Living in Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of 40 islands in the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on Earth. For a long time, Turks and Caicos had almost no tourism, depending mainly on the salt industry to sustain the economy. In the 1960s, a few American developers came, building an airstrip, marina, and hotel on Providenciales, but the number of tourists remained small. But when Club Med opened a resort at Grace Bay in the 1980s, Turks and Caicos began its boom as an international tourist destination. Today, only nine of the islands are inhabited, with most residences, hotels, and restaurants located on Providenciales, informally nicknamed Provo. Cruise ships generally dock at the island of Grand Turk, home to the capital of Cockburn Town. The other seven inhabited islands and cays are wilder and significantly less populated, serving as home to exclusive and secluded resorts and villas.