It was not until the early 1980’s when Club Med Turkoise Resort opened that Providenciales – and Turks & Caicos in general – started to become a viable tourist destination.Since then, increasingly more development has taken shape, and the small, salt raking island country of Turks & Caicos has grown into what is quickly becoming recognized as one of the world’s premier beach destinations.Delta offers Thursday, Friday and Saturday service from Atlanta, as well as Saturday only flights from Boston and New York.
Jet Blue has daily flights from New York and Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Saturday service from Boston.
United Airline offers service from Newark, NY everyday except Tuesdays. Westjet has service from Toronto on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and a flight from Montreal on Fridays.
During this time, the salt making industry was born.
Bermudians came to Turks & Caicos to rake the salt and take it back to Bermuda.
In 1706, the French and the Spanish briefly captured the Turks & Caicos Islands from the Bermudians.
Four years later the British reclaimed the islands for Bermuda but in subsequent years the place became primarily a haven for pirates and British Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution.
Turks is a reference to the indigenous Turk’s head cactus and Caicos is from the Lucayan term “caya hico” meaning string of islands.
Another peculiarity that has been passed down through the generations is a love of shellfish, particularly conch – which is actually available in abundance to this day, thanks to the work of the Caicos Conch farm, the only commercial conch farm in the world.
Though the days when the Lucayans fished and sailed the turquoise waters of Turks & Caicos have given way to live-aboard dive boat operators, commercial fishing and off-shore financial services, their gentle temperament and love of nature can still be felt today, after almost 1200 years.