TURKS AND CAICOS
(Territory of the UK)
Capital | Cockburn Town
Population | 23,528
Area | 430 SQ KM
Official Language | English
Holidays | Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)
Currency | the US dollar is used
Time Zone | UTC -5
Best Time to Visit | Mid-April and July
Connecting with the Culture | Enjoying a picnic with iguanas and flamingos on West Caicos. Hiking the well-designed paths of Middle Caicos. Exploring the underground caverns of Conch Bar Caves National Park, complete with lagoons, stalactites and stalagmites, colonies of bats and drawings by Lucayan Indians. Wall diving or windsurfing off Grand Turk. Spending time in Salt Cay, a blend of historic buildings and amazing beaches.
Read | A Summer on the Borders of the Caribbean Sea by J. Dennis Harris, a classic 19th- century travelogue.
Eat | conch
Drink | rum
In a Word | TI’s or Belongers (the islander’s names for themselves)
Characteristics | lavish resorts, cocktails sipped in casinos, world-class bird watching, excellent diving
Surprises | Technically the Turks and Caicos (like the Bahamas) lie outside the Caribbean Sea; they are washed on the north and east by the Atlantic and on the south and west by the Gulf Stream.