‘Beautiful by Nature’
Bordered by miles of brilliant-colored reefs and clear turquoise waters, the Turks and Caicos is a fascinating string of islands just 575 miles southeast of Miami. This impressive archipelago is made up of white-sand beaches, lush woodlands, vast wildlife and the largest cave system in the Caribbean. In fact, TripAdvisor.com rated the beaches of Providenciales #1 in its list of "Top 25 Beaches in the World." More than 1,000 square miles of elaborate reefs have made it a haven for scuba divers around the world. And the extensive line of resorts, restaurants, facilities and attractions make it ideal for every Caribbean agenda. Amazingly, of the 40 islands comprising the Turks and Caicos, just 8 are inhabited, preserving a secluded chain of pristine islands and aptly capturing the slogan, ‘Beautiful by Nature.’
Providenciales and Grand Turk
Located on opposite ends of the island chain, Providenciales and Grand Turk are the centers for tourism, culture and adventure in Turks and Caicos. Silver white sands cradle some of the Caribbean’s finest resorts and emerald waves host an endless array of ocean excursions. Relish in the flavor of freshly caught conch or head to the local sites for a day of discovery. Turks and Caicos’ long-standing history is seen through elegant colonial architecture, abandoned plantations and bustling ports. The eclectic blend of Dominicans, French, Canadians, Germans, Haitians and Americans color these islands with International heritage.
The islands between Providenciales and Grand Turk are as mysterious as they are beautiful, and offer some of the most exotic geographical features in the Caribbean. Miles of white-sandy beach lead to striking Limestone cliffs, dense swamplands, tidal flats and blossoming tropical flora. The vibrant ecology invites birdwatchers, scuba divers, fishermen and every nature lover into a world rarely touched by humankind. Loyalist plantations and abandoned colonial structures sprinkle across the islands, gracing the region with a timeless charm.
Uncover the secrets of history and nature in the ruins, caves and tropics of Turks and Caicos. Walk the ruins of Wades Green Plantation for an elaborate specimen of loyalist history. Hike the wondrous trails on Middle Caicos and experience the island fauna. Or dive into a marine world teeming with humpback whales, manta rays, sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins. This amazing coral reef is 200 miles long and 65 miles wide, and has undoubtedly been the reason for the Turks and Caicos’ inclusion into the “Top Fifteen Most Popular Dive Destinations Worldwide” by Rodales’ Scuba Diving Magazine.
Weddings and Romance
The soft beaches and extravagant scenery of Turks and Caicos make it ideal for destination weddings, honeymoons and spontaneous escapes. Arrange an elaborate beachfront ceremony at a major resort or find a secluded highland to exchange vows. There are several resorts with wedding and honeymoon packages for every size event, and 40 picturesque islands provide a surreal backdrop to your nuptial celebration.
A Breathtaking CollageTurks and Caicos is a breathtaking collage of white beaches, lush tropics, coral dive sights and thrilling attractions. Families and languid travelers find the best of both worlds on the islands of Providenciales and Grand Turk. And those seeking adventure use these islands simply as a launch for exploring the remaining 38 within the archipelago. This vibrant blend of modern convenience and genuine discovery make Turks and Caicos the destination of choice for seasoned Caribbean travelers.
Destination information is subject to change without prior notice. Travelers are advised to use extreme caution and common sense when venturing out in any foreign destination. While luxury beach destinations can be quite alluring, remember to keep your guard up when approached by locals in any foreign area. We advise guests to attend the resort orientation upon arrival(if provided) and conduct plenty of research prior to arriving at your destination. The information provided on this site is not comprehensive and we advise travelers to utilize the official tourist board site for each resort area, the CDC, travel.state.gov and other official sources for up to date destination information.
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6 Palms: Exquisite location with the finest collection of services and amenities for the most discerning travelers.
5 Palms: Beautiful location with an impressive collection of luxurious services and amenities.
4 Palms: Beautiful location with deluxe amenities and services.
3 Palms: Well-furnished resort with comfortable amenities and services.
2 Palms: Standard resort amenities and services for budget-minded travelers.
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Beaches Turks and Caicos is a world-class family resort located on the 12-mile Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales. Featuring 19 restaurants and bars, four villages, Pirate's Island Waterpark and a complete program of all inclusive activities, this Beaches Resort ranks at the top of the list for family getaways!
