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Rich in history, the islands of Turks & Caicos were first inhabited by Taino and Lucayan Indians from as far back as AD 750. Christopher Columbus touched down on the island of Grand Turk during his discovery voyage of the New World in 1492. The original settlers' heritage of seafaring, salt raking and farming continues today.
Located in the Caribbean between the Bahamas and Dominican Republic, the Turks & Caicos Islands form an archipelago of forty islands and cays, of which only eight are inhabited. Turks & Caicos is recognized as one of the world's most desirable destinations. With its crystal clear blue waters, beautiful beaches, rich sea life, and idyllic climate, this location's natural beauty is extraordinary.
The Turks & Caicos Islands are a British Crown Colony with the Governor being appointed by the Queen. The legal system is based on English Common Law.
Providenciales, commonly called "Provo", is the center of most activity within the islands with its active tourism industry and offshore banking. It offers visitors a variety of accommodations, attractions, and activities. Famous for Grace Bay Beach that stretches for 12-miles, the lack of a Cruise port ensures Provo's integrity and pristine environment.
- English is the official language
- Currency is the U.S. dollar
- Electricity is 110 Volts (U.S. standard)
- Eastern Standard Time & Daylight Savings Time are observed
- Average temperature of 80-84 degrees in winter / 85-90 degrees in summer
- Average water temperature of 74-78 degrees in winter / 82-84 degrees in summer
"Casual restaurants are plentiful in the area but there is also a great selection of world class dining featuring Caribbean, Continental and Mediterranean cuisine and romantic dining under the stars.
To varying degrees, shopping is part of every vacation, and two of the must see destinations are the fashionable boutiques of Grace Bay Road and Regent Village. Here, the finest international brands and labels are displayed to address the need to return home with a very special souvenir."