About Turks and Caicos
Located south east of Mayaguana in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos have been inhabited since 1512 and has since become a British Overseas Territory. A relatively dry and warm country, Turks and Caicos is a tropical climate with rainfall rare during the summer months.
While the official language of the islands is English, the population also speak Turks and Caicos Islands Creole which is extremely similar to that of Bahamian Creole, due to its close proximity to Cuba. The dominant religion found on these islands is Christianity and Catholicism among a variety of other variations.
The islands are probably most well known for their ripsaw music which is shown off during their annual Music and Cultural Festival which showcases many local talents, along with other performances by music celebrities well known in the Caribbean and USA. Women are also keen on traditional crafts using straw to make baskets and hats; a tradition which has been born from the Africans who first joined the population back in the 1830s.
The most popular sports in Turks and Caicos are fishing, sailing, football and cricket; cricket being the national sports of the islands. Upon visiting the islands you’ll also find that the cuisine is largely made up of seafood – predominantly conch – with two common dishes being conch fritters and conch salad.
Tourism is undesirable for the locals in the Turks and Caicos due to the traditional culture and beautiful landscape, as a result, many westerners will stay in: The Somerset on Grace Bay, Beaches Resorts, Seven Stars Resort, Grace Bay Club and Alexandra Resort.
The island is known for its agricultural products which include: maize, beans, citrus fruits, fish and lobster. The islands also import food and beverages and tobacco.