The Turks and Caicos Islands are a beautiful, pristine archipelago (chain of islands) located south of the Bahamas and north of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. Because the islands are just a 90-minute flight from Miami, Florida, they are a top destination for vacationers who wish to try out sailing or visit some of the territory’s beautiful landmarks. The Turks and Caicos Islands are a water and nature lover’s paradise, and there are many beautiful places to check out by boat while visiting the islands.
Grand Turk is the largest of the Turks portion of the islands. It has an area of 6.9 square miles and is home to about 3,870 people. The island is the administrative capital of the British territory and includes Cockburn Town and the JAGS McCartney International Airport. One of the most popular landmarks is the Friendship 7 replica, which is visible from close to the shore if you are doing a sailing tour.
Middle Caicos is the largest of all the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is separated from East Caicos by a small ravine or river. Its incredible Lucayan Indian ruins and Conch Bay are the island’s most important landmarks, which you can spot as you sail your boat around the island’s shore. You may also spot a few openings to the beautiful underground caves of Middle Caicos!
North Caicos is the second largest of the Turks and Caicos islands and is known for its Sandy Point Marina, a bustling place during the travel season. The island measures about 55 square miles depending on high or low tide. You can sail your boat into the marina or just observe the activity around the landmark during your travels.
East Caicos is the fourth-largest island of the Turks and Caicos, measuring about 35 square miles at high tide. Nobody lives there, but while sailing, you may be able to bring your boat to shore and explore the natural beauty of the area. The island’s most important landmark is Flamingo Hill, which has an elevation of 156 feet, the tallest point throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.
South Caicos is known as an excellent place to reel in big fishes or go snorkeling along the island’s shores. Measuring 8.2 square miles, it is known as a great marine life viewing area. Sailing is fabulous here as the waves tend to be gentle around the island’s northern and western shores. Be sure to explore the area around South Caicos Light House, which is visible from shore. The Governor’s Mansion is the island’s oldest building and is visible if you are taking your boat around the island.
Providenciales has the largest population of all the islands with almost 24,000 permanent residents. It measures 18 square miles and is the seventh-largest island. Known for landmarks such as the Chalk Sound National Park and the Providenciales mangrove forest, this island is celebrated for its luxurious restaurants and beautiful beaches.
Prickly Pear Cays
The Prickly Pear Cays measure only about 6 square miles between all of the islands and channels. They are known for their beautiful flora and fauna, including balsam bush and pope’s head cactus. The largest plants can be visible from the shore. Brown boobies, brown pelicans and yellow warblers call the cays home.
The Ambergris Cays measure about 2.5 square miles and comprise several smaller cays and islands. Green and hawksbill sea turtles nest here. Their primary landmark is the ruins of the settlement of the Loyalists. The Loyalists lived there for a short time and built small cabins.
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