Learn About the Turks & Caicos Islands
The Turks and Caicos are 40 different islands and cays, only eight of which are inhabited. The islands of the Turks and Caicos are as diverse as their people, and that is why so many travelers choose TCI for Caribbean holidays and destination weddings. From the main tourist center of Providenciales (known to the locals as “Provo”) 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 boasts a unique character, but all offer sublime climate, spectacular beaches, and a world of underwater activities that run all year round.
The best way to experience the Turks and Caicos Islands is to visit several of the islands in the chain. That is probably why most visitors return on a regular basis. Those who opt for destination weddings on Turks and Caicos usually do more than just honeymoon here. They come back for more. Most of the islands are only about 10 to 25 minutes by air from Provo and most can be reached by boat as well. There are also regular ferries from North Caicos to Middle Caicos.
Providenciales is the most popular of the Turks and Caicos Islands and is the center of the tourism industry with a wide range of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and facilities. 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 you will ever experience. Grand Turk is also home to a brand new cruise ship center. The tenor of Caribbean holidays will be different on each of the islands.
Middle Caicos and North Caicos represent the best of nature, with lush green woodlands, the biggest cave network in the Caribbean (on Middle Caicos), Cottage Pond and Flamingo Pond (on North Caicos), and a vast range of plant and bird life. North Caicos is also an up-and-coming hotel destination with several new projects under development.
South Caicos is the fishing center, with lobster and conch exporting, 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 home to the most exclusive hotels: Parrot Cay Resort and Spa and the Meridian Club – the poshest of Caribbean holidays.
Development is under way in previously uninhabited West Caicos (future home of a Ritz Carlton Hotel), Ambergris Cay (site of the exclusive Turks and Caicos Sporting Club), and Dellis Cay (where a major lifestyle resort to be run by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has just been announced). Future brides in destination weddings yet to be are no doubt already dreaming of these places.
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