The Turks and Caicos Islands are made of limestone, a sedimentary rock composed largely of the minerals calcite and argonite.
The Cuban Knight Anole Lizard, a species that was introduced to the TCI, now co-exists with other native TCI lizard species.
The Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana is an endangered species but can still be seen on “little Water Cay, or “Iguana Island “ Turks and Caicos.
Caribbean Humpback Whales can be seen migrating through Turks Head Passage toward the Dominican Republic and back to Salt Cay between February and April.
Infant American Kestrels (aka Sparrow Hawks) nesting in a hole in a decaying tree trunk in North Caicos. These small falcons are a common site in the TCI.
A Turks and Caicos Diver gets friendly with a Nassau Grouper swimming in TCI waters.
The Diversity of the TCI
Where on earth are the Turks & Caicos Islands ("TCI")? Although these islands are no longer universally unknown, this is still perhaps the question most frequently asked of TCI residents when traveling abroad, particularly if travel is outside of the United States. While this may seem a strange badge of honor, there is a sense of contentment in knowing that this relatively quiet existence enables TCI residents to boast of enviable serenity.
The information that is accessible under this menu is designed to give the visitor and prospective visitor a feel for the diversity of the TCI islands. It should answer most of the questions that a visitor or interested visitor may have. It is a resource for those planning their Turks and Caicos Islands vacation, for those who are already in the TCI looking for something to do, and for those who are in Turks and Caicos, wishing to explore some of the other TCI islands. The reader will find this site full of information on just about every topic that might be of interest to the visitor, much of which is presented in a grid format or in a printable pdf format. The most comprehensive directory in the country, there are contact details for every business in the Turks & Caicos Islands, dynamically accessible maps, directions, and info on the shortest distance and directions for the closest restaurants, activities, and shopping to each TCI resort. There are also extensive guides on each of the inhabited islands. The information on this site is programmed by locals, it is reliable and accurate.
One really has to visit all of the islands to appreciate what the landscape and TCI culture have to offer. If you can imagine… see yourself walking along miles of unspoiled scenic coastline, or overlooking breathtaking turquoise waters, this certainly will give you an idea of what you can expect on some of the islands. If you can picture yourself relaxing on a pearly white blanket of sand on an untouched beach, bathing in warm tropical sunshine or surrounded by fresh, clean, intoxicating trade winds, you're definitely thinking of the Turks & Caicos Islands. We have six inhabited islands, and two inhabited cays, each with a different character:
There is Providenciales, with its sprawling beaches and chic world-class condominium resorts. We have North Caicos, with its flocks of wild flamingos. Middle Caicos has a spectacular coastline and cave systems. South Caicos has the Caribbean's best diving and bone-fishing. Grand Turk, the capital, is an architectural delight. Salt Cay is quiet and charming. Finally, Parrot Cay and Pine Cay are each unique island resorts that are secluded hideaways.
With three international airports with a location only 1-1/2 hours from the US mainland The Turks and Caicos islands are the perfect Caribbean getaway. From the sheer fun and energy of local festivals and regattas, to the laid back and pampered elegance of five star luxury retreats, we cater to a wide range of tastes.
However, if you are looking to find loud nightclubs, fast food restaurants or crowded shopping malls, the Turks and Caicos Islands may not be your cup of tea. Successive governments have adopted a policy to stay away from the mass tourist market. We aim to cater to the needs of discerning tourists who are looking for a pristine environment in which to relax. If this sounds more like what you’re looking for, there is probably no better place on earth! With the slogan, "Beautiful by Nature", this espouses the commitment of every resident to respect his surroundings and all visitors are kindly asked to do the same.
While far enough off the beaten path to enjoy the tranquility you would expect in a tropical paradise, the TCI is still close enough to feel the buzz of international commerce, making this place the perfect getaway. World class amenities and sound infrastructure make us the natural choice for relaxing while doing business.
After tourism, the Islands' second largest industry is offshore finance. Our financial services sector is recognized as being amongst the top in the world. We offer the multinational or the private individual a reputable regulatory framework, an experienced professional community, and a broad slate of financial products and services.
On behalf of the TCI community, we hope that your visit here will be filled with many pleasant memories that will last you a lifetime. If you have not yet chosen a vacation destination, we hope that you will choose to visit our Islands and, like many others, return every year. If you are a frequent visitor we take pleasure in welcoming tourists back to our shores again and again. We hope that you will make us “your islands in the sun.”