The Turks and Caicos Islands lie approximately 575 miles, or a 90 minute flight southeast of Miami, and about a 3 Â½ hour flight from New York. The Bahamas are located about 30 miles to the northwest and the Dominican Republic 100 miles to the southeast. The country consists of two island groups separated by the 22 mile wide Columbus Passage. To the west are the Caicos group composed of West Caicos, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and South Caicos. The Turks group located to the east includes Grand Turk and Salt Cay.
English is the official language however it is common to hear accents from around the Caribbean while visiting these shores.
Currency is the United States dollar. The treasury also issues a Turks and Caicos crown and quarter. Travelerâ€™s checks in U.S. dollars are widely accepted and other currency can be changed at local banks. American Express, VISA and MasterCard are welcomed at many locations.
International airports are located on Grand Turk, North Caicos, Providenciales and South Caicos, with domestic airports on all of the islands except for West Caicos and East Caicos, which are uninhabited. The following airlines offer services to Providenciales: American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Delta, U.S. Airways, British Airways, Air Jamaica Express and Bahamasair. Inter-island services are provided by SkyKing, Air Turks & Caicos, Turks & Caicos Airways among other local charters.
The average year-round temperature in the Turks and Caicos is 83 degrees F (28 degrees C). During September and October, temperatures can reach 90 to 95 degrees F (33 to 35 degrees C). The average rainfall varies between the Turks and Caicos
Islands, with Caicos Island receiving more rain. Hurricane season usually runs from June through October.
Passports are required when entering the island. Visitors from North America may use a birth certificate and photo identification in the absence of a passport. In addition, a return ticket is also necessary when visiting the Turks and Caicos.
From the renowned Provo properties including Amanyara, The Regent Palms, Grace Bay Club, The Somerset, Point Grace and Turks & Caicos Club, to the stylish resort and spa at Parrot Cay, to the down-home bed and breakfasts on Grand Turk â€“ the accommodations in the islands vary in style and price.
Native dishes along with international cuisine are served at most restaurants throughout the islands. Among the island specialties are fresh lobster, conch fritters, jerk chicken and coconut rum cheesecake.
Sporting activities are centered around water; visitors can choose from deep-sea, reef or bone fishing, sailing excursions, windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, tandem skydiving, snorkeling, scuba diving, helmet diving and beach combing. Land-based activities include tennis, golf, bicycling, horseback riding, soccer, squash and football. There are also a variety of spa and body treatment services on island, as well as hair styling and nail treatments. Nightlife includes local bands playing traditional island music at bars and restaurants, some nightclubs and a casino on Providenciales.
Honorable Dr. Michael Misick, Chief Minister of Turks and Caicos and Lindsey Musgrove, Director of Tourism
Tourism offices are located in Grand Turk and Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. Additional offices are located in New York, Canada and the UK.