Holidays in Turks and Caicos Islands
Settle yourself into the laid-back atmosphere on Turks and Caicos holidays, even in the capital, Cockburn Town. Wander its streets, lined with 18th- and 19th-century colonial lamps and buildings. Enter holiday paradise on the Turks and Caicos holiday island of Providenciales, with long sandy beaches and reef diving. Or head to lush North Caicos to see the pink flamingos.
Dive in the clear blue waters off Grand Turk to see its impressive coral reefs on holidays in Turks and Caicos. Go horseriding along the five miles of white sand at Grace Bay Beach on your Turks and Caicos holiday. Take a boat trip from Salt Cay to spot humpback whales.
Taste the French influence in Providenciales' local cuisine on Turks and Caicos holidays. Toast your Turks and Caicos holiday with rum cocktails and feast on seafood at waterfront eateries in Turks and Caicos' Cockburn Town. Snack on fresh fried fish, washed down with a Turks Head beer, at a beachfront diner on North Caicos during your holidays in Turks and Caicos.
The Turks and Caicos consist of 40 different islands and cays, only 8 of which are inhabited. The islands of the Turks and Caicos are almost as diverse as its people. From the main tourist center of Providenciales to the quiet and tranquil islands of North and Middle Caicos to the historic Capital Island of Grand Turk; each one offers a different experience and a unique character but all offer year round great climate, beaches and underwater activities. The main islands are :
Providenciales, or more commonly known as "Provo", covers an area of 38 miles and is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. It is here where most international flights arrive at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS). Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, Provo has been ranked "Best Beach" by Conde' Nast magazine and by the World Travel Awards for several years running. Found on the western end of the island chain, Provo offers all modern conveniences and luxury hotels & resorts.
It is one of the key historic attractions on Providenciales. The 200 year-old ruins of this former cotton plantation are striking against a backdrop of the modern day island. The building ruins have been carefully preserved by the National Trust and offer spectacular views of the island. The plantations survived for about 30 years before soil exhaustion, drought and the hurricane in 1812 destroyed them. Back in the day, the plantation included thousands of acres and 384 slaves. Today, the ruins provide an eerie and interesting way to spend an hour or two on the island.
Five flamingo tour
A scenic boat ride from Providenciales to Sandy Point North Caicos….where the eager Driver and Host awaits you to discover the mystique of Middle and North Caicos. From experiencing the Slave Plantations of Wade’s Green in North Caicos to the Caves in Middle Caicos or simply relaxing for awhile or taking a stroll on Mudjin Habour Beach
Grand Turk and Salt Cay offer a glimpse into Caribbean history with great Bermudian architecture and a rustic charm as well as some of the best diving and probably the most "relaxing" time you will ever have. Grand Turk is also home to a brand new cruise ship center. There are many things to do in Grand Turk. Scuba Diving may be this island's main attraction, but don't let that stop you from exploring the island's history, culture and local people, also known as 'belongers'.
The town itself is well suited for a walking tour. Duke and Font Streets are lined with historic 18th and 19th century landmarks that reflect the Bermudan style architecture of the salt era with its narrow colonial streets. Two of these buildings are now popular inns, another in the governor's residence, other government offices, the public library, churches and private residence and fraternities.
At the Turks & Caicos National Museum you will find a central exhibit that tells the story of the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest European shipwreck discovered in the Western Hemisphere (dated around 1505). It also discloses the rich cultural and natural diversity of the islands. Other historic sites include the Lighthouse, Fire hill and the Hawks Nest Anchorage.
Blue Water Divers and Bohio Dive Resort are the best places to experience Grand Turk diving.
North Atlantic Humpback Whales are seen around the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay during the months of late January through early April. These magestic creatures pass through our area as part or their annual migration for mating and birth. While on a whale watching trip you will not only have the opportunity to encounter these amazing creatures by sight, you will also learn many interesting and educational facts. You can combined a morning of great diving where you may be able to hear the songs of the whales while under water and an afternoon of whale watching from the boat. A must see and hear experience.
You will find the lighthouse keepers residence, as well as the kerosene storage building, built of local limestone blocks. At night, the lighthouse was often the only guidepost mariners had to steer them away from the treacherous Northeast reef, extending eastward far out to sea and was responsible for an untold number of shipwrecks.
Middle Caicos and North Caicos represent the best of the environment, with lush green woodlands, the biggest cave network in the Caribbean on Middle Caicos, cottage pond and flamingo pond in North Caicos and a vast range of plant life and birdlife. North Caicos is also an up and coming resort destination with several new projects under development.
South Caicos is the center for fishing, with lobster and conch exported from the islands, the historic Cockburn harbor and the natural phenomenon of the boiling hole. This small yet friendly island offers many secluded beaches with awe inspiring views of the turquoise waters and surrounding islands.
Parrot Cay and Pine Cay are privately owned islands and are home to the most exclusive resorts Parrot Cay Resort and Spa and the Meridian Club.
Dependant of the United Kingdom; member of the Commonwealth
A governor and a prime minister
Cockburn Town on Grand Turk
tourism, fishing, off-shore banking
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