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Occupying 193 square miles of ocean, the Turks & Caicos Islands have the third largest coral reef system in the world, and the best beaches, in the world, making the country tops for travelers looking for romance, family vacations, ecotourism and adventure, both above and below the water. With 230 miles of beaches, the islands are desert, ranging from sand bars to low vegetation.
There are eight inhabited islands – Salt Cay, Grand Turk, South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales (Provo), Parrot Cay, and Pine Cay. Most resorts are on Provo, with its world famous Grace Bay and international airport. Development is controlled, but slowly expanding to other islands as opportunity and conditions permit. While several quaint hotels predate the arrival of jet aircraft, newer resorts are far grander, offering something for practically everyone, except jungle. Diving at Grace Bay and other locations is unsurpassed.
Some of the top resorts in the Turks and Caicos include Beaches Turks and Caicos, for families; Club Med Turkoise, for singles; Ocean Club Resorts; Point Grace; and Parrott Cay Resort and Shambala Retreat.
Not To Be Missed – Annual Conch Festival culinary competition – November 23-25, 2007; Underwater Photography Competition – June 1-September 30, 2007; Film Festival – October 16-23, 2007.