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Turks and Caicos
They are tailor made for divers, snorkelers and deep-sea sports fishermen - and for visitors seeking a more laid back and less touristed setting than found on most of the other major Caribbean Islands.
Not true Caribbean Islands
The Turks and Caicos sit in the Atlantic Ocean, just beyond the Caribbean Sea. I include these islands in my Caribbean Guide because they are considered "Caribbean" by most travelers and the tourism industry.
Don't expect lush tropical islands
Turks and Caicos islands are relatively dry. Only 60 millimeters (25 inches) of rain fall per year. You won't see the type of lush verdant landscapes found on Caribbean islands like Jamaica.
The two main Islands
The Turks & Caicos comprise several dozen islands (most are uninhabited). The two most significant are:
It is the favorite of tourists and part-time residents. Locals call it "Provo".
It's the capital city as well as the business and off-shore financial centers of the islands.
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The underwater photo is the property of the Turks & Caicos Tourist Office and is used with permission.