Some good news: I’m going to the Turks and Caicos at the end of the month! Turks has been an island that’s been on the back of my mind so I’m tickled turquoise that I got invited to photograph a resort and the island. *Fist pump.
Naturally, I started to do some research and here are some random findings that I found interesting:
- TCI consists of two islands: Grand Turk (think Old Town) and the Providenciales (also known as Provo), where the tourists go
- The capital of Turks and Caicos is Cockburn Town in Grand Turk
- Population is 30,000 and the common phrase is “Alright, Alright,” the common way of saying hello
- Club Med’s resort Turquoise opened in 1984 and will be 30 in 2014
- Conch is the local delicacy. It’s pronounced “Conk”
- There’s a conch farm and a conch festival (held Nov 25 to 26). I’m sure you’ll hear the full report!
- Bill Cosby and Denzel Washington consider Pine Cay, an 800 acre island, their vacation escape
- Queen Elizabeth II last visited the island in 1966
- L’Raye Cinema is the only movie theatre on the island and opened in Provo in 2007 with three screens
- The local beer is called Turk’s Head; though rum punch also seems to be the popular local drink
- Jacques Cousteau called Provo one of the ten best diving spots in the world
- Provo’s barrier reef runs the full length of the island’s 27 km
- What I read in a guide book: “absolutely no spear guns or Hawaiian slings allowed.” Because that’s the FIRST thing I’m thinking of putting in my carry on when I go to an island
- For a beach dream, Bambarra Beach is the secret travel writers don’t want you to know about
- Salt Cay on Grand Turk is one of the best places on earth to see a whale. There’s about 7,000 North Atlantic Humpback Whales from January to March
- There are also many flamingos on the island. Flamingos! And iguanas.
- The government adds an 11% tax on all restaurant bills
- Development is happening –and quick–so a green belted area has been planned so no structure over three stories tall is built