While briefly under Spanish and French rule, Turks and Caicos have been British overseas territories for over 300 years. At one time, the islands were a major source of salt for the American colonies but tourism and fishing are now the most important industries; hardly surprising as the islands are blessed with 350 days of sunshine and no rainy season and are home to beaches that have been voted the best in the Caribbean year after year.
Turks and Caicos are comprised of many islands but only 8 are inhabited. More than 60% of the population live in Providenciales known locally as “Provo”. Provo thus has all the conveniences including an international airport, many car rental companies, a world class golf course, luxury hotels and resorts, shopping and many excellent restaurants.
Turks and Caicos is one of the safest of the Caribbean islands. There are only 30,000 people and it still retains the quiet ambience now difficult to find on other Caribbean islands.
Turks and Caicos average 350 days of sun per year with no rainy season ensuring that it is almost always a great day for the beach. The peak tourist season is December through April because most people from the north are trying to escape cold and ice in the winters. However, in the quieter times from May through November, the weather remains very pleasant with highs in the 80s moderated by trade winds especially if you are on the beach enjoying the lovely warm water. Storm season technically lasts from August to October, but during those months, most days are calm and warm and sunny as the storms rarely make direct landfall on Providenciales. With very few exceptions, it is safe to say that the forecast for the Turks and Caicos will be bright and sunny.
Turks and Caicos some facts
- One of the safest Caribbean Islands
- English, official language
- U.S. dollar official currency
- Many outstanding restaurants
- Numerous water sport activities
- Safe clean drinking water