Turks and Caicos Islands Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Turks and Caicos Islands

Where is it?: Caribbean, two island groups in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of The Bahamas, north of Haiti

Why do people go here?: It’s offshore where the real beauty of the Turks and Caicos Islands lay. The beaches are beautiful, but the diving is some of the best in the world.

What are the main entry points?: Flights from the US are the most frequent.

Currency used: US dollar (USD)

Country Code: 1-649

Religion: Baptist 40%, Methodist 16%, Anglican 18%, Church of God 12%, other 14%

Population: 40,000

Ethnic Breakdown: 90% Black, 10% Multiracial, North American, European,

Government: Overseas territory of the UK

Languages: English (official)

Travel Information

Major Cities: Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)

Attractions: Diving, Beaches, Salt Ponds

Accommodation: Turks and Caicos Islands Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Turks & Caicos- Islands Tourist Board (Main Office) PO Box 128, Pond Street Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Turks & Caicos Islands ;+1-649-946-2321, Fax 649-946-2733, tci.tourism@tciway.tc //www.interknowledge.com/turks-caicos/

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Skip the tourists and the heat and head to the islands in the late spring and early summer.

Specific Events/Holidays: Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)

Getting Around: Although tourism is a major industry, most of the area remains undeveloped. Flying between islands is your best bet, and you can only take taxis (or hire motorcycles) once you arrive on them.

Good to know: Is actually made up of 40 islands, only 8 of which are inhabited

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Turks and Caicos Islands Providenciales International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Turks and Caicos Islands travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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