The Turks and Caicos have been on our travel radar since the late 1980's. When we started scuba diving, we always read about the world class diving here. We were enamored with Cozumel at the time and never found time to visit this remote location.
|Genesis at the dock|
|Bob Pratt, Owner of Southside Marina|
The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) lie 575 miles SE of Miami. The country consists of two island groups separated by the 22 mile wide Columbus Passage. To the west are the Caicos islands: West Caicos, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos, and South Caicos. To the east are the Turks Islands: Grand Turk and Salt Cay (pronounced "key"). The TCI are 166 square miles of land on eight islands and 40 small cays. The country's population is approximately 32,000. They speak English and use the US dollar. The year round average temperature is 83 degrees. The hottest months are September and October but the almost constant easterly trade winds temper the heat and keep life comfortable. Driving is on the left side of the road. TCI is a British Crown Colony and there is a Queen-appointed Governor. There are no direct taxes on either income or capital for individuals or businesses. Money comes from indirect taxation from customs duties and fees, stamp duty on vehicle, gasoline, business license and departure taxes.
|Islander Cleaning Conch|
Historically, TCI's economy relied on the export of salt. Currently, tourism, the offshore finance industry and fishing generate the most private sector income. The islands' main export are lobster and conch.
|Fishing Boats bring in Conch and Lobster|
|Sailing and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)|
|Parasailing... A 15 minute activity|
The beaches are preserved by The Princess Alexandria National Trust. The Trust provides beach access to the locals through public parks located at various places on the beach and provide trail guides to several hiking trails throughout the island.
Although listed as "not a good location for rental cars", away we went.. down deserted sand roads with room for only a single car. We finally stopped when the road became deeply rutted with sand and we saw a prominent sign "Premier Towing". We saw this as a "sign" and did what "Plato" would do... we turned around and got out of there!
Restaurants in Provo are so delightful that we devoted another blog post just for them…
Until Next Time!