These islands are located not far away from the Bahamas and Florida, but despite that fact the Turks and Caicos Islands are an independent archipelago. The islands have become increasingly popular during the last decade. Travellers come there to enjoy relaxing beach rest and world-class diving. Just like many islands of the Caribbean, the Turks and Caicos are not very rich in architectural or historic landmarks, but under the tender sun and in the beautiful setting of the island travelers are unlikely to be interested in visiting museums. Instead, visitors are recommended to explore miles long coral reefs, swim with dolphins and see sunken ships.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are divided into two island groups that are divided by the Turks Passage. Turks Islands consist of Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Caicos Islands are bigger and consist of North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos, Providenciales and other smaller uninhabited islands.
Providenciales has become internationally famous for Grace Bay Beach, which was several times named the most beautiful beach in the world and the most beautiful beach of the Caribbean. The 14 kilometre long beach is located on the northern coast of Providenciales. The beach simply stuns with its beauty, white sand and crystal clean water. Apart from beach rest, this place is great for snorkeling and observation of coral reefs. Even though the beach is well known and is also considered the most popular beach of the Turks and Caicos Islands, it is still quite not crowded and less developed than popular beaches of the Bahamas Islands.
It’s great to mix beach rest with walking, so travelers are recommended to visit Chalk Sound National Park. The park is mostly known for its amazingly beautiful turquoise colored lagoon. The 5 kilometre wide lagoon features bigger green islands and tiny islets. The Sapodilla Bay Hills Rock Carvings, which is located nearby, is the place where a ship wrecked in 1844. The names of sunken sailors are carved on rocks of the hill.
Turtle Cove, which is located in Turtle Harbor, is a great place to relax and listen to live reggae performances. This is a popular bar that works as a restaurant on the daytime and as a night club at night. The most famous museum on the islands, Turks & Caicos National Museum, is located in Cockburn Town on Grand Turk. Other popular activities include visits to Conch Farm and Salt Cay, and flamingo spotting on North Caicos.
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