The Turks and Caicos Islands are two groups of secluded tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago in the Caribbean. The islands are a fantastic destination for relaxation, with 230 miles of tranquil sandy beaches, which allows for a barefoot luxury feel, with sand consists of broken down shells and coral, and therefore particularly soft. The islands are a mariner's dream; the pristine reefs and crystal clear azure waters make for thoroughly enjoyable fishing experiences and snorkelling trips. The Turks and Caicos are acclaimed for exceptional diving; The Parrot Cay Resort is in the top ten diving destinations in the world.
Traditionally, The Turks and Caicos were dependent upon seafood for cuisine, but today, although seafood still predomniates menus, there is a lot more scope for choice. Dishes such as sushi, traditional Moroccan pastilla and carpaccio di manzo are available. There is an annual Conch Festival, where vendors come together to sell conch in celebration of the islands' national symbol and most famous delicacy. This cultural affair sees local acts performing and participating in 'Conch knocking', a competition in which the shell has to be broken in order to get the animal out.