Location: The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. The islands are located 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and just to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti.) Technically, the Turks and Caicos are located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.
Coordinates: N 21°15' .6, W 72°46'.7
Capital City: Cockburn Town
Area: Providenciales, or more commonly known as "Provo", covers an area of 38 miles and is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos.
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time is observed from April to October.
Currency: US dollars
Electrical Current: 110 volt/60 cycle, suitable for U.S. appliances.
Telephone code: Country Code is 1+649
Turks & Caicos is known for the safety and lack of crime on the island. However, we still encourage our guests to be smart. Lock up valuables in your safe, keep the villa locked and do not leave valuables in the car.
There are two very modern hospitals in the Turks and Caicos Islands, one is Cheshire Hall Medical Centre (20 beds) in Providenciales, 649-941-2800 and the other is Cockburn Town Medical Centre (10 beds) in Grand Turk, 649 941 2900.
Turks & Caicos Shopping : Visitors to Turks & Caicos enjoy duty free shopping with prices generally a good deal lower than in North America or Europe on some items.
Turks & Caicos Transportation
The island has ample taxis and rental cars. The island is small and relatively easy to get around.
Turk & Caicos Gas Stations
You will find gas stations throughout the island.
WiFi/Computers: Most villas and resorts offer WiFi internet.
Banking: Turks & Caicos has an extensive network of banks with ATMs located across the island including; British Caribbean Bank, FirstCaribbean International Bank, and Scotiabank. Banking hours are generally: Monday thru Thursday 9am-3pm. and Fridays 9am-4:30pm.
Restaurant Gratuities - Tipping is not mandatory and should be done only if the service warrants compensation. Many restaurants will add a 10% - 15% service charge and this will show as a separate entry in the bill. Tipping rates are similar to what they are in the US.