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Turks And Caicos Islands

The Turks & Caicos Islands are located about 575 miles southeast of Miami. The Bahamas is located about 30 miles to the northwest and the Dominican Republic is located 100 miles to the southeast. The two island groups are separated by the 22-mile wide Columbus Passage. To the west is the Caicos group, which is composed of West Caicos, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos, and South Caicos. The Turks group, located to the east, includes Grand Turk and Salt Cay.

From the stylish resort and spa at Parrot Cay and full service hotels of Provo to the down-home bed and breakfasts on Grand Turk, accommodations on the islands vary in style and in price. Native dishes, along with international cuisine, are served at most restaurants throughout the islands. Island specialties include fresh lobster, conch fritters, jerk chicken, and coconut rum cheesecake.

Sporting activities are centered around water, where visitors can choose from deep-sea, reef or bone fishing, sailing excursions, windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, tandem skydiving, snorkeling, scuba diving, helmet diving and beachcombing. Land-based activities include tennis, golf, bicycling, horseback riding, soccer, squash and football.

Also, available on the island are a wide variety of spa and body treatment services, as well as hair styling and nail treatment. Nightlife includes local bands playing traditional island music at bars and restaurants, some nightclubs, and a casino on Providenciales.

The average year-round temperature in the Turks and Caicos is 83 degrees F or 28 degrees C. During September and October, temperatures can soar from 90 to 95 degrees F or 33 to 35 degrees C. The average rainfall varies between the Turks and Caicos Islands, with Caicos Island receiving more rain. Hurricane season usually runs from June through October.

Even though English is the official language, it not uncommon to hear accents from different parts of the Caribbean.

The United States dollar is the currency. The treasury also issues a Turks and Caicos crown and quarter. Traveler's checks in U.S. dollars are widely accepted and other currency can be changed at local banks. American Express, VISA and MasterCard are also welcome.

International airports are located on Grand Turk, North Caicos, Providenciales and South Caicos, with domestic airports on all of the islands except for West Caicos and East Caicos, which are uninhabited. American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Delta, U.S. Airways, British Airways, Air Jamaica Express and Bahamasair offer services to Providenciales. Inter-island services are provided by SkyKing, Air Turks & Caicos, Turks & Caicos Airways, among other local charters.

Passports are required when entering the island. In the absence of a passport, visitors from North America may use a birth certificate and photo identification instead. In addition, a return ticket is also necessary when visiting the Turks and Caicos.

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