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Fast Facts

Name Turks & Caicos Islands (Pronounced KAY-KOS).
Capital Cockburn Town, Grand Turk
Area Turks and Caicos are two island groups separated by a 22-mile passage; the Caicos to the west and the Turks to the east, comprise about 40 islands and cays totaling 193 square miles.
Population 22,500
Primary Islands Grand Turk, 7 square miles and Providenciales (Provo), 37.5 square miles.
Airport Grand Turk, Providenciales, South Caicos
Entry Requirements Visitors from the U.S. require a valid passport. Visitors from Canada require proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate or voter registration card, and photo identification plus a return ticket. Airport departure tax for stay-over visitors is $15.
Customs Arriving passengers are allowed 1.136 liters of spirits or wine, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or eight ounces of tobacco duty free.
Telephone The area code for the Turks and Caicos Islands is 649, then dial the full 7-digit number.
Electricity Electricity follows the U.S. standard: 120/240 Volts/60 Cycles.
Transportation Taxis are available at the airports and hotels and can be hired for an agreed rate. Several car rental companies are represented on Provo and Grand Turk. Driving is on the left. Scooters, bicycles and buggies may be rented.
Temperature Temperatures average 85°F with winter ranging from 72°F to 80°F.
Water clarity Underwater visibility of 200 feet.
Beach 230 miles of pristine, white, powdery beaches.
Language English
Currency U.S. dollar
Government British Crown colony with a stable ministerial government.
Sports The 72-par Provo Golf Club is considered among the best in the Caribbean.
Recreation Watersports abound on the islands with an endless choice of snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, boating and swimming. On land activities include tennis, cycling, horseback riding, bird and whale watching, and shopping.
Nightlife Hotels maintain current information on performing local bands, discos and evening boat cruises. Port Royal Casino at the Turquoise Reef Resort is also popular.
Dining The variety of cuisine ranges from tree-ripened mangoes to gourmet dining on Providenciales. Local seafood specialties include conch, spiny lobster and fish. Mexican, French, Chinese, German and Italian dishes are also available.
Sightseeing

The Turks and Caicos Islands National Museum on Grand Turk contains elements of one of the most important underwater archaeological discoveries in the western hemisphere, the Molasses Reef Wreck, as well as remains from the oldest Lucayan Indian site.

The Caicos Conch Farm on Providenciales teaches visitors how conchs are bred and harvested.

The Conch Bar Caves on Middle Caicos, formed by erosion of the limestone, were a sacred sight to the ancient Lucayan Indians.

Wades Green on North Caicis was the second largest Loyalist plantation on the island and today the site is designated for historical and architectural studies.

Cheshire Hall on Provo is a National Historic Site. The ruins are comprised on the Main House, the overseer's house and some unidentified structures as well as the grounds surrounding these buildings. Visitors can learn about the Loyalist period in the Turks & Caicos Islands.