The beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands are situated 575 miles southeast of Miami and 39 miles south east of Mayaguana in the Bahamas. Covering 193 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Turks and Caicos Islands has the third largest coral reef system in the world, making it a premier diving and snorkelling destination.
One of the most valuable possessions of the islands are the pristine white sandy beaches, which in total cover 230 miles and are complimented with crystal clear turquoise waters. The islands are relatively flat but depending on the island, the terrain can vary from sand dunes to lush green vegetation. There are eight inhabited islands: Salt Cay, Grand Turk, South Caicos, Parrot Cay, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales and Pine Cay. East Caicos and West Caicos along with several other fascinating cays are uninhabited. People on the islands known as “Belongers” are known for their friendly spirit, which helps ensure this is a very safe destination.
The Tourism industry gives Turks and Caicos its main revenue. In addition to this the country is also a major offshore financial center. There is a small traditional fishing industry that continues throughout the Turks and Caicos islands. The island of Providenciales is our main tourist island, you will find International style hotel accommodations, each one has its own unique set up and surroundings with most of them being located on the beach. Native dishes such as fresh fish and peas and rice are served along with international cuisine, you will find this at most of the restaurants. More casual, rustic and intimate accommodations can be found on the other islands and smaller cays.
In the year 2000 it was estimated that the Turks and Caicos Islands population was between 20,000 and 25,000 residents.