Hotel in Turks and Caicos

July 15, 2011 |

Resorts in the Turks and Caicos (TCI) offer easy access to tourist amenities as well as the beautiful pristine nature of the islands. These islands are an archipelago of 8 larger islands that are a geographical continuation of the Bahamas, but form an independent political entity that is a British Overseas Territory. There are two groups of islands separated by the Columbus Passage. The island of Grand Turk, to the east, is the political center of the territory. The larger Caicos chain to the west, features many pristine ecological reserves, as well as the focal point of the country’s tourism industry, on the island of Providenciales, better known as Provo.

These islands to the east are actually an atoll made up of the remains of ancient coral reefs situated on top of a seamount (an underwater mountain), now known as the Caicos Bank. The Caicos Bank is a shallow body of water known for its coral sands and crystal-clear water. There are seven large islands in this western chain, and most are either uninhabited or sparsely populated. One, Ambergris Cay, features its own private airport stretching out into the azure Caribbean Sea.

Provo, the main urban center, is home to a small population of 22,000 residents. It’s scattered communities from east to west are connected by the Leeward Highway, which offers easy access to Grace Bay Beach, Turtle Tail, as well as an international airport with regular flights to Miami, New York, Toronto and London.

There is very little development on Provo, especially its western region. It’s possible to drive for less than 20 minutes from your hotel to Silly Creek, off Chalk Sound National Park for an afternoon of windsurfing or snorkelling in crystal clear waters filled with native conch and large Caribbean crabs. After a day spent enjoying the beautiful beach environment, a Turks and Caicos resort is just a short car ride away.

Charles Edwards lives on the West Coast and frequently writes about hotel in Turks and Caicos topics.

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