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Cool Facts About the Turks and Caicos

tc)1875Turks and Caicos is famous for a lot of things, most recently as the best place for SUP in the Caribbean, but here are some other fun, little-known facts about our island home:

  • The Turks & Caicos Islands form the southern tip of the Bahamas chain in the north of the Caribbean region. Their nearest neighbour to the south is the Dominican Republic.
  • The islands are low-lying and formed by coral reefs. The Caicos Islands are larger than the Turks.
  • The name Turks is said to come from a local species of cactus, the Turk’s head, with a scarlet top resembling a Turkish fez. The name Caicos may derive from ‘caya hico’, a phrase meaning ‘string of islands’ in the language of the indigenous Arawak people.
  • One third of the population is under 15 years old. Only 4% are 65 or older.
  • Each year the islands’ population is outnumbered ten times by tourists, attracted by the beautiful beaches and ocean resorts. Some of the beaches are powder-white.
  • This is a biodiversity hotspot. You’ll find lizard snakes which look like snakes, but are actually legless lizards.
  • You’ll hear ripsaw music on the Turks & Caicos Islands, made on a common hand saw and accompanied by drums, box guitar and concertina.
  • The national sport is cricket. Fishing, sailing and football are popular too.
  • The Turks & Caicos Islands made their debut at the Edmonton 1978 Commonwealth Games. The territory returned in 1998 and has competed ever since.
  • Fun fact: The flag of the Turks & Caicos Islands once depicted an igloo. This was caused by a map maker confusing piles of salt with these ice and snow structures.

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