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Turks and Caicos are a series of small islands in the Caribbean, so any neighborhood affiliation would be primarily be by island. Grand Turk and Salt Cay make up the Turks portion, with Grand Turk being the capital island and Cockburn being the central town. This is the administrative and historical hub of the islands, with various museums and old buildings as attractions. It is also reputed to be the island on which Christopher Columbus set foot in 1492.
Providenciales, known as Provo, is the most developed island for tourism, with the largest airport of all the islands, many hotels, golf club, and grocery stores. There are also large foreign minorities of Haitians, Dominicans, French, Canadians, Germans and Americans here. The 12-mile beach at Grace Bay has been praised by Conde Nast and Island magazines, among others, for its exceptional beauty. North Caicos is the island with the most lush vegetation, and was formerly a plantation island. Today, it is home to large flocks of pink flamingoes. Middle Caicos is the largest island, with limestone cliffs to the north and swampland to the south. There are also a few plantation ruins to be found here, as well as various wildlife. South Caicos is the fishing capital of the islands and home to the Commissioner’s House, where Queen Elizabeth stayed when she visited the islands in 1966.East and West Caicos, the last two islands, are uninhabited.