Located 575 miles southeast of Miami, south of the Bahamas and north of the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands are an archipelago of 40 islands and cays, only eight of which are inhabited. It is said that Christopher Columbus first reached the new world at Grand Turk, the island that today is the seat of our country’s government.
Our country and islands are beautiful by nature. We are blessed with stunningly clear turquoise waters, the third largest living reef in the world, secluded beaches and year-round warmth. We are a rarity in the Caribbean — an exceptional location with much of it preserved and undisturbed. It awaits your discovery.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Crown Colony. The Governor is appointed by the Queen. Our legal system is based on English Common Law.
Our island of Providenciales, commonly called “Provo”, is the center of the most activity on the islands. The main airport is here on Provo, as are most of our Providenciales resorts and banking. Grace Bay Beach is regularly voted one of the top beaches in the world. It’s a 12-mile stretch of paradise that draws visitors here and draws them back each year. West Bay Club is located on the widest stretch of the beach, alongside other Grace Bay hotels, but in our own, tranquil enclave.
More about our island:
- English is the official language
- We drive on the left (or English) side of the road
- Our currency is the U.S. Dollar
- Electricity is 110 Volts (U.S. standard)
- Atlantic Standard Time is observed year-round, until fall of 2018 when we return to Eastern Daylight Savings Time
- Average temperature of 80-84 F in winter / 85-90 F in summer
- Average water temperature of 74-78 F in winter / 82-84 F in summer
- The native dress in Turks and Caicos is a white dress or shirt, with colorful trim. The trim comes in eight colors, six colors reflecting the islands where people originate as well as pink for our conch shells and flamingos and yellow for our year-round sunshine.
- Those who are native to Turks and Caicos are called “Belongers.”
One visit and the beauty of Turks and Caicos becomes a part of you.