Population: There are about 6,000-7,000 local natives known as “belongers” and about 25,000 ex-patriots who establish residency or work here. In addition, there’s an influx of about 283,000 visitors per year.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time (AST)
Location: Turks & Caicos is located about 110 miles south of the Bahamas and 600 miles southeast of Miami, FL.
Weather: The Turks and Caicos weather is just one of the many reasons why people flock here. The year-round temperature averages between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature does increase to the mid-90s during the summer and drops to the mid-70s in the winter. The close proximity of the islands to the equator means there is not a big temperature change between seasons that would be experienced in the northern Caribbean, specifically the Bahamas and Bermuda. There’s typically low humidity and not much rainfall so there’s the perfect jet stream of temperatures and a nice easterly breeze.
Flights: There are 50 direct flights to Turks and Caicos on a weekly basis from major US cities including New York, Miami, Charlotte, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago. There is also a seasonal flight that leaves from Forth Worth, Texas, and international flights from London, elsewhere in Europe and Toronto, Canada. Air travel can range from one to eight hours by commercial air depending on your location.
Cruises: Grand Turk Island — the largest in Turks and Caicos — is actually home to a brand new cruise ship port. This facility is housed on 18 acres of landscaped grounds and visitors can relax on white sand beaches, explore interactive exhibits, shop duty-free in a high-end 45,000-square-foot shopping center, swim and snorkel in the reefs.