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Turks and Caicos

About Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is a British Overseas Territory consisting of 12 islands in the Atlantic Ocean (not the Caribbean as is sometimes expected for a “tropical” destination), southeast of the Bahamas, and north of the Dominican Republic.  It is known for its warm temperatures and beautiful beaches, making it a popular cruise port and vacation destination. Most of the tourist activity is centered on the island of Providenciales (often called Provo), which is the third largest island in the Turks and Caicos.

For history buffs, you will find a unique exhibit commemorating the NASA Mercury space program, called “Splashdown Grand Turk”.   In 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth.  The splashdown of the Friendship 7 capsule took place off the coast of Grand Turk. The exhibit features replicas of an Atlas rocket, the Friendship 7 capsule and a replica of astronaut John Glenn in spacesuit.


Catholic Churches in Turks and Caicos:

The Catholic churches here in Turks and Caicos are, rather surprisingly, mission churches under the auspices of the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey.  There are three mission Catholic Churches on Turks and Caicos as well as one School.  They share a common website here.

Grand Turk:

Holy Cross


Our Lady of Divine Providence

South Caicos:

Saint Lucy’s

Catholic School on Turks and Caicos:

Holy Family Academy


Contact information for all the churches on Turks and Caicos:

Tel:  +1 649-041-5136

email:  rcmission@catholic.tc



 Traveling to Turks and Caicos:

Cruises:  Many cruise lines offer port calls at Turks and Caicos, docking at Cockburn Town on the island of Grand Turk. Normally these are short calls, so it is not practical to visit any of the other islands during your port call.

Airlines:  Many U.S. airlines serve Turks and Caicos flying in to Providenciales International Airport (PLS).



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