caicos was once a site of sisal and cotton plantations is now uninhabited. Its sixteen mile long beach on the north coast is one of the spectacular in the region.

Middle Caicos is the largest island and has 500 inhabitants living in the two settlements. Once famous for its guano industry, the main occupation is now working for the government.

Just a short skip from Middle Caicos is the island of North Caicos. A few small signs of development now, but its pristine beaches are still a draw to this island. Be sure to check out the flamingo colony on Flamingo Pond near Bottle Creek.

West Caicos is also uninhabited now. Spectacular diving - many say the best in all of Turks and Caicos Islands - and the beach on the northwest coast are highlights of the island.

Turks and Caicos Guide
The Turks and Caicos Guide is your comprehensive guide to a luxurious, hidden cluster of islands in the Caribbean. Our guide provides articles on destination-specific information ranging from Turks and Caicos history, to activities, and restaurants . For help with the difficulties of off-shore travel, consult our Travel Basics section to learn about services and documentation. Before you depart, our guide site can help you plan for all of the can't-miss items on your itinerary. Research area attractions , rentals, and more. You can even find your hotel and cruise accommodations in one convenient location to make your departure as effortless as possible.

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