About Turks & Caicos

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About Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos is a small British Overseas Territory found between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. The country is made up of six main inhabited islands and many smaller islands and cays. Providenciales aka Provo is 37.5 square miles making it the fourth largest in land mass and the northwestern most island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago, by far the most populated, most developed and the center of tourism. The ambience of the islands is laid back and friendly.


The islands were a dependency of the Bahamas until 1874 when control was assumed by the Jamaican government. In 1962 they became a British Commonwealth Colony. Today the islands are self-governing, with British diplomatic representation provided by a resident Governor. The seat of government and the Governor’s mansion are based in the country’s capital, Grand Turk.

The Turks and Caicos islands have a hot and dry tropical climate, usually getting between 500 to 600 mm of rain a year. With an approximate 46 days of rainfall per year, the islands are considered arid. The rainy season is short and insignificant, from October to December. That is when the rainfall is at its peak, with an estimated 6 days of rain each month. During the dry season, from January to October, there are usually only two days of rain per month.

To get to The Turks and Caicos Islands, all scheduled international flights arrive at Providenciales International Airport (PLS). To enter the country, a valid passport is needed, along with a return ticket.

FAQ

Money:

United States Dollar. Visa and MasterCard are commonly accepted. ATM machines are accessible at several locations on the island

Electricity:

The US standard for electricity is used; 110 Volts, 60 Hz, US-style receptacles.

Mobile phones:

You should have no problem with your GSM phone, aka SIM card phone if your service provider is a major company that has a roaming agreement with LIME, Digicel or IslandCom. Be sure to ask your provider before you arrive.

Time Zone:

Eastern Standard Time or GMT-5. Same as New York City

For more detailed information about the islands,  «Visit Turks and Caicos Islands» website