Choose from the Italian Village, French Village, Caribbean Village or the new Key West Village to suit your style in accommodations.
A host of included watersports will wow beginners and the more experienced! Even scuba is included! Try your hand at windsurfing, paddle boarding, Hobie cats, snorkeling and more.
On land, there is plenty to keep you entertained with a plethora of land sports and daily activities. Teens and kids will love the supervised activities and entertainment options.
The crystal clear waters of Turks and Caicos front this resort paradise and provide the ultimate beach setting.
Beaches Turks and Caicos is your destination for family fun!
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All travelers between the U.S. and the Caribbean will be required to carry passports beginning January 1, 2007 as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. We encourage you to begin the passport application processes early to avoid unexpected delays. Travelers should allow a minimum of six weeks between their application submission and receipt of passport. Passports can be expedited for an additional fee. A single 30 day visit to the Turks and Caicos is renewable one time and all visits require roundtrip airfare.
Foreign residents of the United States and all other foreign visitors not holding a US Passport must contact the appropriate government authorities to determine the entry and visa requirements.
A departure tax of $35 is required for all travelers over the age of 2. Departure tax is subject to change.
What to Wear
Lightweight shirts and shorts are best suited to the year-round climate. Occasionally, light sweaters and jackets may be needed during the winter season. While most restaurants are informal, some may require jackets for men and evening-wear for ladies. Resort restaurants typically require a collared shirt and long pants for men and island casual for women.
The official currency of Turks and Caicos is the U.S. dollar. Most vendors within the resort areas accept traveler’s cheques and credit cards. And local banks provide cash advances and access to ATM’s. The standard tip for waiters, taxi drivers, porters and maids is 15%.
The following duty-free goods may be brought into Turks and Caicos: 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 1.136 liters of spirits or wine and perfume. There are no restrictions on cameras, film or sports equipment- with the exception of spear guns and Hawaiian slings. Firearms cannot be brought into Turks and Caicos without written consent from the Commissioner of Police. Controlled drugs and pornography are illegal.
Like most islands in the Caribbean, driving on the left side is customary. Valid driver’s licenses are acceptable for vehicle rentals, and a flat tax of $15 is required for all rentals.
Turks and Caicos enjoys worldwide telephone and Internet access in the developed regions. Public phones can be operated by phone cards and other mediums such as fax machines, telexes and cellular phones can be rented or used in the hotels. Many cellular companies feature International Roaming and have roaming agreements with Caribbean destinations, allowing you to make and receive calls while on the Islands.
Turks and Caicos uses the U.S. standard of 120/240 Volts/60 Cycles.
Turks and Caicos has 3 International Airports: Grand Turk, Providenciales and South Caicos. Entrance into the Islands will be through Providenciales, and commuter flights to the remaining islands are readily available. Guest traveling to resorts provided by All Inclusive Outlet should select Providenciales as their arrival airport.
Turks and Caicos places no restrictions on bringing domesticated pets to the Islands. However, all pets must have current vaccinations and required documents for International travel.
Turks and Caicos is an array of beautiful seascapes and tropical terrain that spreads across 40 unique islands. All are surrounded by clear turquoise waters and offer natural wonders of their own. Elaborate cave systems, limestone plateaus, brilliantly colored reefs and swaying palms dress this archipelago with some of the most fabulous scenery in the Caribbean. Only 8 of these islands are inhabited, leaving limitless possibilities for the daring explorer.
The average temperature from June to October ranges between 85 and 90 degrees. From November to May the average temperature is 80 to 84 degrees. This is mixed with a constant breeze from the trade winds for a virtually perfect climate. Annual rainfall is around 21 inches on Grand Turk and South Caicos. Islands further west experience annual rainfall of up to 40 inches. The hurricane season usually runs between June and October.
English is the official language of the Turks and Caicos.
Turks and Caicos is a British Crown Colony. An Executive Council holds executive power and is appointed by the queen. Local government is headed by a Chief Minister, which also comprises several other ministers and a legislative council able to enact statutes. The Judicial Branch is headed by a Chief Justice, Chief Magistrate and three Deputy Magistrates that follow British Common Law.
