Turks & Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory. These islands are geographically part of the Bahamas chain, but are a separate country, located 575 miles southeast of Miami. Columbus discovered the islands in 1492, with control being passed from Spain, France and then to Britain. The Turks and Caicos Islands are a group of eight large islands and a few dozen smaller ones. Only five of the large islands and a few of the smaller ones are actually populated, the rest are only inhabited by wild birds and lizards. If you rent a boat, you can easily travel to your own uninhabited island! The islands are divided into two groups: the Caicos islands, which include Providenciales, East Caicos, West Caicos, North Caicos, South Caicos and Middle Caicos. Of these, East Caicos and West Caicos are not inhabited. The Turks Islands only include two: Grand Turk and little Salt Cay, both of which are settled. The capital of the Turks and Caicos is Cockburn Town on Grand Turk, an ancient settlement on Grand Turk.
Providenciales is the urban centre of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Familiarly known as "Provo," the island offers all the modern conveniences one could desire while remaining a superior vacation destination for one who wants an escape from stress and overpopulated cities. Along with having one of the ten best beaches in the world (Conte Nast Traveler), Providenciales also has world-class diving, fishing and golf.
Sapodilla Bay is one of the favorite beaches of the locals. It is often called "Childrens Bay." The ocean in front of the Villa is shallow out to approximately 100 meters and then drops off allowing large sailboats and Yachts to anchor, taking advantage of the Bay's protected nature.