Turks and Caicos Islands

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Turks and Caicos Islands

(kī`kōs), dependency of Great Britain (2005 est. pop. 20,600), 166 sq mi (430 sq km), West Indies. There are more than 30 cays and islands, of which eight are inhabited. Geographically, the islands are a southeastern continuation of the BahamasBahamas, the
, officially Commonwealth of the Bahamas, independent nation (2005 est. pop. 301,800), 4,403 sq mi (11,404 sq km), in the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of some 700 islands and islets and about 2,400 cays, beginning c.50 mi (80 km) off SE Florida and extending c.
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. The capital is at Cockburn TownCockburn Town,
town (1990 pop. 350), capital of the British dependency of the Turks and Caicos Islands, located on Grand Turk Island, on the Turks Island Passage. The port town is the islands' administrative, commercial, and cultural center.
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 on Grand Turk. Lobster and conch are primary exports; the economic mainstays are tourism and offshore financial services. There is also an underground economy based on the transportation of illegal drugs. For nearly three centuries (until the 1960s), salt production was the islands' main industry. The population is largely of African descent; Protestantism is the main religion and English is spoken. The islands are governed under a constitution that came into effect in 2012; direct rule was imposed by Britain from 2009 to 2012 due to evidence of corruption, dishonesty, and administrative incompetence under the previous constitution. There is a unicameral 20-seat House of Assembly with 15 elected members (5 at large and 10 from constituencies), 4 appointed members, and the attorney general, all of whom serve four-year terms. The government is headed by a premier, and the monarch of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, represented by a governor, is the head of state. The islands were first visited by Europeans in 1512 when Ponce de LeónPonce de León, Juan
, c.1460–1521, Spanish explorer, first Westerner to reach Florida. He served against the Moors of Granada, and in 1493 he accompanied Columbus on his second voyage to America.
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 landed there; they were a dependency of Jamaica until that island's independence in 1962.
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interCaribbean Airways, the official airline of the Turks and Caicos Islands, announced its new route to Santiago de Cuba, with services to Havana, Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), Cuba, slated to start in early 2016.
The names of 15 people have reportedly surfaced in connection with the sale of 2,500 acres of Crown land on Middle Caicos, said to be the largest, yet secretive, sale of Crown land in the history of the Turks & Caicos Islands, reports Caribbean News Now (May 2, 2011):
Clarke accepts the honor of being the first artist invited to capture the beauty of the pristine, private island of Ambergris Cay through the Turks & Caicos Sporting Club Guest Artist Program, which begins in May.
You simply can't find a better value for premium accommodations on Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos.
The winner and their guest will be flown in to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands courtesy of interCaribbean Airways from one of the countries or cities in which interCaribbean flights are offered (winners traveling from other cities will need to arrange their own travel).
DPS Sporting Club Development provides all Turks & Caicos Sporting Club members with informative guidelines on how to co-exist peacefully with the rock iguanas.
Royal West Indies Resort is a luxury, beachfront resort situated directly on world-famous Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Richards-Ross will then deliver a keynote address to the Turks and Caicos graduating class of 2014 at a career fair being held at the Regent Palms Resort.
The addition of the airstrip to the Turks & Caicos Sporting Club stands head and shoulders above any jetstrip that has been built on any private island in the Caribbean.
Anchored on the peaceful western end of the Turks and Caicos most famous attraction, Grace Bay Beach, West Bay Club features luxuriously appointed ocean front suites and a boutique range of amenities.
InterCaribbean Airways will offer with this new service, for visitors, citizens and residents of The Turks & Caicos Islands the chance to be able to take a day trip, with a morning flight departure and an afternoon return flight.
Luxury destination club Quintess, The Leading Residences of the World (LRW), and Miami-based development firm Gencom Group, on April 15 announced a joint partnership to develop a beachfront "resort within a resort" enclave in West Caicos, a private island in Turks &Caicos at the Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, a Gencom Group-owned property.