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Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos islands consist of 40 islands lower than at sea level and for the most part undeveloped, boast miles of white sand beaches and fine as talcum powder, superb backdrops, hotels and gourmet restaurants. Many of the underwater excitement is off the Turks, where the barriers to admire dives are outstanding, and along West Caicos and Provo. Sport fishing is a big attraction and international mangrove salt flats offer an ideal habitat for the bleak (bonefish).

Providenciales (known as Provo) is the real hub for tourism. The pearl of the island is Grace Bay, a strip of velvety sand 19 km. Even in Provo, acres of inland lakes frequented by white herons and pink flamingos are a paradise for lovers of bird-watching. About twenty miles from Provo is North Caicos, made verdant by heavy rainfall, with tall trees and lush vegetation. The southern part of North Caicos is swampy with wide estuaries where there is a large colony of West Indian flamingoes. North Caicos is very popular among those who buy holiday homes, especially near Whitby, with its 11 kilometers of pristine beaches.

On Middle Caicos, you can hire a local guide and head for a place called Conch Bar where, in a labyrinth of caves, you can admire the limestone formations and see swarms of bats that live inside. Elsewhere, recent archaeological excavations have uncovered ancient Lucayan artifacts dating back more than 1200 years ago. The uninhabited islands of East and West Caicos are lined with fine beaches accessible by boat; the island of South Caicos was once known for its production of salt. Today, however, has a fishing port and for berthing of yachts and miles of deserted beaches.

The capital and seat of government is located east of Columbus Passage in Grand Turk, where visitors can tour several restored churches and the Turks and Caicos National Museum. From January to March, visitors flock to nearby Salt Cay to spot humpback whales during their annual migration to the Silver Banks off the coast of Hispaniola.

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES: Airports: GDT: Grand Turk. PLS Providenciales (XSC). Flying: Atlanta 2 hours 30 minutes. Boston: 3 hours. Charlotte: 3 hours. Miami: 1 hour 20 minutes. Nassau: 2 hours. New York: 4 hours. London: 8 hours. From Grand Turk to Provo: 25 minutes.

British Airways operates flights from Gatwick with direct flights to Nassau in the Bahamas, arriving in Providenciales (PLS). Connections are available with direct flights to Miami and New York with American Airlines and flights to Jamaica with Air Jamaica Express. There are two local airports; Grand Turk (GDT) and South Caicos (XSC).

Climate: Summer: Max / Min 32.2 / 28.3 ° C. Winter: Max / Min 24/21 ° C. Average humidity 35%. Precipitation averages 53 cm. Indicative Timetable alba: Summer 06:00. Winter 06:30. Indicative sunset time: 19:00 summer. Winter 17:00.

DINING: Restaurants available: international, local, Chinese, Caribbean, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, French. Mance when the service is not taken into account.

LANGUAGE: English.

NIGHT LIFE: Discos, nightclubs, dinner dances, live music, casinos, festivals throughout the year.

Grand Turk: Governor’s Beach. Victoria Public Library. Faro. Whale watching between January and April. Turks and Caicos National Museum on Front Street. The cultural history of the islands, their discovery and the impact of European settlement, natural history and politics and the role played in space exploration in the twentieth century, all of this is mentioned in the museum. Turks Inn. Waterloo Governor’s House. Governor’s Beach.
Middle Caicos: Mudjin Harbour Beach. Bambarra Beach, craft demonstrations, races sailboats and caves. Salt Cay: the remains of the places where the salt was produced – as the White House, North Shore Beach, underwater wrecks and whale watching between January and April.
Provo: The Hole. Conch Farm. Rock Carvings on the rock made ​​by shipwrecked sailors on Sapodilla Hill. It is recommended to tour the island.
North Caicos: Pond Cottage. Wades Green. Plantation ruins, the remains of the plantation. Flamingo Pond, pond flamingos. It is recommended to tour the island.
South Caicos: Boiling Hole. Cockburn Harbour. Lobster Plants. Long Cay.

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