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Turks And Caicos
By Hideaways Staff

ISLANDS: Providenciales, Grand Turk, six more islands, and 40 cays SIZE: Providenciales: 8 sq. mi.; total land mass: 193 sq. mi. POPULATION: 17,502 LANGUAGE: English CURRENCY: U.S. dollar GOVERNMENT: British territory WEB SITE:

Up and Coming

The Turks and Caicos have been called "the forgotten islands," but the nickname may soon become obsolete. This chain of more than 40 islands and cays that spills from the southeastern tip of the Bahamas is rising in popularity, as an increasing number of vacationers discover the islands? amazing beaches, supported by all the comforts of civilization.

The largest land masses belong to the Caicos, whose name is derived from cayos, Spanish for "islands." A collection of significantly smaller islands, the Turks, are allegedly named for the red flower of the Turks? Head cactus, which looks like a fez. The Caicos? Providenciales (a.k.a. Provo) is the most developed of the islands, while the colony?s capital and a large chunk of its population reside on the seven-square-mile island of Grand Turk.

Fall 2001

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