Capital Cockburn Town on Grand TurkAirportProvidenciales international airportSizeProvidenciales is 25 miles long and 3 miles wideCurrencyUS dollar (£1 = $1.6)PopulationAbout 15,000 living on six inhabited islandsTemperatureAbout 25 degress Centigrade in the winter and about 28 degrees Centigrade in the summer, cooled by trade winds. There is no recognised rainy season on Turks and Caicos.
12 mile beach on Provo`s northern shore and Sapodilla beach in the southwest of the island. Cays stretching northeast from Provo - including Parrot Cay and Pine Cay, which has a superb two mile long beach of soft sand. Scuba diving is excellent, particularly around Grand Turk. Provo has the Caicos Conch Farm, where conchs are bred. Flamingos on uninhabited West Caicos, also good for diving and a great beach. Regattas including the Provo Summer Festival in July. Seafood especially conch is a speciality - watch out for it hanging out to dry on washing lines. The reef attracts numerous colourful fish as well as green turtles, manta and spotted eagle rays. 18 hole championship golf course on Provo. Jojo - a dolphin is known to frequent the Grace Bay area and swim with humans (he has a warden and is a protected wild animal).
Cars can be hired on Provo or taxis are available to run people around, although the local driving can be erratic. Boat trips can be arranged from the hotels to visit neighbouring islands for picnics, swimming and snorkelling.
Flight time London to Providenciales is about 12 hours with a touchdown in Nassau in each direction. Access to the Turks and Caicos is direct with British Airways on Sundays (touches down in Nassau). Access is also possible via Miami and then onward with American Airlines. Both British Airways and Virgin have daily flights from London Heathrow or Gatwick to Miam
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