Turks and Caicos Islands, or TCI, is a British Overseas Territory in the western Atlantic Ocean. It is comprised of two groups of tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago: Turks Islands and the larger Caicos Islands. The islands are primarily known for tourism, with an offshore financial centre. It has a total area of 616.3 square kilometres. The capital is Cockburn Town, situated on Grand Turk Island. The islands are also known to contain homes of several Hollywood celebrities, including Bruce Willis and Dick Clark. Luckily, TCI is not exclusive for just celebrities. It offers world-class hotels, beaches, spas, and restaurants, making it the perfect island getaway.
Where to go
Clear Kayaking & Eco Safari in Grand Turk - The turquoise waters in Grand Turk are breath-taking, as are the abundant marine life found in them. Kayaking is popular in Turks and Caicos Islands, with experienced and knowledgeable guides to help visitors throughout the experience and glass bottom kayaks to allow visibility without getting into the water. Even those who have never tried kayaking before should have no problem with the activity. Afterwards, visitors will be shown some wonderful and exotic sea creatures, and even allowed to touch some of them.
Conch World Deluxe Tour & Tasting - Queen Conch, or lobatus gigas, is a species of large edible marine snail. It is not only used in cuisine, but is also an important symbol of the Turks and Caicos. Visitors are invited to discover and learn more about the history, the life cycle, and the importance of the Queen Conch through a series of exhibits and a video presentation. Of course, tourists are also invited to sample the best conch in the world, as well as the famous "Porcupine Spike" fruit/rum punch.
Bird Watching - Turks and Caicos Islands is home to a wide variety of birds. Thanks to the salt ponds and inland marshes that make for the perfect feeding grounds for both resident and migratory birds, about 170 bird species can be found in TCI. Over 12 small cays are protected to serve as breeding grounds. Some of the birds that inhabit the country are pelicans, flamingos, boobies, egrets, terns, and the rare West Indian Whistling-Duck.
Thanks to its close proximity with the United States of America, many of the flights to and from Turks and Caicos Islands operate between the islands and US cities. The city of New York offers a completely different setting, which is not exactly a bad thing if you're into the urban environment. New York City is known to be a place where you can get a sandwich and a handbag at 3:00 a.m., point being that it truly is a city that never sleeps. From iconic skyscrapers, sculptures, parks, galleries, entertainment centres, and more, New York has a whole lot to offer.
The only direct long haul destination served by the main airport in Turks and Caicos Islands is London, the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Visit here the world famous landmarks including the Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Tower of London, the Imperial War Museum, and Madam Tussauds wax museum.
How to get out
Providenciales International Airport, located on the island of Providenciales, is the main international airport in Turks and Caicos Islands. InterCaribbean Airways has flights to Port-au-Prince, San Juan, Santiago (DR), Santo Domingo, Cap-Haïtien, and Kingston, among others. Airlines with flights to the Americas are Delta Air Lines, US Airways, JetBlue Airways, and American Airlines, with regular flights to Dallas, New York, Charlotte, Miami, and Atlanta, as well as seasonal flights to Boston, Houston, and Philadelphia. WestJet and Air Canada both fly to Toronto, while British Airways operates to Antigua, London, and Nass.