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: www.turksandcaicostourism.com
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.
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