Turks Caicos Islands Vacations

The Turks and Caicos are a group of 30 islands that are part of British Overseas Territory. Provincales is the largest island of the Caicos group with a population of 22,000. Many of the islands are uninhabited. There are only two islands are in the Turks group with the largest island being Grand Turk and having a population of 5000. The Turks and Caicos Islands are one of the small tropical archipelago nations in the Caribbean. Located just south of the Bahamas, the Islands of Turks and Caicos is home to luxury resorts, pristine marine paradise, amazing beaches, and lots of fine dining restaurants set in a beautiful tropical vacation destination. There is no doubt that you’ll love the warm ocean, crystal clear waters, and exquisite nature during your Turks and Caicos Islands vacation!

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GEOGRAPHY OF TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

Turks and Caicos Islands’ geography is that of an archipelago. It has 40 islands and cays spread over a 37-mile-long territory but only 12 of the islands are inhabited. The 2 main islands are the Turks Islands (Grand Turk) and the Caicos Islands (Providenciales). The main island groups are sitting on underwater plateaus, making the waters around them shallow and perfect for swimming.

Turks and Caicos is located 575 miles southeast of Florida and is technically in the Atlantic Ocean midway between the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas although it is commonly regarded as part of the Caribbean. The population is quite small at just around 31,000 but the locals make up for it with their rich culture. More than a million tourists visit the Turks and Caicos Islands every year, with about half going in by air travel and half via cruise ships.

The Islands of Turks and Caicos are a British Overseas Territory and have a locally elected government although international affairs are handled by the United Kingdom.

HISTORY OF TURKS AND CAICOS

Turks and Caicos have a long history and have had human settlements even before Christopher Columbus set foot on Grand Turk in 1492. The people of Taino and Lucayan Tribes were the early settlers and left their mark with words such as Caicos, Caribbean, and Canoe as well as the names of the different islands. In fact, the names “Turks” came from the indigenous “Turk’s head cactus” and the name “Caicos” came from the Lucayan term “Caya Hico” which means “strings of islands”. The Lucayan and Taino Tribes prospered on the islands for about 700 years before they were displaced by new settlers after 1492.

The Spanish and French captured the islands briefly in 1706 and was reclaimed by the British after 4 years, but not before the islands became a haven for British loyalists during the American Revolution as well as pirates. Turks and Caicos officially became part of the Bahamas colony in 1766. It wasn’t until 1962 when Jamaica won independence from Britain that the Turks and Caicos Islands became a British Crown colony on its own right.

The early 1980’s was a turning point in the modern history of Turks and Caicos Islands when it emerged as a booming tourism destination. After this, the islands became an international investing center, cementing its place in modern history as a paradise for the rich.

CULTURE OF TURKS AND CAICOS

The people living in the Turks and Caicos Islands are a mix of descendants of colonizers, indigenous people, and those who’ve migrated from nearby islands of the Caribbean. It is easy to get around because the primary spoken language is English although some locals speak Spanish and Haitian Creole as well. The primary currency in this overseas territory of the United Kingdom is the US dollar, mostly because of the thriving banking and tourism industries. The overall culture is cosmopolitan in a relaxed island setting.

LANDMARKS OF TURKS AND CAICOS ISLAND

*Turks and Caicos National Museum

If you’re having a vacation in Turks and Caicos for the culture, you can’t miss going to the Turks and Caicos National Museum. Located in eastern Grand Turk and has family-friendly exhibits, be sure to go after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to make sure that the museum is open to visitors.

* John Glenn Exhibit

Turks and Caicos used to be part of a space program. To see the collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the island’s space days, visit the John Glenn Exhibit.

*Caves of Conch Bar (Village Caves)

Located in Middle Caicos, the vast cave system of the Village Caves used to be a sanctuary of the Taino people. Today, it is home to 5 species of bats.

Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival is an annual event held every year that features numerous notable contemporary musicians from the USA. So if you are planning to attend the music festival and need a Turks and Caicos vacation rental, then plan ahead so you can book from our selection Turks and Caicos luxury villas or a Caicos house rentals.