to the southern Bahamas, to which they are geographically linked, these
flat, coral islands are a British Overseas Territory. Miles of sandy
beaches attract sun-loving tourists from North America to a water
playground, for there is little of interest on land to tempt them away
from the sea. Diving and snorkelling are superb among coral gardens,
wrecks and walls which drop dramatically to the floor of the ocean.
Whales migrate through the deep Turks Passage and dolphins can be seen
following boats and even swimming with divers, while fishermen wrestle
with huge game fish out in the ocean.
accommodation is on the island of Providenciales (also known as
'Provo'), where 12-mile Grace Bay on the north shore is now
wall-to-wall hotels providing package tourism and the condo lifestyle.
There are lots of facilities for sailing, diving and fishing as well as
golf or just enjoying the beach. Grand Turk is the seat of government
but is a quiet, unhurried place with a few small dive lodges and some
pleasant colonial buildings. Its residents are uncertain about the
merits of the cruise ship pier built in 2004 and the arrival of cruise
passengers in large numbers in the winter season. Other inhabited
islands, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay, have
tiny populations, although each has its own distinctive character, and
they are good places to escape the crowds. Island hopping is easy and
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