The Turks and Caicos Islands lie 575 miles southeast of Miami. The country consists of two island groups separated by the 22 mile wide Columbus Passage. The Caicos group to the west includes: West Caicos, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and South Caicos. To the east is the Turks group, made up of Grand Turk and Salt Cay.
The Turks & Caicos total 166 square miles of land area on eight islands and forty small cays. Providenciales is the most developed of the group of islands and has a population of 6,500 in which 30 nationalities are represented.
Providenciales, locally known as Provo, is geographically located at the southern tip of the Bahamas chain but politically British. Provo offers an away-from-it-all destination with spectacular beaches and friendly people. The climate is perfect, in the 80s year round with comfortable trade winds ever present. No wonder these islands are called "the Isles of Perpetual June" for here it is not too hot nor too cold at any time of the year.
The topography of Provo is just right. The island is not too flat nor is it too mountainous, but gently rolling with views of the sea from just about everywhere you go. Should you go to a beach you will find the sand to be as white as sugar with the only footprints in the sand being your own, or go snorkeling in gin clear water and see fish and coral containing all the colors of a Provo sunset. Scuba diving too can provide underwater scenery like nowhere else, for here the diving is regarded as amongst the best in the world. Likewise for bonefishing with flats, coves and holes almost certain to make your reel sing on the first cast. And there's easy fishing inside the reef where you will bring back snapper and jack, or try your luck in the deep blue for wahoo, tuna and marlin. By land, there's tennis, golf, shopping, sightseeing and numerous restaurants.
The nights here are clear, so clear in fact, a quarter moon casts a shadow and a full moon lights up the entire landscape. Entertainment at night is mostly the person you are with; however, the inns and hotels on the island have good restaurants with friendly bars set in comfortable, tropical surroundings where spontaneous get-togethers will produce a few laughs and interesting conversation. A number of free standing restaurants too are quite good - some being owned and operated by Turks Islanders, offering native dishes and other selections, plus restaurants headed by European chefs as well as a couple of Chinese restaurants. There is also a Mexican/pizza place and several bakeries.
There are grocery stores, liquor stores, doctors and lawyers, car rentals, churches, sailboat excursions, and even a casino. Of course, some other islands may have these amenities too, but few will have the friendly people and kindness found in these islands. Right now, Provo is an unspoiled sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of today's pace. Provo is what a lot of places used to be. These are the 'good old days' in Provo.
In addition to the good living and good times awaiting you here, you will be additionally please to know there are no property taxes or income taxes, and though the country is a British crown colony, the US dollar is the official currency. A new airport has recently opened with jets arriving non-stop from Miami - flying time an hour and twenty minutes - so please, come and visit this tropical paradise soon!
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