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BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE ISLANDS
The Turks and Caicos are a small group of islands that lie at the southern end of the Bahamas, to the east of Cuba and north of Hispaniola. Although referred to as the Caribbean region the Turks and Caicos are in the North Atlantic Ocean. The Turks and Caicos are low lying sedimentary islands that are made out of limestone. In contrast, the larger Caribbean islands are predominantly volcanic and mountainous. Click here to Read More
Official language: English
Currency: United States dollar
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard
Governance: UK Territory
Electricity: 110 volt/60 cycle
Cellphone: GSM & CDMA (4G)
|ISLAND||MAIN TOWN||POPULATION*||SIZE SQ.
|Grand Turk||Cockburn Town||4,831||6.95||18||Capital island / scuba diving / salt raking roots / closed US military bases / cruise ship terminal|
|Salt Cay||Balfour Town||108||2.6||6.74||Sleepy island/small population/salt raking history/donkeys/quaint homes|
|Providenciales||Blue Hills||23,769||37||98||Tourism / Int. airport / luxury resorts / condo / hotels / villas / restaurants / shops / spas / water-sports|
|West Caicos||0||11||28||Scuba diving / snorkeling / fishing / Lake Catherine / Yankee Town ruins / abandoned resort|
|North Caicos||Bottle Creek||1,312||44.94||116.4||Farming / C18th cotton plantations (ruins) / Flamingo Pond Reserve / north beaches / Bottle Creek|
|Middle Caicos||Conch Bar||168||55.7||144.2||Low population / limestone caves / Mudjin Harbour / boat building / C18th cotton plantations|
|East Caicos||0||32||82.9||Remote / wild donkeys / historic caves / C19th sisal plantations, guano mining & cattle ranch|
|South Caicos||Cockburn Harbour||1,139||8.2||21.2||Salt raking / fishing / annual boat regatta / scuba diving|
|Pine Cay||<30||1.2||3.2||Private island and homes / Meridian Club resort / Caicos Pine trees|
|Parrot Cay||131||1.56||4.05||Luxury Resort and private homes / celebrity guests / C18th pirate hideout|
|Big Ambergris Cay||<20||1.74||4.5||Private island & homes / skeleton staff only / luxury development on hold / iguanas / diverse flora|
Table: Showing landmass, population and key aspects of each island in the Turks and Caicos.
* Based on 2012 census. The population is likely larger today on most of the islands due to increased birth rates and migration.
˜ The size of the islands above are measured within the high water mark. Many of the islands will have larger areas within the circumference of their total shorelines. For example, the total size of North Caicos increases to 80 sq. miles (207 sq.km) when its extensive tidal wetlands are included.
The low lying islands contain no rivers or freshwater lakes although the limestone bedrock stores rainwater as a freshwater lens beneath the surface. While this helps to mould the interior landscape, the Turks and Caicos are dominated by the forces of the ocean and atmosphere. The naturally dry conditions do not promote lush vegetation, instead the islands host a variety of tropical dry forests and coastal shrubland. Many of these, rather like the land animals, have fostered remarkable adaptations to the arid conditions. The Turk’s Head Cactus is one of the national plants.
The clear, warm waters that surround the Turks and Caicos promote coral reef, mangrove and sea grass communities. These diverse ecosystems are home to a wide variety of marine animals. Many are permanent residents, others follow timeless migration patterns or drift through the archipelago on the whim of the currents. You can spend a lifetime exploring and learning about the fascinations of the tropical sea and it is a major reason people love to visit and experience the natural world of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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