The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory and comprises of two groups of tropical islands in the Lucayan archipelago, to the north of the Caribbean Sea. Covering a total land area of 616.3 sq. km (238.0 sq mi), the territory comprises of the smaller Turks Islands and the larger Caicos Islands as observed on the physical map of the territory above.
The islands (for most part) consist of low, flat limestone formed by coral reefs and include 8 main islands and over 22 smaller islands. The islands have extensive marshes and mangrove swamps, and all of them are ringed by sandy beaches. Middle Caicos and North Caicos are covered in some areas by green woodlands and a network of caves. The highest point in the Turks and Caicos islands are the Blue Hills on the north west Caicos (Providenciales) with an elevation of 49m (161 ft) and Flamingo Hills on East Caicos with an elevation of 156ft.
As observed on the map, Turks Islands are separated from Caicos Islands by a deep marine trench, measuring 2,200m (7,200ft) known as The Turks Island Passage.
Turks and Caicos has five administrative divisions called districts including four in the Caicos Islands and one in the Turks islands. The island of Grand Turk in the Turks Islands is also a separate division. The four divisions in the Caicos Islands are Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, and South Caicos. The district in the Turks Islands is named Salt Cay.
Located in the Grand Turk Island, Cockburn Town is the capital of Turks and Caicos. Providenciales, an island in the Caicos archipelago, is the most populated island.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory and comprises of two groups of tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago, to the north of the Caribbean Sea. They are positioned in the Northern and Western hemispheres of the Earth. The Turks and Caicos Islands are situated to the southeast of Mayaguana (part of The Bahamas chain of Islands); to the northeast of Cuba; and to the north of Hispaniola Islands (shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
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|Legal Name||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Capital City||Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)|
|21 28 N, 71 08 W|
|Total Area||948.00 km2|
|Land Area||948.00 km2|
|Currency||US Dollar (USD)|
|GDP Per Capita||$27,142.23|
This page was last updated on February 25, 2021