Discover: Turks & Caicos

Deceptively close to the US and maybe not as well known as other islands, the Turks & Caicos are located in the heart of the Caribbean, only 2 ½ hours from New York and only 1 hour from Miami.

With over 40 different islands making up the Turks & Caicos, only 8 are inhabited. The islands of Providenciales (more commonly known as Provo) and Grand Turk tend to receive the most tourists. It’s easy to island hop with the abundance of inter-island flights, by boat, or by regularly run ferries.

With a population of just over 15,000, Provo offers visitors the best selection of accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife choices throughout the Turks & Caicos. Here you’ll find those picture perfect white sand beaches, swaying tropical palms, along with an array of hotels, villas, and all-inclusive resorts to suit every budget and heart's desire.

Sightseeing highlights on Provo include visits to Grace Bay, Chalk Sound, historical Cheshire Hall and Wades Green Plantation, French Garden, the Conch Farm, and The Hole at Long Bay for swimming. If you’d like to explore the under the sea, you can enjoy an array of world-class scuba diving at various dive sites or you can view the marine life from the comfort of a glass-bottom semi-submersible.

With almost 4,000 residents, Grand Turk has the second largest population in the Turks & Caicos. Must see attractions include the Turks & Caicos National Museum, Columbus Landfall National Park, and the Grand Turk Lighthouse.
Grand Turk is also home to the newly built Grand Turk Cruise Center catering to cruise ship passengers but there's also is a Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville for everyone to enjoy.

You can also explore these islands by renting a car, going horseback riding, taking a jeep safari or a dune buggy ride. Of course, the Turks & Caicos also offers golf and endless opportunities for water sports like sailing, parasailing, boating, fishing, and gambling for those wanting to try their luck; the island’s only ‘live casino’ is the Casablanca Casino located in Providenciales.

The Turks & Caicos also offers several National Parks, protected salt ponds and marshes, bird watching, viewing humpback whales from January to April, and if you’re luckier than you were at the casino, maybe, just maybe, you’ll catch a glimpse of JoJo, the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin who has been voluntarily interacting with visitors in the wild along the shallow waters of the Turks & Caicos since 1980.

For more information about the Turks & Caicos, visit Turks & Caicos Tourism. Photo Credit: 071104-turks-caicos-0012 by McClave

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