Caribbean Tourism

Beaches & Watersports

Jo Jo

A bottle-nosed dolphin, known as Jo Jo, frequents the Princess Alexandra Marine Park along the north coast of Providenciales in the Grace Bay area, although he is also found occasionally in other locations. He is attracted by boats (particularly propeller noise and bubbles) and humans, apparently enjoying swimming and playing with people, while often coming...

Salt Cay

Seven miles south of Grand Turk, Salt is out of the past, with windmills, salt sheds and other remnants of the old salt industry and little else. The island was first visited by the Bermudans in 1645; they started making salt here in 1673 and maintained a thriving salt industry until its collapse in the 1960s. Production ceased all together in 1971. The...

Parrot Cay

The Parrot Cay Resort, a luxury, 56-room hotel, was built in 1992 on this 1,300-acre private island, but it only opened in December 1998. It has already attracted the rich and famous, with a guest list that includes Paul McCartney and Bruce Willis, and it is frequently featured in glossy magazines and TV travel shows. It has beautiful landscaping, the...

North Caicos

The lushest of the islands, North Caicos has taller trees than the other islands and attracts more rain. Like Middle and East Caicos, the south part of the island comprises swamp and mangrove.The population has declined to 1,275 inhabitants living at the settlements of Bottle Creek, Whitby, Sandy Point and Kew. There is one Nature Reserve at Dick Hill Creek...

Grand Turk

Grand Turk,is not a resort island although there are hotels and dive operations which concentrate mostly on the wall just off the west coast. The vegetation is mostly scrub and cactus, among which you will find wild donkeys and horses roaming. Behind the town are old salt pans, with crumbling walls and ruined windmills, where pelicans and other waterbirds...

East Caicos

Originally named Guana by the Lucayans, East Caicos has an area of 18 sq miles which makes it one of the largest islands. It also boasts the highest point in the Turks and Caicos, Flamingo Hill at 156 ft. A ridge runs along the north coast, but the rest of the island is swamp, creeks, mangrove and mudflats. Jacksonville, in the northwest, used to be the...

Beaches & Watersports

Grace Bay on Provo is the longest stretch of sand, at 12 miles, and despite the hotels it is possible to find plenty of empty space, but no shade. There is rarely any shade on the beaches. Most watersports can be arranged through the hotels or tour operators. 230 miles of white sand beaches & coral reefs surround the islands. Day Sails Several tour...