Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) consist of two groups of islands, together being 40, within the span of 230 miles. These islands are part of the Lucayan Archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Using the U.S. dollar as its official currency, Turks and Caicos Islands are not only rich in natural beauty, but also business opportunities. These characteristics contribute to TCI being a world renowned tourist spot, alongside an offshore financial center.Geography and Biodiversity
Formed by coral reefs, TCI consist of low-lying islands and have a generally low land elevation. Some exceptions include Blue Hill on the Providenciales island and Flamingo Hill on the East Caicos Island, which are each over 150 ft. TCI also consists of sizable marshes and swamps, alongside 128 square miles of beaches. The climate is commonly dry, with sun almost every day of the year. In this environment, TCI is home to a variety of diverse plants and animals. Some notable species include four types of indigenous cacti species, the Tiny Greenhouse frog which is an indigenous species, and Potcake dogs which roam all of the individual islands.Languages
The official language is English, however, some also speak TCI Creole. Due to its proximity to Cuba and other spanish-speaking islands, Haitian Creole and Spanish have also become common through immigration. Culture
A notable cultural fact is that ripsaw music originated in Turks and Caicos. It is created by using the common handsaw, and scraping it with a variety of materials, and accompanied with drums, box guitar, concertina, triangle and the accordion. Other music genres include reggae, and Calypso music. TCI’s most popular sports are sailing, soccer and cricket. Food options, due to their climate, are seafood based with popular local dishes such as conch fritters and conch salad. Activities
Grace Bay Beach, located on the Providenciales island, is World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination
. It is open to the public with white sand, clean turquoise water and no seaweed or pollution. Another attraction on Providenciales is Smith’s Reef which is a popular snorkeling site. It has several distinct reef systems and also entails seeing animals such as StingRays and fish. For animal lovers, one would also enjoy Provo Ponies adventures, where you can take a tour horseback riding along the beach.Good Eats
After visiting the Grace Bay Beach, stop by Coco Bistro for some fresh local cuisine. It is known for its fresh seafood and Caribbean touches. The Turk’s Head Brewery makes four of their own beers in house, they offer the best tours in the Caribbean. Lastly, Grace’s Cottage offers a beautiful outdoor seating, under gazebos, and is known for its elevated seafood options.
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