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The Turks and Caicos Islands Orientation

Grand Turk Beach on Grand Turk Island, Bahamas (cc)
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The Turks and Caicos Islands Orientation

The Turks and Caicos islands are not for those vacationers who are looking for the high life, nightlife or wild times under the sun. But if you’re looking for a week or so of sun, sand and relaxation, or if you’re looking for some fine offshore fishing, or scuba diving, then the Turks and Caicos might be just the place for you.

Comprised of about 40 small islands and cays, the Turks and Caicos Islands are ecologically pure. The waters are unpolluted; the beaches are clean and pristine; the population is friendly and outgoing. The only problem might be a lack of what most Europeans, and all Americans, regard as basic creature comforts. Many of the smaller hotels and guest houses lack air-conditioning; in-room phones are the exception rather than the norm; refrigerators, where available, are often old and noisy; in-room televisions are also in short supply; and it’s not advisable to drink the water – buy bottled water where you can. All this might sound a little off-putting, but don’t let it be. The pros far outweigh the cons. The lack of air-conditioning should not present too much of a problem. Cool ocean breezes in the evenings and ever-present ceiling fans keep the guest rooms relatively cool and comfortable. And who needs a television or telephone anyway? If these items are a priority for you, you need to go somewhere a little less remote. Remember: when in Rome....

The climate here is as close to perfect as you can get. The average mean temperature is around 80°, falling to about 70° at night. The rainfall averages 21 to 22 inches per year, with the rainy season arriving in the late spring and continuing on into summer – May through August. The Turks and Caicos sometimes suffer in the hurricane season, June through November. More often than not, however, hurricanes skirt the Bahamian archipelago, doing little more damage than dumping a lot of water on the islands. These islands offer excellent diving and deep-sea fishing. For the beachcomber, there are acres of pristine coral sand, much of it deserted. There are almost 230 miles of beaches. The coral reefs upon which these islands sit are home to a vast undersea population of colorful marine life, most of it friendly and inquisitive.

The reef system, more than 200 miles long and 65 miles wide, offers opportunities for divers and snorkelers at all experience levels. There are coral flats at depths varying from a couple of feet to more than 20 feet where a vibrant fish community will provide endless hours of fun under the sea. There are ledges and walls where the depths plunge hundreds of feet offering more experienced divers a variety of choices to explore one of the last unspoiled reef systems in the western hemisphere. There are wrecks, some only recently discovered and still on the secret list. Some were discovered long ago, but still make for an exciting morning or afternoon of exploration.

Last updated October 27, 2011
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