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Living and working in the Turks & Caicos

Overview

The Turks & Caicos Islands are located 550 miles southeast of Miami, just below the Bahamas and to the east of Cuba. Technically, the Turks and Caicos are located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.

The Islands are home to roughly 30,000 full-time residents, and welcome more than 200,000 tourist annually. As an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, the main language is English.

Turks & Caicos Islanders are mostly descendants of Africans. The sizeable expatriate population consists of British, Canadians, Americans, French, Bahamians, people from Hispaniola and others from virtually everywhere in the world.

Providenciales ('Provo') is the urban centre and it offers all amenities you would expect to find. It has an 18-hole golf course, a casino, shopping centres, marinas, and excellent bars and restaurants. Being relatively unspoilt, Provo is also a divers' and water-lovers' paradise.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Climate

The average temperature ranges between 85 and 90 degrees (29-32 degrees celsius) from June to October. From November to May, the average temperature is 80 to 84 degrees (27-29 degrees celsius). A constant trade wind keeps the climate at a very comfortable level.There is an annual rainfall of 21 inches on Grand Turk and South Caicos, and as you go further west the average rainfall can increase to 40 inches. In an average year, the Turks and Caicos has 350 days of sunshine.

Hurricane season runs from June to November.

Time zone

Eastern Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time is observed from April to October each year.

Currency

The US dollar is the official currency of Turks and Caicos. Most hotels, restaurants and taxi services accept traveller’s cheques, which can be cashed at local banks, and credit cards are commonly accepted. Tipping is normally paid to waiters, taxi drivers, maids and porters at 15%.

Government

The Turks & Caicos Islands are a British Crown Colony. A Governor is appointed by the Queen and presides over an Executive Council formed by an elected local self-government. Government offices are located in Grand Turk, with branches on other Islands as needed. The legal system is based on English Common Law. 

Economy

Turks and Caicos became an offshore centre, following United Kingdom recommendation,  in 1970.   It has remained a zero-tax jurisdiction, with no taxes on income or capital, no exchange control, and statutory protection of confidentiality. 

The economy relies on the tourism industry, real estate development and the exportation of seafood. A wide variety of financial services are available, including company formation, offshore insurance, banking, trusts, limited partnerships and limited life companies. The Financial Services Commission regulates, develops and promotes the industry in major world markets. 

Settling in

Often candidates find their new peer group from the many available sporting and related social activities: Life in Provo definitely suits those who enjoy outdoor activities and the socialising that comes with it. People who are happiest on the Island are those who, outside of work, play a lot of sport and enjoy going out for an informal drink afterwards. A beer or rum cocktail enjoyed to the setting of the sun in the Caribbean is hard to beat!

Electricity

The electrical supply is 110 volt/60 cycle, which is suitable for US appliances.

Cable TV

Satellite television service is provided throughout the Islands, with most major American networks available.

Telephone service

Local and international service is provided both by Cable & Wireless and Digicel (wireless only). Telex, facsimile, Internet and cellular phone services are also provided. You can use your credit card or a debit PhoneCard at public phone booths. The country code is 649.

Mail service

Post offices are located on all inhabited Islands and mail is transported by air. There are many different issues and denominations of stamps for enthusiasts to collect. 

Clothing

Shorts are worn in town as well as the beach during the day. It is advisable to also wear sunhats and sunscreen. In the evenings, light sweaters and jackets may be occasionally needed in the winter. Dinner is usually not formal, most restaurants accept dress shorts while others require pants with a collared shirt for men and dress slacks or dresses for women.

Related links

Tourism in the Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos Islands
Financial services in the Turks & Caicos
More about Providenciales
Scuba diving in Provo
Department of Immigration
TCI Weekly Newspaper

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