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Flight Time to the Turks and Caicos Islands from the UK
Approx Approx 10 hours to Miami then Miami to Provo approx 1 hour 45 min
The Turks and Caicos Islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom consisting of two groups of tropical island located in the Caribbean. The two island groups are in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Bahamas, north of Haiti, and 575 miles from Miami, at 21°45'N 71°35'W. The territory is geographically part of the Bahamas, but not politically. The thirty islands total 166 square miles (430 km²), primarily of low, flat limestone with extensive marshes and mangrove swamps. The weather is usually sunny and relatively dry, but suffers frequent hurricanes. The islands have limited natural fresh water resources; private cisterns collect rainwater for drinking. The primary natural resources are spiny lobster and conch. The United Nations Committee on Decolonization includes the Turks and Caicos Islands on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.
Brief History of the Turks and Caicos Islands
The first inhabitants of the Turks and Caicos Islands were Amerindians, first the Arawak people, who were, over the centuries, gradually replaced by the warlike Carib.
The first European to sight the islands was Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León, who did so in 1512, though some historians claim that Guanahani, the native name of the island Christopher Columbus called San Salvador on his 1492 voyage, is Grand Turk Island or East Caicos Island.
Spanish slavers frequently raided the islands, enslaving the Caribs of the islands. Only a year after first being discovered, the entire archipelago was completely depopulated.
During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, the islands passed from Spanish, to French, to British control, but none of the three powers ever established any settlements.
From about 1690 to 1720, pirates hid in the cays of the Turks and Caicos Islands, attacking Spanish treasure galleons en route to Spain from Cuba, Hispaniola, and the Spanish possessions in Central America and Peru.
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These forty unspoilt islands are the true meaning of deserted. With just eight of them inhabited, you’ll be hard pressed to find many commercial signs. Fringed with exquisite beaches and surrounded by one of the world’s largest coral reefs, it is a premier diving destination. Sleepy villages, superb fishing and laid-back locals create the perfect island flavour.
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The ‘Turks Islanders’, as they are known, have a very laid-back attitude which helps to create the perfect relaxed environment for your holiday. Set in the Atlantic Ocean, the islands provide shelter for resident and migratory birds including flamingos, ospreys and pelicans, and they are also renowned for their varied marine life – in fact, the islands are one of the world’s best diving destinations. If you are travelling from late December through to April, look out for humpback whales – the entire Atlantic pod passes through the waters on its annual migration. Provo (Providenciales) is the most developed island and is home to an 18-hole championship golf course where, an amateur open golf championship is held every October. Grace Bay, which Conde Nast Traveller magazine voted as ‘one of the world’s best beaches’, has stunning white sands and is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
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Turks and Caicos Islands Visa Requirements
Not required by all nationals of the UK for stays of up to 30 days (renewable one time only).
Getting Around on the Turks and Caicos Islands
Taxis are widely available on Providenciales and Grand Turk. However, if you are able to drive, it is recommended that you rent a car. A number of car and motorcycle rental agencies are available on the island. Remember to drive on the LEFT side of the road and watch out for people who forget. Though the Turks and Caicos uses a righthand-drive road system, only about half the cars are equipped with righthand drive. The others use lefthand drive, the kind used in North America. It is certainly possible to use a bicycle to get around, but be careful as some island drivers are not keen on following rules. Be careful driving at night. Most natives will walk or use bicycles as means of transportation.
Staying Safe on the Turks and Caicos Islands
The Turks and Caicos are extremely safe by Caribbean standards, but please use common sense. Don't leave valuables in plain view, and always lock your car when leaving it, and lock your dwelling when you are not in it. Mopeds and motorcycles are targeted by thieves, so be sure that you lock yours up properly. Also be aware that Islanders can be very aggressive drivers, so it is best to use caution when crossing or driving on the roads.