Surface area : 430.0 km2
Population : 19350 inhabitants
Turks and Caicos are duty-free islands but here, there are no luxury boutiques. Most duty-free shops are concentrated on Leeward Highway at Provo. You will find jewellery and all the beach gear needed for your stay. Cigars come all the way from Havana. As souvenirs, you can take back batiks and clothing. The main attraction is undoubtedly the vast diversity of paintings inspired by Haitian native traditional art. You will find numerous galleries at Provo. Shops open in the week and on Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
The strength of Turks and Caicos does not lie in its cuisine. This is merely made up of chips, Mexican dishes, hamburgers and pizzas. Seafood lovers can treat themselves to lobsters, shellfish, crabs and fish that thrive in the waters. Produced in large quantities locally, try the conches (molluscan shellfish). It is delicious when sliced thinly and marinated for a long time. You will find numerous imported wine and beer as well as local, tropical fruits.
It is always advisable to ask before taking a photo of somebody. Do not display impatience, this does not go down well with people.
It would be a pity to make such a long journey for one beach only, instead of taking full advantage of the vast natural wonders of Turks and Caicos. Diversify your delights. By air, by sea, no matter the size of the islands, do not hesitate to explore them. Wherever you go, you will alwas be close to a marine reserve or a natural park. Birds and animals at Salt Cay, a rich variety of activities at Provo, whales at Salt Cay or the wild beaches of North Caicos will leave you with indelible memories.