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General

Turks & Caicos Islands is a spectacular destination for those who wish to get away from it all. One of the most valuable possessions of the islands are their pristine white sandy beaches, which are complemented with crystal clear turquoise waters. In addition, there are numerous national parks, nature preserves, sanctuaries and historical sites.

Despite an increase in tourist numbers (tourism is the islands’ main source of revenue), the islands remain largely non-commercialised and unspoilt with small, personal places to stay and a heavy emphasis on eco-tourism.

There are six principal islands and numerous small cays, most of which are uninhabited.

The Caicos Islands

West Caicos

The westernmost island has an abrupt coastline leading to deep water that is ideal for fishing and scuba diving. Uninhabited, it is currently only visited by sailors, fishermen and thousands of seabirds.

Providenciales

This island is the centre of the country's major tourist development. The main tourist centre lies around Turtle Cove, with its peaceful yacht basin, and Grace Bay.

Little Water Cay

Known for its variety of bird life, this small cay is being developed as a nature resort.

Pine Cay

Pine Cay is inhabited mostly by tropical birds and iguanas, and has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caicos Islands, if not the whole Caribbean. The northern end has many freshwater lakes with species of saltwater fish brought here by Hurricane Donna in 1960. Part of the Caicos Cays National Underwater Park is located here. The reefs of the Caicos bank, with their rich variety of corals and vividly coloured fish, are a must-see.

Parrot Cay

Parrot Cay lies between Providenciales and North Caicos. Once a private island which used to be a hideout for legendary pirates such as Annie Bonnie and Mary Reid, it is now being developed into a modern resort.

North Caicos

Known as the 'Garden Island' of the Caicos, its fertile soils and water provide good farmland. It has miles of deserted white sand beaches, along which hotels provide luxurious and peaceful accommodation. Flamingos, ospreys, iguanas and various other wildlife can be seen at the island's nature reserve.

Middle Caicos

Also known as Grand Caicos, this island is undeveloped. Blessed with a lovely coastline, to the west of Conch Bar the shoreline dips in and out with bluffs and small coves. Visitors should try not to miss the island's spectacular caves.


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