The Turks and Caicos Islands consist
of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. The islands are
located 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas
chain and just to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola
(Dominican Republic and Haiti.) Technically, the Turks and Caicos are
located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.

The islands are home to roughly 30,000 full time residents, and welcome more than 200,000 tourist annually.

Language - English

Currency - The US dollar is the
official currency of Turks and Caicos. Most hotels, restaurants and
taxi services accept traveler’s cheques, which can be cashed at local
banks. Most credit cards are accepted and banks offer ATM's as well as
cash advances on credit cards.

Tipping is normally paid to waiters, taxi drivers, maids and porters at 15%.


Climate - The average temperature
ranges between 85 and 90 degrees (29-32 degrees celsius) from June to
October, sometimes reaching the mid 90's (35 degrees celsius),
especially in the late summer months. From November to May the average
temperature is 80 to 84 degrees (27-29 degrees celsius). Water
temperature in the summer is 82 to 84 degrees (28-29 degrees celsius)
and in winter about 74 to 78 degrees (23-26 degrees celsius). A
constant trade wind keeps the climate at a very comfortable level.

is an annual rainfall of 21 inches on Grand Turk and South Caicos, but
as you go further west the average rainfall could increase to 40
inches. In an average year the Turks and Caicos has 350 days of

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30th.

- Turks & Caicos Islanders are mostly descendants of Africans who
were brought in to work the salt pans or the cotton plantations. The
expatriate population consists of British, Canadians, Americans,
French, Bahamians, people from Hispaniola and virtually everywhere in
the world.

Economy - The economy of the TCI
relies on the tourism industry, real estate development and the
exportation of seafood. A wide variety of financial services are
available, including company formation, offshore insurance, banking,
trusts, limited partnerships and limited life companies. The Financial
Services Commission regulates, develops and promotes the industry in
major world markets.

Government - The Turks & Caicos
Islands are a British Crown Colony. A Governor is appointed by the
Queen and presides over an Executive Council formed by an elected local
self-government. Government offices are located in Grand Turk, with
branches on other Islands as needed. The legal system is based on
English Common Law.

Courier Service - Daily delivery service is provided by FedEx, with offices on Provo and Grand Turk. Service is also provided by DHL and UPS.

Cable Television - Satellite television service is provided throughout the islands, with most major American networks available.

Water - As on many Islands, our
fresh water is precious, we depend upon rainfall or desalinated water
produced by reverse osmosis for the supply. Please be conservative in
using water.

Telephone Service - Local and
international service is provided by Cable & Wireless and Digicel
(wireless only). Telex, facsimile, internet and cellular phone services
are provided. You may use your credit card or a debit PhoneCard at
public phone booths.

Country code is 649. Network is through Cable and
Wireless. Pay phones, calling cards, facsimile, Internet, cell phones
for rent at various locations.

If you have cell service in the
USA please bring your phone with you because if you have International
Roaming service with a cellular carrier that has a roaming agreement in
the Caribbean then your phone will be able to make and receive calls
whilst in the Turks and Caicos. If you do not have roaming then you
will be able to make calls using the credit card platform.

Postal Service - Post Offices are
located on all inhabited islands. All mail is transported by air. There
are many different issues and denominations of stamps for enthusiasts
to collect. Philatelic Bureaus are located on both Provo and Grand Turk.

Driving License Requirements
- Visitors from the British Commonwealth Countries, The United States
of America, Canada and holders of International drivers license are
permitted to drive for 30 days on their respective license.
Visitors from all other countries are
required to posses a Visitors Permit, which can be obtained at the Road
Safety Department, located on Good Street, Grand Turk and at the office
on the Old Airport Road, Providenciales.

Health Care - There
is a small hospital on Grand Turk, and a number of private general
practitioners on Providenciales as well as an emergency care facility.
All of the other islands have commuinty clinics.

Other health
services available include: emergency room, dental, chiropractic,
physiotherapy, optometry, pharmacy, X-ray, ultrasound, recompression
chamber and air ambulance service.