The official language in Turks and Caicos is English. Other major languages spoken in the islands include Spanish, French, and Italian. An English-based creole language, known as Turks and Caicos Creole, is also commonly spoken by a majority of the popular. It is similar to other Caribbean creole languages, especially Bahamian Creole. This particular style of creole is based on English vocabulary but employs African grammar. While this is not an official language of the islands, nearly 10,000 people here speak it. Haitian Creole is another commonly spoken language in Turks and Caicos due to immigration from Haiti.Most of the residents of Turks and Caicos are from the United Kingdom, France, Haiti, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Scandinavia. The many and varied backgrounds and cultures of Turks and Caicos residents brings international diversity to the islands.
Spanish-speaking communities have developed in the Turks and Caicos Islands due to immigration and the islands’ proximity to other Spanish-speaking countries and islands including Hispaniola, Cuba and Dominican Republic.
The natives of Turks and Caicos are known as “Belongers” and often speak with their own dialects that differ between areas and islands and are influenced by the region or area where the Belonger may have originated. It is always advised to learn some key phrases to help you understand the people within this culture.
While the Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory, the currency used and accepted here is the United States Dollar. Most hotels, restaurants, and taxis also accept traveler’s checks. Traveler’s checks may also be cashed at most of the local banks within Turks and Caicos. Most credit cards are accepted, and banks offer ATMs and cash advances on credit cards. A 15% tip is most common for services in Turks and Caicos. It is most common to tip waitresses, taxi drivers, maids, and porters.