Caribbean Tourism

Turks and Caicos

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...

French Cay

An old pirate lair, now uninhabited, with exceptional marine life. It has been designated a sanctuary for frigate birds, osprey and nesting seabirds.

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...

Dellis Cay

Dellis Cay is uninhabited but frequently visited for its shells. A popular excursion is to be dropped off there for the day for shelling by a local charter boat out of Leeward Marina, no facilities.

Shopping

The Shell Shack, at Beachcomber House, is where the artist Douglas Gordon creates jewellery from conch shell, shell and beach glass mirrors, clocks, lamps and candle covers, all different and collectable, made on the island, reasonable prices, commissions accepted. X’s Gallery, same location as Sadler’s Sea View Apartments. Run by Xavier Tonneau, formerly...

History

The islands’ first dwellers were the peaceful Tainos, who left behind ancient utensils and little else. By the middle of the 16th century not one Lucayan, as Columbus named them, remained. Like the Lucayans in the Bahamas islands, they were kidnapped for use as slaves or pearl divers, while many others died of imported diseases. The discovery of the islands...

Government & Economy

Government The Turks and Caicos are a British Dependent Territory. The British monarch is Head of State, represented by a Governor, currently John Kelly. The Executive Council chaired by the Governor is formed by six ministers, the Financial Secretary, the Attorney General and the Chief Secretary, the last two being British government appointments. Mrs...

Golf & Other Sports

Golf An 18-hole championship golf course opened November 1992 (black tees 3,202yds, white tees 2,865yds). Owned by the water company, it is located within walking distance of the Club Med, Allegro Resort, Grace Bay Club and Ocean Club. Most hotels offer 3-5 day packages of green fees and mandatory carts, T9465991, F9465992. Licensed snackbar. An amateur...

Places to Eat - South Caicos

Love’s has local dishes. Café Columbus, T9463245. For drinks and conversation with English bartender, Jack, good selection of beer, frozen yoghurt. Muriel’s, native dishes. Pond View, T9463276. Native dishes. Dora’s Lobster Pot at the airport.

Places to Eat - Providenciales

Turtle Cove Banana Boat, T9415706. Dockside at Turtle Cove marina, Caribbean bar and grill, colourful, cheerful. Sharkbite Bar and Grill, Admiral’s Club, on the water, 1100-2400, happy hour 1700-1900, nightly specials and events, T9415090. Sunset Restaurant & Bar , at the Erebus overlooking Turtle Cove, T9464240, Email: ere...@tciway.tc. Spectacular...

Places to Eat - North Caicos

Simple local restaurants include Club Titter’s Restaurant and Bar, near the airport, and Marina View on Kew Rd, very simple, not always open. Italian at the private Club Vacanze, reservations necessary. Papa Grunt’s Restaurant, Whitby Plaza. Open 0830, credit cards accepted, indoor or screened veranda dining, native and American cuisine, fresh seafood, lots...

Places to Eat - Middle Caicos

Canned foods and sodas are available from the few small stores in Conch Bar and fresh food arrives weekly on the ferry from Provo. However, it is advisable to bring your own food. Annie Taylor is known for her cooking and runs a restaurant on demand in her house. Johnson’s Bar is open in Conch Bar most afternoons and evenings for cold beer, dominoes and...

Places to Eat - Grand Turk

The best restaurants & bars are at the hotels. The Poop Deck is a tiny bar. Set back from the road in the centre of town by the sea, local food and hamburgers at lunchtime, chicken and chips in the evenings. Regal Begal serves local food, on the road north of town on the west side of North Creek, a favourite lunch place. The outdoor Salt Raker Inn is...

Food & Drink

Good, moderate to expensive meals in restaurants and bars are good quality. Watch out for specials with no posted prices. The local beer is Caya, Pilsner or West Indies Pale Ale, in bottles or draft. Wine by the glass is US$5. With over 50 restaurants and delis on Provo alone, prices are variable but local restaurants with native cuisine are reasonable....

Flora & Fauna

The islands support 175 resident and migrant species of birds, including flocks of greater flamingos, frigate birds, ospreys, brown pelicans, the ruby throated humming bird, the belted kingfisher, white billed tropic birds, black-necked stilts, snowy plovers, peregrine falcons, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, Baltimore orioles and scarlet tanagers and...

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