About Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks & Caicos Islands lie 575 miles southeast of Miami, one hundred miles north of the Dominican Republic and thirty miles southeast of the Bahamas. Flying time is just ninety minutes . The Turks & Caicos Islands cover a land area of 193 square miles. The islands are surrounded by a continuous system of coral reef.
The two groups of islands that make up the TCI are separated by water, but their vegetation and land formation are similar. The islands are comprised of limestone and the land is well weathered. The northeastern sides of the islands are built up and form cliffs and ridges with many cracks, caves and holes that lead to the ocean. The southwestern coastlines of most of the islands are indented with creeks, mangrove swamps and tidal flats.
The majority of the "Belonger" population are descendents of Africans who were brought to the Caribbean with Bermudians in the 1700's to work on the salt pans and later with Loyalists to work on cotton plantations. There is also a growing number of "expatriate" residents of North American, European and Asian descent.
English is the official language in the Turks & Caicos Islands, however, a number of expatriate residents speaks Creole (spoken in the Haitian community), French, and Spanish.

What To See and Do

Essential 1

Caicos Conch Farm

Welcome to the First and Only Commercial Conch Farm in the World, the Caicos Conch Farm.

Essential 2

Cheshire Hall

The only plantation on Providenciales to have the full complement of stone structures, including a great house, slave quarters, a kitchen and cotton press bases.

Essential 3

Clear Kayaking & Eco-Tour

The Turks and Caicos Islands sit in the Caribbean Sea offers an eco-tourism-centered vacation with sea kayaking.

Essential 4

Grand Turk Lighthouse

Built in 1852, the lighthouse is Grand Turk's most famous landmark and is the only lighthouse in the country.

Essential 5

Humpback Whales

Every year between January and March, thousands of North Atlantic humpback whales migrate through the Columbus Passage that separates South Caicos and Grand Turk.

Essential 6

Horse Riding

Ride along the shores of Long Bay Beach, one of the most secluded beaches in the Caribbean

Essential 5

JoJo the Dolphin

JoJo is an extremely rare dolphin that voluntarily interacts with humans in his own natural ocean environment.

Essential 6

Middle Caicos Caves

Conch Bar Caves on Middle Caicos is the largest above-water cave system in the Bahamas-Turks and Caicos island chain.


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