Things to see in Turks and Caicos islands

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Landscapes

The Turks and Caicos offer heavenly scenery where white sandy beaches give way to turquoise blue waters and and an ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see. Consisting of two groups of tropical islands in the West Indies, the Turks and Caicos boast a spectacular environment with lush green forest-covered zones. They are also home to the largest network of caves in the Caribbean, as well as ponds and natural lakes lined with charming cottages and where pink flamingoes abound (namely in North Caicos). To really discover the natural beauty of these islands, some of the many activities you can do here include snorkelling, kayaking, riding on 4x4s, horse-riding, and a variety of boat excursions.

The fauna and flora

The fauna and flora are of an exceptionally rich diversity. Here, you are on the route of migrations. 150 bird species have been identified on the islands. Wild donkeys ply the countryside in the midst of a unique species of red-flowered and fez-shaped cacti. 33 underwater and land reserves are scattered on and around the island.

Arts and culture

The very first inhabitants of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Lucayans, developed an independent society with their own political system, language, religion and a wealth of artistic and artisanal traditions. With the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the Europeans, the Lucayan civilisation was brutally eradicated after its inhabitants became victims of slavery and the barbarity of its conquerors. The Indian population that subsequently lived on the islands was also wiped out, but its art and crafts traditions still live on today and are a fundamental part of the local culture. However, their shapes and the methods used to create them are very different from those of their ancestors. There are many galleries on the islands that exhibit works of art by local artists such as Jean Gardiner-Taylor, for example, who has won a number of prestigious awards for her creations, such as the Caribbean Art Exhibition prize. She notably represented the Turks and Caicos Islands during the event dedicated to Caribbean Art in Santo Domingo. Her works can also be admired in the 5-star Parrot Cay Resort and in a number of other private residences on the islands of the archipelago.

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