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Where Are the Turks and Caicos Islands?


The view of Cockburn town beach on Grand Turk island.

Turks and Caicos Islands consist of over forty low-lying islands and cays in the northern Caribbean. They are a British Overseas Territory consisting of two groups of tropical islands in the West Indies, the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands. Only eight islands are inhabited, and two-fifths of the 36,000 people live on Grand Turk and Salt Cay.

The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas and north of the island of Hispaniola. Cockburn Town, the capital, is situated about 1,042 kilometres (647 mi) east-southeast of Miami in the United States. The islands have a total land area of 430 square kilometres (170 sq mi). The islands are geographically contiguous to the Bahamas, but are politically a separate entity.

The climate is tropical, and the economy is based on tourism, fishing and offshore banking.

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