The Turks and Caicos are often shortened to TCI for ease and lie in the West Indies. TCI are well known as a tropical holiday destination and are actually a British Overseas territory. The islands of Turks and Caicos are only 90 minutes from Miami in the USA, just over 1,000 kilometers or 640 miles and American travelers often take Turks and Caicos vacations. The islands have a population of around 36,000 people and the capital is Cockburn Town.
Cockburn Town – Explore the old colonial city with retains its old charm and there are also some great dive sites to be found in the area.
North Caicos – Head north for an eco adventure where you can go kayaking, diving and snorkelling in the clear blue waters and try cycling the local lush terrains.
The Caribbean region is actually made up of some 7,000 islands which are commonly known as the West Indies. The 'Caribbean' usually refers to the Caribbean Sea, the actual Caribbean islands and the coasts which sit on the Caribbean Sea. The area was named the West Indies in 1492 after explorer Christopher Columbus thought he had landed in Asia, in the Indies.
The largest island group is the Antilles which is divided into the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles which comprises the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos. This area is also called the Caribbees and are mostly formed from a long volcanic chain.
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