The Turks & Caicos Islands just 575 miles southeast of Miami in Florida is synonymous with luxury and is known for its numerous spas. World-class facilities await you on this picturesque island.

There are actually 40 different islands and cays, with only 8 of them being occupied and the islands boast uncrowded beaches, luxurious spas and world-class hotels. The Turks & Caicos Islands is also home to what has been chosen as the best beach in the world by Trip Advisor travelers. Grace Bay Beach is an 11-mile stretch of pristine sand that has gained notoriety to years in a row. The diving in the Turks & Caicos Islands is spectacular – the reefs are teeming with colorful tropical fish, but that’s not all that can be seen. Large stingrays, sea turtles, barracuda, sharks, snapper, lobster and grouper can be seen on the mile high underwater Wall of Grand Turk, offering the novice and the seasoned diver a feast for the eyes.

Visitors to the Turks & Caicos Islands can also find an array of water sports to engage in such as Jet Ski rentals, boating, and parasailing, which is as calming to do as it is to look at. The Turks & Caicos Islands is a paradise for the interested traveler that provides more options than you ever thought possible.

Music and food intertwine to make your Caribbean experience delectable. Internationally acclaimed chefs offer fine dining cuisine that has hints of French and Caribbean influences. Your dining experience will be memorable as you look out at one of the most incredible sunset the world has to offer.

Shopping is a truly enlightening experience on the Turks & Caicos islands. The island does not have the trendy chain shops that dot the landscape of almost every beach town in the United States and some in the Caribbean as well. It is made up entirely of boutique, individual shops that offer beachwear, original art, woven textiles, iridescent sea shells, and the more of the kids of things you want to see in a beachside shopping gallery.

The Turks & Caicos Islands provides the tranquil vacation you have been looking for. Take a stroll on the beach at sunset and revel in the beauty of the area. Sip Turks Head beer and have a conversation with a stranger. There’s no better time to enjoy life than right now. There’s no better place to do it than on the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Size: 193 square miles
Population: 32,000

Language: English
Demonym: Turks and Caicos Islander

Government: British Overseas Territory
Currency: US dollar (US$)

Main City: Cockburn Town
Main Airport: Providenciales International Airport

Telephone Country Code: 649

Local Beer: Turks Head
National Dish: Conch: cracked, steamed, fried or in coconut milk.

Entry Visa: All visitors to the Turks & Caicos Islands will need to have a valid passport and an onward or return ticket. Visas are not required for citizens of the United States, Canada or Western Europe.

When To Go: The weather in the Turks & Caicos Islands is warm year round. The temperature ranges between 85°F and 90°F. Trade winds keep the area cool. The island is extremely popular during the January through April high season. The Grand Turk Game Fishing Tournament in July and the Turks & Caicos Conch Festival in November are also popular times of year to visit.

Marriage Requirements: Couples looking to get married in Turks & Caicos Islands will need to apply for a marriage license via the Registrar Office. This license takes two to three working days to process.

Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• passports
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report

Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 21, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor

Residency Requirement: Persons must be on island for 48 hours before applying for a marriage license.

Fees: US$150

Witnesses: Two people are required to witness the marriage.