The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory only 37 miles long and all together consist of 40 islands and cays, of which only 12 are inhabited. There are two main islands, Grand Turk (Turks Islands) and Providenciales (Caicos Islands). These islands are 575 miles south-east from Florida and 90 miles north of the island of Hispaniola. Turks and Caicos is technically located in the Atlantic Ocean and not the Caribbean. There are approximately 31,000 residents (2012 census) and they welcome about 450,000 Air travel and 650,000 cruise ship tourists per year.
The currency used in the island is the US dollar and the primary spoken language is English (although Haitian Creole and Spanish are also spoken by minorities). Daylight savings time is observed and they are in the Eastern Time Zone. The islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.