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average temperature ranges between 75 and 85 degrees. From June
to October the, the temperature can will reach into the 90's,
especially in the late summer months. A constant trade wind keeps
at a very comfortable level.
There is an annual
rainfall of 21 inches on Grand Turk and South Caicos, but as you
go further west the average rainfall could increase to 40 inches.
Hurricane season is June to October; this may vary slightly.
Shorts are worn
in town as well as the beach. During the day, it is adviseable to also
wear sunhats and sunscreen. In the evenings, light sweaters and jackets
can occasionally be worn. Nudity is illegal throughout
the islands but some hotels do allow it.
The US dollar is
the official currency of Turks and Caicos. It is augmented by the crown
and quarter. Travelers cheques, which can be cashed at local banks,
are accepted by most hotels, restaurants and taxi services.
Duty free goods that may be
brought in to the Islands include: one carton of cigars or cigarettes, one bottle
of liquor or wine, and perfume for personal use. To bring in firearms of any
type (including spear guns and Hawaiian slings), you must have written approval
from the Commissioner of Police. Controlled drugs and pornography are illegal.
Electricity follows the U.S.
standard: 120/240 Volts/60 Cycles.
Either a passport or birth
certificate and a photo ID are required for entry to Turks and Caicos. Visitors
are allowed to stay 30 days, this is only renewable once. You also must have
a return or on going ticket. There is a US$15.00 departure tax required for all
departees over the age of 12. For luggage restriction, individual airlines should
and Departure Requirements
The Turks and Caicos provide
an ideal destination for a quick getaway or an extended stay. Proximity to the
United states means its only a short 90-minute flight to the heart of a tropical
Turks and Caicos are located
575 miles southeast of Miami Florida and 100 miles north of the Dominican Republic.
The main islands consist of two groups separated by the Columbus or Turks Island
Passage: The Turks Group, which includes Grand
Turk and Salt Cay, and the
Caicos Group, which includes West Caicos, Providenciales, North
Caicos, Middle Caicos, East
Caicos, and South Caicos. The total
land area of the main islands is 193 square miles.
The islands of Turks and Caicos
are a British Crown Colony. A queen-appointed governor holds executive
power and presides over an Executive Council. A Chief Minister heads the local
government, which consists of several other ministers and a legislative council
that can enact statues. The Judicial Branch is headed by a Chief Justice, a Chief
Magistrate, and three Deputy Magistrates and follows British Common Law. Two
times a year, judges from the British Court of Appeals hold court in the Islands,
with the final right of appeal resting with Her Majestys Privy Council
Originally based on salt production,
the local economy shifted to tourism in the last 30 years. Another substantial
and rapid-growing industry is the off-shore financing sector, regulated by the
Financial Services Commission. Local fish products that are exported include
conch and lobster.
English is the primary language
of the Turks and Caicos.
There is a full service hospital
with 36 beds on the island of Grand Turk. Extensive medical services are also
available on Providenciales. There are Health Clinics on all of the islands and
a Hyperbaric Chamber is available on Providenciales.
The Islands enjoy direct worldwide
telephone access. Available telecommunications devices include fax machine, telexes,
cellular phones, and Internet connections. Public phones operate by phone cards.
The population of Turks and
Caicos is approximately 20,000 - 25,000 citizens. They are referred to as "Belongers."
Turks and Caicos is on EST
and Daylight Savings Time is observed from April to October.
If you have any more questions
about visiting the Turks & Caicos, you can always contact the Turks & Caicos
Tourist Office in Miami:
Turks & Caicos Tourist
11645 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 302
North Miami, FL 33181
Toll free: 1-800-241-0824
Anyone with a valid driver's
license from their home country may drive on the Islands. Taxis are also readily
available in the Turks and Caicos. Motorcycles, Scooters, and Bicycles can be
rented for transportation as well. Vehicle Rental tax is $10 far cars and $5
for scooters, insurance extra. Driving is done the British way, on the
left side of the road.
Living in the islands requires
a residence permit, obtainable from the Immigration Office in Grand Turk (see
phone # below). Working or operating a business in the Islands requires work
and business permits, which will be granted if the applicant demonstrates a skills,
experience, or qualifications that are scarce on the Islands. Companies that
offer employment opportunities to locals get priority.