The Turks & Caicos Islands are an undisturbed tropical paradise located south of the Bahamas and north of the D.R in the Caribbean Sea. Because the islands are just a 90-minute flight away from Miami, they have become a top destination for travelers looking for luxurious accommodation and a pristine setting to forget about it all.
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.
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Grand Turk is the largest island in the Turks archipelago. It has an area of 6.9 square miles, and it is home to about 4K 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 famous landmarks is the Friendship 7 replica, 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 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 area’s natural beauty. The island’s most important landmark is Flamingo Hill, which is 156 feet, the tallest point throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.
South Caicos is an excellent place to reel in big fishes or go snorkeling along the island’s shores. Measuring 8.2 square miles, it is a beautiful 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 South Caicos Light House area, which is visible from shore. The Governor’s Mansion is the island’s oldest building and is visible if you take your boat around the island.
Prickly Pear Cays
The Prickly Pear Cays measure only about 6 square miles between 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.