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Schooling Fish Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands

These splendid groups of islands are like the Bahamas without the crowds, and hundreds of secluded little beach locations are perfect for a romantic swim or loud family fun.

Part of the Larger Antilles and strung north of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos deliver greater serenity and privacy while offering less nightlife, shopping and bustle. That’s “less,” but not “none.” You’ll find things to do on a rare rainy day or at night, but with an easier-going vibe.

The Turks and Caicos are an overseas territory of the UK. The majority of the population is descended from African slaves with mixed Caribbean ancestry. A significant minority are descended from British loyalist fleeing the US after the War of Independence. The official language is English, and a creole dialect is also spoken. Read more

Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, USVI

US Virgin Islands

Many experienced travelers proclaim the US Virgin Islands to be among the prettiest lands in the entire Caribbean. Located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, the three largest islands are Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas, with many smaller islands surrounding them. They form 133 square miles of gorgeous terrain with lovely beaches and a brilliant climate, and if you love life outdoors, the US Virgin Islands will surely delight.

As part of the United States, the national language is English. Several creole languages are spoken too, and you might hear Spanish during your visit. The US dollar is the official currency. More than two million visitors arrive each year, many via cruise ships, but you can still find quiet beaches or nature trails where you can unwind amidst nature’s beauty. Read more