of the Caribbean's best-kept secret holiday destinations, the Turks and Caicos
Islands are located at the southeastern tip of the Bahamas, 575 miles south
east of Miami, Florida and 90 miles north of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
How to get here: Flying time from Miami to Providenciales via jet is approximately 1hr 20mins. British Airways currently flies direct from London England via Nassau on Sundays.
New flights from a variety of US destinations and carriers seem to change all the time. Ther airport code to Provideciales is PLS. Go online to find your preferred carrier and departure airport.
There are also various scheduled flights from other Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Haiti. Again the international airport code is PLS.
Constant trade winds keep life comfortable in the Islands,
with the coolest months averaging 70 degrees in the winter and 90 degrees during
the summer. It doesn't rain much here, so be sure to bring plenty of high factor
sun cream.Island life is informal and most restaurants are casual, but a few insist
on more formal wear in the evenings. It is not considered appropriate to be on
the public beaches without a bathing suit.
Currency is the US dollar. Most hotels
and restaurants accept traveler's cheques, which can also be cashed at local banks
and stores. Most credit cards are widely accepted.
is easy now that the main Leeward Highway has been reconstructed.We
drive on the left - mostly in American manufactured cars. There are roundabouts.
Remember to keep left and proceed with care. Driving is an exciting Island experience
and there are plenty of places to explore.
Providenciales is the main tourist destination and has developed in very recent years to become the focal point for tourism and commerce. Visitors land at Providenciales International Airport (airport code PLS), a first class facility completed in 1996 and the hub for onward travel to the other Turks and Caicos Islands. Providenciales is approximately 14 miles long and between 1 to 4 miles wide, a total of 37.5 square miles, has a resident population of around 16,000 people and now boasts world-class accommodations; one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the world, an 18-hole championship golf course, a multitude of water sport activities including boating, fishing and professional dive operations and the world's only commercial Conch Farm. Most of the bars, restaurants, hotels, condos, resorts and dive operations are concentrated on the northern shores of Providenciales (or Provo as it is known locally), between Turtle Cove and Leeward, which incorporates the famous, breathtaking 12 mile Grace Bay Beach. The coral reef, teaming with marine life, is easily visible from here and protects this part of the Island from the Atlantic Ocean. The serene Turtle Tail area of Providenciales is a private unspoiled haven, offering great bone fishing (akin to fly fishing) in Flamingo Lake, wonderful private vacation villas with fabulous ocean views and deserted cove beaches, yet is centrally located and only a 10 minute drive to the main tourist areas.Long Bay Beach offers yet another unspoiled 5mile stretch of pristine beach and is still very undeveloped. Just a few fabulous designer villas grace its peaceful shoreline. Turtle Cove Marina hosts an International Billfish Tournament each July, when large sports fishing boats come from far and wide to compete. Many beautiful vacation villas are located on the quiet, but accessible southern part of the Island, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Turk has been the seat of government for over 400 years
and is the political capital of the Turks and Caicos and home to the Governor's
residence. In 1492 Christopher Columbus landed here on his first voyage in search
of the Far East.
Other notable Cays include Parrot Cay now home to an exclusive 5 star resort and spa, this small island was once a pirate hideout in the 1700's; Pine Cay a private Island boasting exclusive homes, with nine miles of nature trails and no cars. Residents travel around on golf carts; Dellis Cay an excellent place to find shells, including sand dollars; Little Water Cay asanctuary for the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas and a popular stop off point for beach cruises; Fort George Cay a national historic site where Loyalist cannons can be seen in the shallow waters close to the shore. All are easily accessible by boat from Providenciales and well worth a visit.
THE STORY BEHINDTHE NAME - SEA FEATHERS..a true history
On the 18th of January 1687, the "Henry of London" with her captain Francis Rogers, second mate William Covell, three divers and salvage equipment, arrived off the coast of Grand Turk to search for the wreck of a Spanish galleon. On the first day, they searched the north side of the island to no avail, so they set off early the following morning to try their luck on the south side.Rogers took a small canoe and one diver and Covell took the other two divers in a slightly larger boat. After many hours of searching, Captain Rogers had become very discouraged, as neither he nor Covell had found any sign of the wreck.Since it was late afternoon and the light was failing, Rogers gave the order to head back to the ship. Just at that moment, Covell looked down into the crystal clear waters and saw a sea feather of "extraordinary colour and beauty" and as he had nothing better to bring his captain, Covell sent one of his divers down to fetch it. As the diver tried to pluck the sea feather, a current of water moved it aside to reveal the rusted guns of the sunken Spanish galleon. The crew worked the wreck for three days, recovering treasures that included silver artifacts and over 3000 gold pieces of eight. Captain Rogers kept the sea feather with him for good luck on all his subsequent voyages.
We were inspired to chose this name for our company for many reasons, including our love for these beautiful Islands which have been our home for over twenty years.
Heartfelt thanks to the remarkably talented Turks and Caicos Island band Tropical Soul for their inspirational song "Turks & Caicos We Love You".