The Turks and Caicos Islands are a tropical British Overseas Territory located in the Caribbean.
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Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of around 40 islands (although only 8 are inhabited) in the Atlantic Ocean.
As an archipelago, this country has no borders. Its nearest countries are Puerto Rico to the southeast, Dominican Republic and Haiti to the south, Jamaica to the southwest, Cuba to the west and the Bahamas and USA to the northwest and north.
Want to call your family or friends here? You’ll need to use the international dialling code, +1649.
Flag of Turks and Caicos
If you fancy topping up your tan, enjoy a spot of diving or a week of fishing, set your boat for Turks and Caicos! The coordinates for which are 21.7500° N, 71.5833°
The terrain here is low, flat limestone islands, some with mangrove swamps and extensive marshes.
The total land area of the Turks and Caicos Islands is 161 square miles (417 square kilometres).
Turks and Caicos’s population was 37,665 in 2018.
The capital is Cockburn Town which has a population of 4,831 (2012).
The average life span here is 80.1 sun kissed years. (2018)
Turks and Caicos enjoys a tropical marine climate, with sunny, hot and relatively dry weather. Perfect!
On average, there are 350 days of sunshine in Turks and Caicos! Not bad, eh?
During the summer months, the water temperature here is around 28 degrees Celsius! Just right for swimming!
There are no lakes or rivers found here. The country’s freshwater supply relies on rainfall and desalinated water.
Turks and Caicos is home to the only commercial conch farm in the world!
If you’re a nature lover, head to Turks and Caicos to watch the annual Humpback whale migration!
The official language of Turks and Caicos is English.
Despite being a British overseas territory, the US Dollar is the official currency here.
The people of Turks and Caicos grow beans, corn, citrus fruits and cassava and they also catch fish.
The industry here consists of tourism and offshore financial services.
Turks and Caicos exports lobster, fresh and dried conch and conch shells.
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