Turks and Caicos
WHERE IS THE TURKS AND CAICOS?
Located southeast of the Bahamas, east of Cuba and north of the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos are a group of over forty islands and part of the British West Indies. Only nine of the islands are inhabited and Providenciales, locally known as Provo, is one of the largest and most developed.
Over the past decade, Providenciales has quickly become a luxury destination and a premier vacation spot for many celebrities. Grace Bay Beach, one of the islands most popular beaches, is also one of the top ten beaches in the world. The beauty doesn’t stop there as the entire island is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters and powdery white sand.
CONCH AND LOBSTER
Conch (pronounced ‘konk’) is almost a national symbol here in the Turks and Caicos. It is the country’s only export and Providenciales is home to the World’s only conch farm. If you are wary about trying this marine mollusk, no need to worry as it is prepared and cooked in a variety of ways and we guarantee that you’ll find a way that you like.
Lobster is the Turks and Caicos most popular crustacean and the season runs from August through March. If you are lucky enough to be visiting during those months, you will find it on almost every menu and you simply cannot leave the island without trying this tasty dish.
Although the Turks and Caicos are part of the British West Indies, the official currency is the U.S. Dollar. Almost all types of credit cards are accepted and you can find an ATM at any bank. Unfortunately Venmo does not work in the Turks and Caicos at this time.
The Turks and Caicos is known for its 350 days of sunshine. Average temperatures range from 75-95°F year round, cooler during with winter months (December - March) and hottest during the summer months (August-November). Turks and Caicos is know to have the lowest amount of rainfall throughout the year. When we do get rain, the storm clouds usually pass over the island within 15-20 minutes. The eastern side of the island is the windward side, tending to have a consistent breeze caused by trade winds coming from the east that get stronger throughout parts of the year. The western side of the island, the windward side is calmer with less wind. Regardless of the weather, the sun is extremely strong in the Turks and Caicos, so don’t be fooled by cloudy days as the UV rays can still shine through causing a quick sunburn.
Learn more about the Turks and Caicos from the official tourism websites.