The Turks and Caicos Islands, which lie at the south end of the Bahamas chain, are separated by the Turks Island Passage connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Caribbean. Their natural attractions make one wonder why the Turks & Caicos remained "undiscovered" for so long. Their beautiful beaches, 200-mile long reef system with great diving, snorkelling and bonefishing, now draw visitors from around the world.
Providenciales, known as "Provo," is the busiest island, with world class resorts - low rise and eco-friendly - lining the 12 miles of powdery white beach on Grace Bay. Provo's many restaurants offer everything from local specialties on the beach to haute cuisine by candlelight.
Cockburn Town on quieter Grand Turk is the capital of the Islands. It's architecture is Bermudian Colonial. A walk through town, by the pink Victoria Public Library and Oddfellows Lodge on the way to the T&C National Musem, is rewarding. Grand Turk is home to a few charming inns and lodges especially popular with divers. The Wall, a vertical coral formation a short swim off the west coast, is a major attraction.