Caribbean Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is a small group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, just 550 miles off the South coast of Florida. The main islands are Grand Turk and Providenciales, also known as Caicos Island; however, the country is collectively made up of at least 40 small islands. Together, the islands are 37 miles in length and collectively, the population of the island is just under 30,000. In spite of this, these tiny islands welcome over a million visitors per year, including cruise ship passengers. The main currency used is the American dollar and the national language is English. The country is located in the Eastern Time Zone.

Getting Around

Little Water Cay

Little Water Cay

Once on the island, it isn’t hard to get around. You can get a taxi from any of the major travel hubs, for instance at the airport or ship harbors. Taxi drivers can be hired to act as a guide while on the island and will often offer suggestions as to where you should go and what you should do while on the island. They can be helpful in pointing out local attractions or activities that might not be in the guidebooks.

Other than that, you can rent a car to travel the main islands. The island is home to many major rental car companies. You can also rent a scooter or a bicycle for the day if you just want to explore one of the towns or cities. In Salt Cay, it’s even possible to rent a golf cart. Unlike North America though, cars drive on the left side of the road.

Things to See & Do

Cockburn Town

Cockburn Town

Most of the islands offerings are its stunning beaches and natural harbors. Grace Bay is one of the most popular area attractions and in addition to swimming you can go boating, parasailing, scuba diving, fishing, do guided tours or go shopping, sailing, and golfing. Grace Bay also boasts a number of spas if you’re interested in being pampered and a casino if you would like to gamble. Other than that, each individual island has its own unique offerings.

Some of the highlights on the island include Snuba Turks and Caicos, located at the Windsong Resort on Providenciales. This company offers everyone the chance to sample some of the underwater life as 都nuba・doesn’t involve any training. Anyone that can swim can do it. Other great tour companies include Dive Provo and Provo Turtle Divers, both of which have years of experience conducting diving tours in the tropical waters. The diving companies know the best locations to go and will most often take you there by boat.

Paradise

Paradise

Food & Drink

There are over 81 places to dine spread out across the islands. Understandably, most of them are located on the two islands of Providenciales and Grand Turk. Tourism is a large industry on the islands and therefore there are a lot of options, from fast food to fine dining. It wasn’t long ago that local restaurants only served what the fisherman caught for the day. Since then, the restaurant scene has diversified, with high class world cuisine available all over the island. Most resorts provide tourists with some fantastic options for eating and drinking. Although hotel restaurants can be expensive, they do provide excellent service. There are also amazing restaurants in proximity to the harbors and ports, where cruise ships often dock so that passengers can dine. Many of the local restaurants are open-air and outdoors.

Alcohol is available all over the island, with traditional tropical Caribbean flavored-drinks being fairly popular amongst tourists.