Vacationing on Turks and Caicos
Located in the West Indies, a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea, the Turks and Caicos Islands are famed for their tourist amenities. The islands currently form a British Overseas Territory. They are located southeast of the Bahamas but north of both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Turks and Caicos Islands have less than 200 square miles of land area in total and a population that hovers around 45,000, with about half of this number living in the city of Provindenciales in the Caicos Islands.
Tourism on Turks and Caicos
More than half of all visitors to these islands come from the United States, with many of them opting for the comfort and convenience of vacation rental homes on Turks and Caicos instead of staying in impersonal hotels. Many Canadians also visit the island.
Many tourists arrive on cruise ships; to encourage this traffic, the local government has built a new port and recreation center.
One of the biggest draws to the island is the prospect of diving in the waters around the island. Turks and Caicos features one of the world's longest coral reefs, an underwater ecosystem that attracts many varieties of tropical fish.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are popular with several prominent Hollywood celebrities who have chosen to build vacation homes here. This group counts both Dick Clark and Bruce Willis in its number. In late summer, the islands feature the Turks Caicos Music and Cultural Festival. Lasting a week, the festival draws international recording artists to the islands. Past performers have included Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Alicia Keys, and LL Cool J.
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Below you will find writings from other Turks and Caicos vacation rental owners about the area they know best! It's a great way to learn first hand about the Turks and Caicos region and all that it has to offer!
Posted by Dana & Scott Jurak on Thursday, May 14, 2009
Turks and Caicos diving is unparallelled! The crystal clear waters and white sandy bottom create an environment for divers that is hard to believe. Visibility is almost always perfect. The proliferation of underwater life is evident in every dive. The whales, turtles, rays, eels, squid, sharks and dolphin are amazing. It is impossible to name all of the tiniest of creatures. Snorkeling in these crystal clear waters is also superb. Those who want to snorkel for the first time will experience the same awe as those who have done so many times. The island boasts a large menu of water sports: sailing, boating, parasailing, fishing, kite boarding, wind surfing, boogie boarding, water skiing, banana floats, deep sea fishing and simply lying on a float! The activities seem to be endless. Turks and Caicos has the beauty and the activity to captivate just about anyone who enjoys the sea!
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Posted by Bob Bouknight on Sunday, April 26, 2009
Recently the LA Times declared, "Once a secret hideaway for a handful of celebrities, the Turks & Caicos Islands are now on the hot list."
The Turks and Caicos Islands lie about one and a half hours flying time from Miami - with the Bahamas about 30 miles to the northwest. The country of Turks and Caicos totals 166 square miles of land area spread over 8 islands and 40 small cays.
The language spoken is English, the currency is the US dollar, and the electricity is suitable for all U.S. appliances. Grand Turk is the capital of Turks & Caicos, but the island of Providenciales, commonly referred to as “Provo”, is by far the country’s main tourist attraction.
Found throughout Turks & Caicos, vacation villas provide a wonderful alternative to crowded resorts for families or small groups looking for privacy and abundant living space.