A Quick Guide to Real Estate in Grand Turk
By Larry Banders
Grand Turk is an exciting town on the Grand Turk Island, a small island paradise off the coast of the Bahamas. Containing the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, it attracts many visitors each year, owing to the beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters off the island's shore.
The Grand Turk Island contains the administrative and financial center of the Turks and Caicos. It is also home to many historic and cultural spots. The six-mile long island attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, and is home to about 3,720 locals. People are mostly of African descent, but there is also an increasing number of expatriates from the UK, the US, Canada, France, and the Bahamas. English is the official language, and the US dollar is used as currency for trade and transaction.
The island experiences more than 300 days of sunshine each year, which is excellent for those who would like to enjoy the beaches and the waters. Despite the vast amount of sunshine, inhabitants of the island get to enjoy a cooler subtropical climate throughout the year due to the constant wind breezes that flow through. Temperatures are at the upper 70's during winter, and at the low 90s during the hottest days of summer.
Two airlines provide flights to Grand Turk from the Providenciales island of Turks and Caicos. The Providenciales International Airport takes in flights from Atlanta, Miami, London, Boston, and New York. The Grand Turk Island also has main international ports and harbors which can accommodate ships and vessels. On Grand Turk, car rental services are available, but vehicles from the US and Europe are available for those who would like to purchase one.
It is mainly the pristine waters surrounding the island that attract tourists to the Grand Turk. It is home to several beaches, with Governor's Beach being the most popular one. The island is a haven for fishers, sailors, and divers. There is a vast amount of marine life and tropical flora and fauna in the coral reefs just off the shore, and snorkelers and divers are free to swim around and take a look at them. Others can also enjoy water sports and activities like windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, boat rides, and sunset cruises.
Aside from water activities, Grand Turk is also home to many historic and cultural spots. The Turks and Caicos National Museum in Grand Turk houses many artifacts, including the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest European shipwreck which dates to around 1505. At the northeastern point of the island is an old but scenic lighthouse built in 1852. The downtown area contains many homes built in the 18th to 20th centuries, which have been well maintained and are a popular sight to see.
Many of the island's houses and buildings feature the Bermudan British colonial architecture which, along with the subtropical environment, gives the Grand Turk the perfect Caribbean feel to it. This is one of the many reasons why expatriates have chosen to relocate to the Grand Turk. The combination of the island paradise setting in a bustling financial center makes it an ideal place for adventurous adults to settle in.
Tourism, marine product export companies, and offshore financing service companies provide jobs for the residents of Grand Turk. There are several public and private primary, elementary and secondary schools, as well as schools for advanced studies in Grand Turk and the surrounding localities on the island. Crime rate is one of the lowest in the Caribbean, and security is maintained by a British-trained police force. This makes the Grand Turk a great area to buy real estate and build a home in.
The Grand Turk is definitely one beautiful island paradise that you'd love to live in!
Larry Banders has more than 13 years experience in Grand Turk condominiums and properties. Larry also publishes guides to Caribbean discounts and promotions on the web. You can learn more about Grand Turk real estate at http://lemeraudegrandturk.com
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