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Turks and Caicos Islands


    • Affiliation:
      (dependent territory of the UK)

    • Location:
      Caribbean, two island groups in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of The Bahamas

    • Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

    • Area:

        total area:
        430 sq km

        land area:
        430 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly less than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      389 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive fishing zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      tropical; marine; moderated by trade winds; sunny and relatively dry

    • Terrain:
      low, flat limestone; extensive marshes and mangrove swamps

    • Natural resources:
      spiny lobster, conch

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        2%

        permanent crops:
        0%

        meadows and pastures:
        0%

        forest and woodland:
        0%

        other:
        98%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        limited natural fresh water resources, private cisterns collect rainwater

        natural hazards:
        frequent hurricanes

        international agreements:
        NA

    • Note:
      30 islands (eight inhabited)






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