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Turks and Caicos Islands

Background

Turks and Caicos Islands

The islands were part of the UK's Jamaican colony until 1962, when they assumed the status of a separate crown colony upon Jamaica's independence. The governor of The Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands remain a British overseas territory.

About

The Turks and Caicos Islands are two groups of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Bahamas.

Even though you only boarded the plane in Miami, Florida a scant hour before, the moment you step off the plane, you know you are in a different world. The tropical breeze hits you as you step onto the tarmac, and you start looking forward to the incredible scuba diving that awaits. Although definitely not one of the prettiest (at least above water) of the islands, it has its own charms that come from being a mostly undiscovered tourist destination.

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Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos IslandsParrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat 

Parrot Cay
P.O. Box 164
Providenciales
Turks and Caicos Islands

Price (US$): $550 - $2050 / night

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Location. Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat is located on the beach in Providenciales's Five Cays neighborhood, close to Turtle Cove. Other points of interest are Sibonne Beach and Salt Mills Plaza. Hotel Features. Dining options at Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary full breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool,… more »

Turks and Caicos IslandsGrace Bay Club 

Grace Bay Circle Road
P.O. Box 128 Grace Bay
Providenciales
Turks and Caicos Islands

Price (US$): $1950 - $2525 / night

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Location. Grace Bay Club is located on the beach in Providenciales, close to Sibonne Beach, Turtle Cove, and Salt Mills Plaza. The Regent Village Shopping Mall is also a point of interest near this luxury hotel. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include 2 outdoor swimming pools. Also located on site are outdoor tennis courts and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, and facials. This 4.5 star property has a 24 hour… more »

Turks and Caicos IslandsGansevoort Turks And Caicos 

Lower Bight Road
Grace Bay Beach
Providenciales
Turks and Caicos Islands

Price (US$): $750 - $1150 / night

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Location. Gansevoort Turks And Caicos is located on the beach in Providenciales, close to Turtle Cove, Sibonne Beach, and Salt Mills Plaza. The Regent Village Shopping Mall is also a point of interest near this luxury hotel. Hotel Features. Gansevoort Turks And Caicos's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A beach bar is open for drinks. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility.… more »

Turks and Caicos IslandsThe Regent Grand on Grace Bay Beach 

Regent Street
Providenciales NA
Turks and Caicos Islands

Price (US$): $874 - $2460 / night

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Location. The Regent Grand on Grace Bay Beach is located on the beach in Providenciales's Grace Bay neighborhood, close to The Regent Village Shopping Mall, Sibonne Beach, and Salt Mills Plaza. Another point of interest is Turtle Cove. Resort Features. The Regent Grand on Grace Bay Beach features a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a fitness facility. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas.… more »

Turks and Caicos IslandsWest Bay Club 

Lower Bight Road Bldg A
Grace Bay
Providenciales BWI
Turks and Caicos Islands

Price (US$): $725 - $726 / night

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Location. West Bay Club is located on the beach in Providenciales, close to Turtle Cove, Sibonne Beach, and Salt Mills Plaza. The Regent Village Shopping Mall is also a point of interest near this luxury hotel. Hotel Features. West Bay Club's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and complimentary bicycles. The property's full service health spa has body… more »

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Turks and Caicos Islands

Capital
Cockburn Town
Location

Caribbean, two island groups in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of The Bahamas, north of Haiti

Geographic coordinates

21 45 N, 71 35 W

Area comparative

2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

389 km

Climate

tropical; marine; moderated by trade winds; sunny and relatively dry

Terrain

low, flat limestone; extensive marshes and mangrove swamps

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Flamingo Hill 48 m

Natural resources

spiny lobster, conch

Population

23,528 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

black 90%, mixed, European, or North American 10%

Religions

Baptist 40%, Anglican 18%, Methodist 16%, Church of God 12%, other 14% (1990)

Languages

English (official)

Government type

NA

Independence

none (overseas territory of the UK)

National holiday

Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Gordon WETHERELL (since 5 August 2008)

Head of government

Governor Gordon WETHERELL (since 14 August 2009); note - the office of premier is suspended by the Order in Council, effective 14 August 2009

Internet country code

.tc

Airports

8 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Cockburn Harbour, Grand Turk, Providenciales

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