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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

Arrived in Turks & Caicos Islands. In English-speaking country again! Island looks deserted...drove thru downtown without realising it. A few shops, scattered luxury resorts, white sandy beaches...  My couchsurfing.com host, Alex, is away, and he has arranged his colleague, Paul, to pick me up at the airport.  I was brought to Alex's place and given the keys in what's a very generous gesture. 

 

Paul drove me around Providenciales. A rather sleepy place and buildings are far apart. There are few tourist attractions in the traditional sense. Most foreigners come here to lie on the beaches for a week or two. A number of movie and pop stars also have villas here. Many of these villas and houses are located in rather scenic spots, especially those by Chalk Sound, where one could see water on both sides of the road and most houses afford a spectacular panoramic view of isles and gentle rolling hills.

 

The population of TCI is only 30,000 and vast majority live in the westernmost Providenciales Island. The capital, however, is Cockburn Town on the small island called Grand Turk in the far eastern end of the archipelago.  Most of the islands' permanent inhabitants, known as Belongers, are descended from African slaves but there are many migrant workers from Haiti, Dominican Republic and the Philippines.

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