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Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos Tour Guide

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Flights: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, US Airways

Best time to visit: December - February

Best Hotels: Amanyara , Turks and Caicos Club, Parrot Cay Resort

Turks and Caicos Overview

Turks and Caicos Overview

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Just southeast of the Bahamas, sit the eight main islands and 20 smaller islands known as the Turks and Caicos Islands. Known for the pleasant weather that never ventures below 75 degrees in the winter and whose 95 degrees in the summer is blissful with the cool tropical air, the islands have been a major vacation destination for years.

Hollywood stars like Bruce Willis and Eva Longoria regularly visit and hundreds of thousands come each year to enjoy the tropical weather, the 230 miles of beach front, and explore the great coral reefs just off the coast. There are plenty of modern amenities as well, complete with an Indy Racing track and a gorgeous 18-hole championship golf course. The Turks and Caicos Islands have everything and anything anyone needs to escape, beautiful weather, natural wonders, and man-made treasures.

1.  Points of Interest 

Bird Watching

Caicos Conch Farm

Cheshire Hall

Grand Turk Cruise Center

Grand Turk Lighthouse

Humpback Whales

JoJo the Dolphin

2. Geography 

The two island groups are in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Bahamas, north of Hispaniola, and about 600 miles (970 km) from Miami in the United States, at 21°45′N 71°35′W. The territory is geographically contiguous to the Bahamas, both comprising the Lucayan Archipelago, but is politically a separate entity. The Caicos Islands are separated by the Caicos Passage from the closest Bahamian islands, Mayaguana and Great Inagua.

The eight main islands and more than 20 smaller islands have a total land area of 238.0 square miles (616.4 km2),[3] primarily of low, flat limestone with extensive marshes and mangrove swamps and 230 miles (370 km) of beach front. The weather is usually sunny and relatively dry, but suffers frequent hurricanes. The islands have limited natural fresh water resources; private cisterns collect rainwater for drinking. The primary natural resources are spiny lobster, conch and other shellfish.
The two distinct island groups are separated by the Turks Passage.

3. Transportation 
Providenciales International Airport is the main entry point for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Altogether, there are seven airports, located on each of the inhabited islands. Five have paved runways (three of which are approximately 2000 metres long and one is approximately 1000 metres long), and the remaining two have unpaved runways (one of which is approximately 1000 metres long and the other is significantly shorter).
The islands have 121 kilometres of highway, 24 km paved and 97 km unpaved.
The territory's main international ports and harbours are on Grand Turk and Providenciales.
The islands have no significant railways.
4. Tourism 

The United States was the leading source of tourists in 1996, accounting for more than half of the 87,000 visitors; another major source of tourists is Canada. Tourist arrivals had risen to 264,887 in 2007.

The government is pursuing a two-prong strategy to increase tourism. Upscale resorts are aimed at the wealthy, while a large new cruise ship port and recreation centre has been built for the masses visiting Grand Turk. Turks and Caicos Islands has one of the longest coral reefs in the world, making it a premier diving destination

The French vacation village company of Club Mediterannee has a village called 'Turkoise' on one of the main islands. There, adults over 18 years are welcome to stay for a week at a time. They offer all-inclusive packages for hotel, sports activities, restaurant, and bar. Sports offered there are sailing academy, snorkeling excursions, scuba diving, organized landsports, kite surfing, and archery.

Several Hollywood stars have built homes in the Turks and Caicos, including Dick Clark and Bruce Willis. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were married on Parrot Cay. Actress Eva Longoria and her husband Tony Parker went to the islands for their honeymoon in July 2007 and High School Musical actors Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens went for a vacation there. Motivational speaker Eric Edmeades' official website indicates that he resides in Providenciales.

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