Turks and Caicos
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- Location: Caribbean (West Indies)
- Capital: Cockburn Town
- Language(s): English
- Total Area: 430 sq km
- Population: 45,322
- Currency: United States Dollar
- Curious Alcohol Fact: All sorts of wines and beers are available.
- Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: Not available
- Most Popular Drink(s): Rum, wines and beers
Being a prime destination for tourists from all parts of the globe, this island nation is truly a culinary paradise. With countless bars, steakhouses, shacks, eateries and restaurants, wining and dining have been turned to arts in Turks and Caicos. These restaurants offer you the finest Caribbean, Asian (Thai and Japanese), Italian, French and other meals that are too numerous to be stated here. International dishes are available at affordable rates and at the Japanese bars; you can try out the legendary sushi! Seafood is more or less the best on these islands of splendor.
- The islands are made of limestone.
- The ‘Turks’ in the name is from a type of cactus that looks like the cap of the Turks while the ‘Caicos’ is a modification of the Lucayan words (caya hico) for a group of islands.
- The island chain has been claimed by various European powers over time and there were periods when it was governed indirectly through neighboring Jamaica and Bermuda.
- The original inhabitants of the islands are the Arawak-speaking Indians.
- At a point in the 17th century, the islands of Turks and Caicos were depopulated as a result of the activities of the Spanish colonists.
- The Turks Island Passage separates the various islands in the chain.
- English is the official language on the islands.
- Ripsaw music is very popular in Turks and Caicos.
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