About the Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a British Overseas Territory southeast of The Bahamas. The gateway island of Providenciales, known as Provo, is home to expansive Grace Bay Beach, with luxury resorts, villas, shops and restaurants. Scuba-diving sites include a 14-mile barrier reef on Provo’s north shore and a dramatic 2,134m underwater wall off the capitol island of Grand Turk.
Turks and Caicos
The Turks and Caicos Islands are 575 miles southeast of Miami, with The Bahamas 30 miles to the northwest and the Dominican Republic 100 miles to the southeast.
These islands have a total landmass that measures 166 square miles of land area on 40 islands and cays and are encircled by one of the three largest barrier reefs in the world.
The official language is British English, however, a few other languages are spoken by a multi-cultural resident population.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the weather like year-round?
A. The average temperature is 83°F (28°C). The hottest months are September and October when the temperature can reach 90° to 95°F (33°-35°C). Steady easterly trade winds temper the heat.
Q. Does it rain often in Turks and Caicos?
A. The average yearly rainfall is 40 inches.
Q. How do I get to Turks and Caicos?
A. Providenciales International Airport is the main point of entry for air travellers. Direct flights are available via major carriers from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas (seasonal), Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia in the U.S., and from Halifax (seasonal) and Toronto in Canada. There is a connection via Antigua through London/Gatwick, as well as direct flights to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nassau and Puerto Rico.
Q. How do I visit the other Turks and Caicos Islands?
A. There are regularly scheduled inter-island air services with interCaribbean Airways and Caicos Express Airways, and ferry services with Caribbean Cruisin'/TCI Ferry. There are also FBOs like Blue Heron FBO that cater to private planes.
Q. What time zone is Turks and Caicos in?
A. Turks and Caicos follows Eastern Standard Time with Daylight Saving Time observed.
Q. Does Turks and Caicos have its own currency?
A. The single currency used in Turks and Caicos is U.S. currency. U.S. dollar, traveller's cheques, American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards are welcomed at most locations.