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The Turks & Caicos

Luxury Tourism at its Finest!

Turks and Caicos is a tropical Atlantic archipelago southeast of Miami, Florida, and north of the Dominican Republic. The country is a British overseas territory of about 100 named islands and cays.

As its name suggests, there are two island groups: the Turks Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay to the east, and the larger Caicos Islands archipelago of Providenciales, North Caicos Middle Caicos, East Caicos, South Caicos and West Caicos to the west. The majority of the population of Turks and Caicos resides on the island of Providenciales and Grand Turk supports the second greatest population, as well as the nation’s capital city of Cockburn Town.

Today, luxury tourism is the primary source of income for Turks and Caicos. There is a wide range of places to visit across the islands, including expansive all-inclusive resorts, quiet hotels and luxurious rental villas. A large selection of restaurants, tour and boat cruise companies, spas, and boutique shops complement the places to stay . Many sites and activities are family-friendly, yet there are a few adult-only resorts as well.

The primary vacation attraction to the islands is their exquisite marine environment and unparalleled beaches.

Beaches:

The Turks and Caicos is recognized as having some of the best beaches in the world and a visit to one of the popular coastlines will convince nearly everyone of the fact. The beautiful white sand and spectacular turquoise water is an experience in itself. Beaches of the Turks and Caicos, Beaches of Providenciales, Beaches of Grand Turk, and the world-famous Grace Bay Beach are a few shores you must visit while on vacation. The defining characteristic of a beach is its sand. The Turks and Caicos beaches, almost without exception, have shell and coral origin sand. This type of sand is formed from the naturally broken-down particles of sea shells and hard corals, which results in breathtaking bright white sand, with touches of pink and peach hues.

Culture:

The Turks and Caicos islands share many cultural elements with the Bahamas, as many local residents have Bahamian ancestry and have lived or were born in the Bahamas. They are geographically part of the Bahamas, and a loose union was proposed in 2009 to link the two countries.

Attempts have been made to encourage the preservation of local culture, such as through cultural awareness programs and the creation of the Chief Cultural Officer post. In 2003, the annual Conch Festival event was also created, which along with a food festival atmosphere, incorporates elements of the local culture through live music and Junkanoo.

Music:

Ripsaw is a local music genre developed during slavery times. It consists of scraping an instrument, such as a screwdriver, over a saw blade to create a scraping sound. Playing ripsaw is called ripping the saw. Common accompaniments are the guitar, drums and triangle. Junkanoo, a Bahamian music genre, was brought back to the islands by returning Turks and Caicos islanders who left to find work in nearby Bahamian Islands

Cuisine:

As a small archipelago nation, it is no surprise that the traditional cuisine of the Turks and Caicos is centered around seafood. Conch, lobster, fish and turtle was collected from the ocean and maize, beans, okra, squash and plantains were grown in small farm plots. These products were used to create stews, soups, johnny cake cornbread and fish, with peas n’ grits, which was hominy with legumes.

As trade with Turks and Caicos increased, the maize hominy was largely replaced by imported rice, which led to peas and rice being the quintessential side for most dishes.

Neighboring countries such as the Bahamas and Jamaica, have influenced many of the modern popular foods in the Turks and Caicos today, such as deep-fried conch fritters, and jerk chicken.

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