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World & Caribbean Awards Ceremony 2008

2 December 2008 - Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos

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Home to pristine beaches, breath taking hues from inviting waters and legendary diving, snorkeling and fishing, the Turks & Caicos Islands beckon to an undiscovered Caribbean. Just a short flight from the east coast of the US, the islands are a tropical classic, a throwback in time where relaxation is unavoidable and rejuvenation ensured. World class hotels, spas and restaurants await, as do their famous stretches of un crowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below the water, the unique serenity, hospitality and beauty of the islands offer pure relaxation.

The Turks & Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. The islands are located about 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and just to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola. Technically, the Turks & Caicos are located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea. Covering 193 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the islands have one of the longest coral reefs in the world, making it a premier diving destination.

The islands' economy is mainly based on tourism, with more than 200,000 tourists annually. In addition to this the islands are also a major offshore financial centre. There is a small traditional fishing industry that continues throughout Turks & Caicos. One of the most valuable possessions of the islands are the white sandy beaches, which in total cover 230 miles and are complimented with crystal clear waters. The islands are relatively flat but depending on the island, the terrain can vary from sand dunes to lush green vegetation. The inhabitants are known for their friendliness.

Today, Turks & Caicos stands on the threshold of an exciting future boasting the fastest growing economy in the Caribbean coupled with strictly controlled development to protect the islands heritage as a pristine sanctuary for both local residents and tourists to enjoy.

Beaches Caribbean Family Resorts
www.beaches.com
Turks & Caicos Tourist Board
www.turksandcaicostourism.com

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