Turks and Caicos Islandsare a British overseas territory located in the south-east of the Bahamas. An archipelago of around 40 islands and cays, divided into two groups, it has a combined land area of 417 km2.The Turks and Caicos Islands have several international airports, including the main point of entry in Providenciales, as well as others in Greater Turkey, North Caicos and South Caicos. This Caribbean region has experienced rapid economic growth in the two decades between the mid-1980s and the beginning of the 21st century, with an average annual increase of 8 percent in its gross domestic product (GDP). In 2002, the British government agreed to modify the status of its overseas territories, including the Turks and Caicos Islands, granting its citizens full British citizenship after instituting a series of financial and human rights reforms.Grand Turk is only about 6.5 square miles and is home to the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cockburn Town.
The archipelago covers an area of approximately 238 square miles, with a total land area of approximately 170 square miles and approximately 242 linear miles of coastline. The lack of arable land restricts agriculture on the islands, although some crops such as corn, beans, cassava, fruits and other subsistence crops are cultivated on the Western Caicos Islands. North Caicos, at 41 square miles (66 square kilometers), is often referred to as The Garden Island of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Provo is home to some of the Turks and Caicos Islands's top attractions, such as Grace Bay Beach, Leeward Beach, Chalk Sound National Park, Caicos Conch Farm, Sapodilla Bay, and the Northwest Point Marine National Park and Nature Reserve.
Here you will find information that may be useful to ensure that you are an exemplary environmental steward during your visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands.The transition to independence stalled and the Turks and Caicos Islands remained a British overseas territory. After a period of financial difficulties, the colony came under the authority of the British Governor General in Kingston (Jamaica) (1874-1895); since ships traveling between England and Jamaica passed through the Turks and Caicos Islands, communication with Kingston was much easier than with Nassau in the Bahamas.In total, Grand Turk is home to the second largest population at 17%, while 26% live on North Caicos. There is a modern hospital system comprising two state-of-the-art medical centers managed by InterHealth Canada: Cheshire Hall Medical Center in Providenciales and Cockburn Town Medical Center in Grand Turk.