The Turks and Caicos Islands, or TCI for short, are a British Overseas Territory (formerly called Crown Colonies). The capital is Cockburn (pronounced “Co’burn”) Town located on Grand Turk Island. A governor is appointed by the Queen and presides over the Executive Council, which is made up of an elected local self-government.
Turks and Caicos Islanders are mostly descendants of Africans, who were brought in to work the salt pans or the cotton fields. Today, only 8 of the 40 islands and cays. The islands are home to roughly 30,000 full-time residents.
The main islands of The Caicos are:
Providenciales (aka, “Provo”)
The main islands of The Turks are:
The TCI economy is dependent on the tourism and real estate development industries, in addition to seafood export.
In an average year, TCI has 350 days of sunshine! With average air temps of 80 to the mid-90’s and water temps from 75 to 85 year round, it is easy to see why more than 20,000 tourist visit TCI each year.
The currency of TCI is the US Dollar (US$) and the official language is English. As a British Territory, they drive on the left side of the road (“Keep Left!!”). They observe Eastern Standard Time, adopting Eastern Daylight Saving Time from April to October.