Looking at this first Turks Caicos map you'll see that The Turks and Caicos Islands are part of the West Indies lying just south of the Bahamas.
The Turks & Caicos Islands are just on the edge of the Caribbean Sea 575 miles (930 km) southeast from Miami and 90 miles (145 km) north of the Dominican Republic.
Many airlines offer direct daily and/or weekly flights from several US cities, Canada and London with charters available too, so.... getting there is fairly easy and convenient.
Providenciales, or "Provo" as it's called locally, is the main tourist hub with the vast majority of hotels (with more on the way), restaurants, shopping, golf and of course, the stunning Grace Bay Beach.
You'll fly into the international Turks & Caicos Airport on the south side of Providenciales. From there it's a short 15-20 minute cab or shuttle ride to most Providenciales hotels. Turks and Caicos car rentals are also available from Avis and Hertz at the airport.
Although politically separate, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos archipelagos share the same geology sitting atop a flat underwater mountain divided only by the deep, 30-mile-wide Caicos Passage seen to the northeast on this map. You can also see the vast, shallow Caicos Bank to the south.
The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 30+ large islands and small cays in two groups.
On the aerial Turks Caicos map above and the graphic map below you can see the main islands in the chain.
The “Caicos” group from west to east includes: West Caicos, Providenciales, Pine Cay, Parrot Cay, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and South Caicos.
The “Turks” group lies southeast of South Caicos. This group includes: Grand Turk and Salt Cay.
Only eight of the islands are inhabited with the vast majority of locals and vacationers on Providenciales.
North and Middle Caicos are sparsley populated with relatively few ammenities andtourist accomodations although more are in development.
And the first condo/hotel developments are going up on West Caicos and Ambergris cays. East Caicos will probably follow in the future.
Provo is the main tourist island, but Cockburn Town on Grand Turk is the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Cockburn Town is an historic 400-year-old town with colonial architecture, dustystreets and donkeys! Very quaint and out-of-the-way with spectacular diving and fine beaches.
The Grand Turk Island map below even shows most of the hotels and dive spots courtesy US Dive Travel.
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