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Turks and Caicos Facts
Passports and VisasPassport required for entry.
Health InformationNo vaccinations required for entry.
Electricity120/240 Volts/60 Cycles
Gratuity TipsHotels add 10% to 15% to your bill for service. At restaurants, tip 15% if service isn't included in the bill. 10% for taxi drivers.
Taxes and VATSThe departure tax is $35. Restaurants and hotels both add a 9% government tax.
Banks, Credit Cards, ATMsThere are few ATM machines on the islands so have small denominations of currency available. Many of the larger hotels can take care of your money exchange requests. Banks are open Monday - Thursday 8:30-2:30 and Friday 8:30-4:30.
Driver License RequirementsA valid driver's license is required. Driving is done the British way, on the left hand side of the road.
Clothing RequirementsBeachwear and comfortable clothes such as shorts and t-shirts. In the evenings, lightweight sweaters and jackets can be worn. Nudity is illegal throughout the islands but some hotels do allow it.
Tourism InformationTurks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board (FL):
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A romantic and laidback honeymoon is what newlyweds find on Turks & Caicos. One of the most valuable attributes of the islands are their pristine white sandy beaches, which cover 230 miles and are complimented with crystal clear turquoise waters. The islands also have the third largest coral reef system in the world, making it a premier diving and snorkeling destination. Turks and Caicos is not a destination of the masses, so those looking for a little peace and solitude on their honeymoon are sure to find it here.
- Grace Bay Beach — Voted "Best Beach" by Conde' Nast magazine. The Turks and Caicos islands pride themselves on the pristine powder white sand beaches that surround all of the islands.
- Humpback Whales — North Atlantic Humpback Whales are seen around the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay during the months of late January through early April
- Middle Caicos Caves — These limestone caves are said to be the largest in the Caribbean. Spend a morning exploring the caves and an afternoon snorkeling for sand dollars.
- JoJo the Dolphin — One of the few dolphins around the world that voluntarily interacts with human beings in his own natural habitat and has been doing so since the 1980. He has become a National Treasure!
- The Rock Iguana — The Turks & Caicos Rock Iguana is found nowhere else in the world
- Turks & Caicos National Museum — Guinep House, which chronicles the country's life as well as the legend of the Molasses Reef wreck, the oldest European shipwreck to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere
- The Hole — naturally formed massive limestone 40 foot Hole where people can be lowered down a rope 80 feet to a swimming hole--For the adventurous!
The main islands consist of two groups separated by the Columbus Island Passage: The Turks Group, which includes Grand Turk and Salt Cay, and the Caicos Group, which includes West Caicos, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos, and South Caicos.
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Destination Wedding Information
- Waiting period: 24 hrs. to apply, 2-3 days to marry
- Proof of divorce or death certificate
- Birth certificate or photo ID
- Most churches require proof of membership
- Under 21, must have parental consent
The traditional church wedding is the most popular wedding in the Turks and Caicos. To contact a church for your wedding, see the list below:
- Anglican 649-946-2289
- Methodists 649-946-2115
- Baptist 649-946-2295
- Roman Catholic 946-941-5136
- Faith Tabernacle 649-946-4214
- Seven Day Adventist 649-946-2065
- New Testament Church of God 649-946-2235
- Church of Prophecy 649-946-2394
Turks and Caicos Reviews
by Tracy Carr last updated on 03/30/2009