Turks and Caicos
The Turks and Caicos is a tiny archipelago of some 40 islands in
Atlantic Ocean. Located southeast of the Bahamas
and east of Cuba, this tiny Caribbean
paradise is mainly known for its superb diving and excellent whale
watching opportunities. The perfect place to sit back and relax,
the Turks and Caicos islands have a total land area of just 1,113
sq km, with its capital Cockburn Town, located on the tiny island
of Grand Turk. A British Overseas Territory, the Turks and Caicos
are unique in the fact that the official currency here is the US
The climate here is similar to that of the Southern Bahamas, making
the winter season the best time to visit, when the weather is nice
and pleasant. The period between August and November are the hottest
months here, with plenty of rain in the summer. Most people usually
combine a visit to the Turks and Caicos with a trip to the Bahamas
as both the islands are in close proximity to one another. However,
a truly superb vacation destination on its own, come here for a
week and you will never want to go back home.
The Turks Islands comprise of the islands of the Grand
Turk, Salt Cay and other several smaller isles. They are separated
from the Caicos Islands by the 22 mile wide Turks Island Passage.
The Caicos Islands lie in the shape of an arc and are made up of the
islands of South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, East Caicos,
West Caicos and Providenciales along with numerous small islands and
cays. Grand Turk is the main island in the Turks, while in Caicos,
Providenciales is the tourist hotspot.
Grand Turk is a tiny island just 11 km and 2.4 km wide. Home
to the capital of the Turks and Caicos, Cockburn Town, this island
is the economic and financial hub of the country. However, don’t
expect to see some swanky buildings and hotels. This island is small
and sleepy, with horses, cattle and donkeys roaming freely all over
the place. There are also a number of pretty beaches around the
island where you can sit back and relax on. Just offshore from Grand
Turk you will find numerous cays which play host to important seabird
nesting colonies in the area. Salt Cay is the most significant of
these cays because the diving and fishing here is truly spectacular.
Attracting whales and eagles rays, this cay is one of the best places
in the Caribbean to see Humpback whales during the winter months.
In the Caicos, Providenciales is the tourist center and is the
most well developed island in the Turks and Caicos. Called Provo
for short, this island is home to many beautiful beach resorts and
residential developments. The beaches here are stunning as well
and tourists flock from all over to enjoy the azure blue waters
ands white sandy shores. To escape the crowds head east to find
rugged hills and the Princess Alexandra National Park. The diving
and snorkeling here is also outstanding.