The Turks and Caicos Island (TCI) are a British Overseas Territory about 575 miles from Miami, Florida. TCI consists of two groups of subtropical islands: the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands. TCI is known for its tourism, world class white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, offshore banking and many real estate opportunities. Covering 193 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, Turks and Caicos Islands has one of the longest coral reefs in the world, making it a premier diving destination.
With award winning beaches, diving, spas and resorts, its short travel time from many North American cities, and an average temperature of about 83º F (28º C), it is no wonder that TCI welcomes more than 200,000 visitors each year.
Of the more than forty islands and cays of TCI, only 8 are inhabited. The main tourist and financial center is Providenciales (Provo). Provo is the main urban center, with the largest population and is home to most of the resorts, condos and attractions. The other beautiful sister islands each offer their own unique beauty and warmth, and are reachable by boat and plane.
The political and administrative capital of TCI is Grand Turk. Cockburn Town has been the seat of government since 1766. This small island is bursting with turn-of-the-century Caribbean charm. It is now a port-of-call for cruise ships that have docked on its shores since 2006.
Salt Cay is a small remote island located just below Grand Turk. Both of these islands offer glimpses into Caribbean history with great Bermudian architecture and a rustic charm.
Inhabited for more than a century, West Caicos is home to the 500 acre (.78 miles²) Lake Catherine; a protected wildlife reserve, filled with pink roseate flamingoes, manta rays, sea turtles and other indigenous wildlife.
As the fourth largest of all the Islands, East Caicos remained uninhabited until the early 1900's. To the west, it is separated from Middle Caicos by a narrow creek passage that can accommodate only small boats. The ruins of Jacksonville, a sisal plantation, can still be seen on East Caicos.
The TCI is dedicated to the preservation of the natural beauty found on all our beaches, waters and land. Visitors come from near and far for the whale watching, diving, flamingo ponds, cave tours, nature preserves, bird watching, spectacular beaches and wildlife of Middle Caicos and North Caicos. They represent the best of the unspoiled environment in the Caribbean.
The small friendly island of South Caicos is the fishing capital of the country. It boasts the best natural harbor and several fishing plants, processing most of the TCI’s seafood harvest of lobster, conch and fish for export and local consumption. It is also known for its deep sea and scuba diving. Students from abroad come here to study marine and reef ecology. Visitors find South Caicos to be a quiet community of approximately 1200 friendly people with an interesting history and intriguing scenery worth exploring.
A favorite of British and Hollywood Royalty, Parrot Cay is the northern Caribbean's pre-eminent private island with the world’s most exclusive and luxurious spas and resorts. It has a rich history too. Legend has it that its original name was Pirate Cay, as it was a popular pirate hideout in the early 1700's.
Development of Pine Cay (TCI’s other private or “boutique” island) began in the 1970's, and is now a planned community, offering a family retreat and private club in a safe environment. An oasis of tranquility, Pine Cay is a private island of over 800 acres, of which nearly 600 acres remain wild.
As for the other popular Cays, Ambergris Cay prides itself on the ability to watch Humpback whales as they pass through Columbus Passage each year. French Cay is a peaceful sanctuary for migrating birds. Also found here is some spectacular diving off the wall of the Caicos Bank. Dellis is a well frequented stop by water sports operators because of its popular sand spit. Part of Princess Alexandra National Park is Little Water Cay; a sanctuary for the iguanas and ospreys, continuing TCI’s proud commitment to keep our lands and waters “Beautiful By Nature”.