Beach scene

Providentiales International Airport (PLS)

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI to those who know) are only 37 miles long, and all together consist of 40 islands and cays. Though geographically close to the Bahamas, TCI is a British Overseas Territory. The economy of the TCI relies on the tourism industry, real estate development and the exportation of seafood. With a total population of 45,000 and more than 200,000 tourists annually, you could quite literally call TCI "touristy." Of course, there's a good reason for that.

In an average year, the Turks and Caicos Islands enjoy 350 days of sunshine. That's just enough time to stake out all the fabulous beaches (don't miss the award winning Grace Bay), play a round at the Championship Provo Golf Club, take a cruise around Turtle Cove Marina, explore the reefs from 100 feet below sea level or take a joyride in a dune buggy.

A Little Taste of TCI

The best known musical genre TCI is noted for is ripsaw music. The common handsaw is the primary instrument, along with various kinds of drums, box guitar, concertina, triangle and accordion. The saw is played by scraping an object, usually an old knife blade, along the saw's teeth.

When you're ready to settle in, there are more than enough places to stay and eat in TCI. From boutique hotels like Point Grace in Princess Alexandra National Park to luxury all-inclusive resorts like Grace Bay Club, located on 11 acres of beautiful beachfront, there are no less than 143 options to lay your head after a day in the sun. For your convenience, most hotels offer upscale dining experiences and there are close to 100 restaurants in tiny TCI, serving the freshest seafood straight from the sea.