Turks And Caicos Islands
Welcome to Turks & Caicos Islands
The Turks & Caicos is a collection of two island groupings containing 40 islands originally inhabited by the Taino Indians starting around 500 A.D. The islands were later discovered in 1512 by the Spanish and after changing hands several times, the British took control. The country remains a British overseas territory and today, they have their own governor, executive and legislative branches.
The Turks & Caicos have an estimated current population of 50,000, mostly residing in Providenciales, an island in the Caicos grouping of islands. The capital city of Cockburn Town is on Grand Turk Island in the Turks grouping of islands. Despite British control, the currency is the U.S. dollar and while the official language is English, many of the locals speak a regional version of Creole. Located just 500 miles off the coast of Miami, The Turks & Caicos have long been a tourist destination, many who come from Canada. Vacationers enjoy world class scuba diving, sailing and fishing. Tourism remains the primary economic driver with offshore financial services and construction also contributing the economy.
The Turks & Caicos have attracted many notable celebrities including Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria, and some such as Bruce Willis, have purchased homes in this Caribbean destination.