Turks & Caicos

by Carrie Thompson  

Turks & CaicosTurks & Caicos is a British overseas territory, like Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Montserrat. The territory is made up of eight main islands and a few dozen smaller islands. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your view), mega-resorts are planning on taking over several of the beautiful uninhabited islands throughout Turks & Caicos. Luckily, several of the islands are protected as National Parks. These islands are home to great beaches and diving. They make a great place to sit back and relax for a few days.

Language

English is the official language in Turks & Caicos.

Money

The U.S. Dollar is the official currency of Turks & Caicos. To find out about the conversion rates, visit our currency converter.

Accommodations

Budget accommodations are out of the question, with even two star properties starting at over $200 per night.

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Food and Drinks

There are numerous restaurants found throughout the islands, with various ethnic foods represented. Many accommodations are all inclusive so you may spend most of your time dining at the resort.

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Getting There & Around

Flights are offered by Sky King, Air Turks and Caicos, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Delta Airlines, Air Canada, West Jet, British Airways and US Airways. South Caicos and Grand Turk both have entry facilities at the government docks for private boats. Cruise ships often stop at one of the islands.

Travel between the islands is easy with frequent flights and ferries.

Taxis are popular to get around once you reach your destination.

Electronics

Electricity on Turks & Caicos is 110 volt/60 cycle, so U.S. appliances will work like a charm. Travelers from other countries may need a converter.

Holidays

Holidays and events aren’t as much of a spectacle on Turks & Caicos as they are on neighboring islands.

Things to Do

Diving is probably the number one reason to visit Turks & Caicos, but there are hoards of other things to do on the islands. You can check out the colonial towns on Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Birders can visit Cottage Pond and Flamingo Pond in North Caicos to view a vast range of plant life and birdlife. On South Caicos, fishing is the name of the game. You can visit the historic Cockburn Harbor and the natural phenomenon of the boiling hole. From December to April, you can spot the migrating humpback whales. Several of the deserted islands offer the chance to glimpse the endangered island iguanas. You can visit the Caicos Conch Farm, the historic ruins of Cheshire Hall cotton plantation, the Grand Turks Lighthouse, explore the most extensive cave system in the Caribbean or visit “the hole” a 40 foot natural hole with a swimming hole at the bottom.

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