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Facts about Providenciales

Location
An English-speaking, British Dependant Territory, the Turks and Caicos are a group of eight islands and 40 small cays (pronounced "keys") located 575 miles southeast of Miami (about 90 minutes by air). The Bahamas are about 30 miles to the northwest and the Dominican Republic is 100 miles to the southeast.

Grand Turk is the political capital of the islands and is noted for Columbus landing there in 1492 during his first quest for the New World.

Providenciales (Provo) is the most well known of the islands and features first-class accommodations along 12 miles of powdery white beach. The other islands include Salt Cay, North, Middle and South Caicos, Parrot Cay and Pine Cay.

Weather
Bring your sunscreen. The Turks and Caicos average 350 days of sunshine per year. The tropical climate and cool island breezes are comfortable year round. Temperatures range from 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperatures rarely dip below 74 degrees. It’s like taking a bath.

Currency
The official currency of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the U.S. dollar.

Time Zone
The Turks and Caicos Islands are on EST and Daylight Savings Time is observed from April to October.

Language
The official language is English.

History and Culture
"Turks" is derived from the indigenous Turk’s Head "fez" cactus; "caicos" is a term of the Lucayan Indians, "cava hico," which means string of islands.

The islands were originally inhabited by Indian tribes, the Taínos and the Lucayans.

Legends differ regarding European discovery of the islands – Columbus is reputed to have discovered the tranquil treasure in 1492, while other stories credit Ponce de Leon with the find.

During the 17th century, the island relied upon agricultural exports from the rich cotton and sisal plantations (sisal yields a plant fiber used in making rope). After the hurricane of 1813, the island turned to solar salt – a popular type of sea salt produced through solar evaporation. Today, tourism – as well as lobster and conch exports – chiefly fuels the islands’ economy.

The Turks & Caicos endured several peaceful shifts in power throughout the 1700s and 1800s. During the 1970s, the islands became a British Crown Colony.

History buffs can learn more about the islands’ rich culture by checking out a variety of local attractions:

  • Settlements of Bambarra and Lorimers – nearby are the Haulover plantation ruins and Sir
  • Lorimer’s grave (Middle Caicos)
  • Conch Bar caves (Middle Caicos)
  • Cheshire Hall, a 1790s plantation house constructed by British loyalists (Provo)

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