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Snapshots: Turks & Caicos

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"Flying High"

Flying High
"Flying High"
Grace Bay
Turks & Caicos Islands

The Turks & Caicos Islands

The Turks & Caicos Islands are an odd place.

They owe their existence to a reef that encompasses the island chain. Most natives, or belongers, who live here are descendants from slave ships that crashed on that reef. Tourists are surrounded by opulence, and yet you cannot help but notice something is amiss.

The government is fantastically corrupt. The UK took back control to end the dysfunction and hasn't yet given it back. The local adult population is overwhelmingly obese, while the children and teenagers all look emaciated -- a sign of a diet rich in carbohydrates and little else. Since the country must import all food, it is very expensive. Unfinished and abandoned hotels and properties dot the landscape. Tourism and attracting second home owners are the only two industries. In the posher resorts, guest facing staff are imported from Asian countries. We stayed on Parrot Cay, whose original name was Pirate Cay. (For branding purposes the government decided to change it.)

Yet my wife and I keep going back, attracted to the area's innate, natural beauty.

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Parrot Cay
Turks & Caicos Islands