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Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands is a country rich in history, and consist of eight major islands and numerous uninhabited cays located 575 miles south of Miami.

How was the Turks and Caicos Islands’ name derived? The popular story is that the name Turks was derived from the indigenous Turk’s Head ‘fez’ cactus, and the name Caicos, a Lucayan term ‘caya hico,’ meaning string of islands.
A more romantic origin of the name is a reflection of the Islands’ pirate history, when 17th and 18th century pirates used the islands as hideouts and preyed upon the passing Spanish treasure ships bound for Europe.

The term ‘Turk’ for a pirate stemmed two centuries earlier when the Ottoman Empire dominated the Mediterranean and Turkish corsairs harried European Atlantic shipping, thus translated ‘Turks’ Islands becomes ‘Pirate’ Islands!

What to do? How about snorkeling, diving, hiking & biking, kayaking & Stand Up Paddleboarding, fishing, horseback riding, kiteboarding & windsurfing, relaxing on the beach. Hard to choose? Stay long enough to enjoy them all!

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