The exciting history of Turks and Caicos began with a series of early establishments by the Taino, Lucayan and Bermudan peoples. Unknown forces combined with enslavement and imported disease eventually diminished these civilizations and left them under the influence of British, French and Spanish rule. The Bermudans emerged as the natives of the Islands and thrived in the 17th century through slavery, cotton and salt trade. Increasing competition within the industries led to deterioration of the soil and a hurricane in 1813 wiped out the remaining plantations. Turks and Caicos is now counted as a British Crown Colony and has emerged as a premium destination for exotic beaches, world-renowned diving and leisure travel.
Turks and Caicos boasts a rewarding culture filled with art, music, dancing and delicious seafood. Verdant landscapes and picturesque beaches have produced inspiring artwork. Charming crafts such as hand-woven baskets, palm leave hats and decorated bowls fill the marketplaces. Ripsaw music, native to Turks and Caicos, is gracefully accompanied by a myriad of elaborate dances. And every celebration is mingled with the tastes of fresh conch and succulent lobster.
Time ZoneTurks and Caicos runs on Eastern Time and observes Daylight Savings from April to October.
Destination information is subject to change without prior notice.
Miles of white-sand beach and clear turquoise waters span over 40 islands in the Turks and Caicos archipelago. Oceanfront resorts feature accommodations just footsteps from the shore and are found on the major tourist islands. Those seeking seclusion will discover more than 32 uninhabited islands framed by hidden coves and providing the perfect backdrop for an intimate escape or thrilling adventure.
Fresh seafood establishes the Island fare with conch, lobster and other Caribbean delicacies. International offerings from virtually every part of the globe are also available in the resort areas. Savor the tastes of Mediterranean, British, Italian and classic American entrees under the many venues that take full advantage of the Island seascape. Both connoisseurs and casual eaters will delight in the Island and International fare available in Turks and Caicos.
Nature and history blend together for a limitless array of excursions on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Visit the 200-year old cotton plantation of Cheshire Hall. Observe the annual migration of humpback whales around the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Explore the largest cave system in the Caribbean on Middle Caicos. Or look over the ocean from the famous Lighthouse in Grand Turk. With all this and a myriad of uninhabited islands to explore, the adventures of Turks and Caicos is limited only by ambition.
Scuba Diving and More
Without question, scuba diving is the leading attraction in Turks and Caicos. One of the longest coral reefs in the Caribbean immerses divers in a vibrant world of humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins and colorful coral. Anglers also adore these waters for the big game fish and oversized Blue Marlins that often weigh between 100 and 400 pounds. And every resort area has a launch for sailing, windsurfing and snorkeling through the warm Caribbean waves.
All eyes in-land for a challenging line up of land sports and recreations. Fine-tune your swing on Providenciales’ Provo Club Golf Course. Ride under the glow of the Caribbean sunset with horseback tours on the beach. Or hit the hard courts on one of the resorts' immaculate tennis courts, some with flood lighting. No matter your fashion of forte, Turks and Caicos offers the island recreations for the serious land lover.
Destination information is subject to change without prior notice.
Picturesque beaches and blossoming flora infuse your romantic getaway with the charms of Turks and Caicos. Celebrate one another on an uninhabited island, where gentle trade winds and lapping ocean waves are the only sounds heard. Or take advantage of the wedding and honeymoon packages available at most resorts. Everything from the flowers and photographer to the make-up and minister is taken care of with these comprehensive packages.
- Original Birth Certificate
- Proof of Status- If single, a sworn affidavit is required. If divorced, proof of Decree Absolute is required. Original or notarized copy, sealed by the Clerk of the Court is acceptable. Widow/Widowers need the Death Certificate of the previous spouse.
- If there’s been a name change by Deed Poll or Adoption, proof is required.
- Letters from both parties stating: occupation, marital status, age, present address and father’s full name.
- A residency period of 1 Day (24-hours) is required before application for a Marriage License can be submitted to the Registrar in Grand Turk. The ceremony can occur any time after approval of the application, which is usually a period of 2-3 days. The person completing the forms must present all original documents to the Registrar.
- The marriage must be solemnized by a registrar of Marriage Officer (usually the Registrar General for Special Licenses) who is entitled to payment of reasonable traveling expenses if the marriage takes place somewhere other than his usual place of business.
- Parties must not be in prohibited degree of relationship to one another.
- For church weddings, many ministers require proof of membership.
- A $50.00 License Fee is assessed.
Wedding requirements are subject to change without notice.