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Turks and Caicos Islands

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Quick Facts
Capital Cockburn Town, Grand Turk
Government overseas territory of United Kingdom
Currency US dollar (USD)
Area 430 sq km
Population 18,738 (July 2002 est.)
Language English (official)
Religion Baptist 40%, Methodist 16%, Anglican 18%, Church of God 12%, other 14%
Electricity 110V/60Hz (North American plug)
Country code +649
Internet TLD .tc
Time Zone UTC -5

The Turks and Caicos Islands are two groups of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Bahamas.

Even though you only boarded the plane in Miami, Florida a scant hour before, the moment you step off the plane, you know you are in a different world. The tropical breeze hits you as you step onto the tarmac, and you start looking forward to the incredible scuba diving that awaits. Although definitely not one of the prettiest (at least above water) of the Caribbean Islands, it has its own charms that come from being a mostly undiscovered tourist destination.


Turks and Caicos Islands


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The islands were part of the UK's Jamaican colony until 1962, when they assumed the status of a separate crown colony upon Jamaica's independence. The governor of The Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands are presently a British overseas territory.

Get in

By plane

American Airlines is a popular carrier that schedules flights from many US cities to Providenciales International Airport. Other major carriers from the US include US Air and Delta. British Airways also offers flights to London.

By boat

Get around


English is the official language.






  • Beaches Resorts
  • Sands at Grace Bay, 649-946-5199 , Fax: 649-946-5198, Toll-free: 1-877-77-SANDS, [1].
  • The Palms [2] A beautiful island resort featuring 72 suites on the shores of Grace Bay Beach in The Turks & Caicos Islands.
  • Club Med Turkoise[3].



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