Resort Report

  • TCI in World War II January 3, 2021 The Fauna, Part II 1942 By Captain Eric Wiberg In the Summer 2020 issue of the Astrolabe, the author detailed the first part of the tale of the Fauna, a 1,272-ton Dutch steamship. The Fauna left New York on May 6, 1942 destined for Grand Turk with a crew of 29 men and a load of cargo, ... Read more about this post
  • Modern Crusoes January 3, 2021 The rest of the story. By Jeffrey Dodge In 2017, the Astrolabe published a story I wrote about 19 Californians who went to East Caicos in 1940 with the intention of establishing a utopian colony there. (See: https://www.timespub.tc/2018/01/modern-crusoes/). Since that article was published, I have been contacted by descendants of the group’s leader, Richard Irvine. They’ve shared ... Read more about this post
  • Living Outside the Box January 3, 2021 TCI’s sea, sand, sun and safety entices buyers. By Kathy Borsuk 2020 feels like a year of boxes. We’ve tried to stay in our “home” box as much as possible. We’ve communicated via our “phone” box or our “computer” box while peering at the boxes that hold our family, friends’ and colleagues’ faces. We’re entertained by looking ... Read more about this post
  • Back in Time January 3, 2021 Salt Cay is a remnant of the “Old Caribbean.” By Debbie Manos One side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a corporate nostalgia for the past. The global upheaval and massive changes of 2020 have many yearning for the “good old days.” In the Turks & Caicos Islands, there is a place referred to as “the island ... Read more about this post
  • One Small Splash for Man January 2, 2021 SCUBA diving revolutionized ocean exploration for all. By Carmen Hoyt, The School for Field Studies Late one summer night, nearly 51 years ago, half a billion people watched in anticipation as Neil Armstrong was the first human to step onto the moon. An event embodied by the phrase “One small step for a man, one giant leap ... Read more about this post
  • Coming Home to Winter January 2, 2021 Shore birds rebound after Hurricane Irma. By Eric F. Salamanca, Elise Elliot-Smith, Caleb Spiegel, Jen Rock, Craig Watson, Bryan N. Manco and Lormeka Williams ~ Photos By Eric F. Salamanca The Piping Plover is a rare shorebird that breeds in the United States and Canada and migrates to the southern US, Caribbean and Mexico for the winter. The International ... Read more about this post
  • Teenage Turtle Tales January 2, 2021 Using satellite telemetry to study the lives of sea turtles. Story & Photos By Dr. Peter Richardson and Amdeep Sanghera, Marine Conservation Society Earlier this year, we finally published the results of 18 years of sea turtle research carried out with our partners at the Turks & Caicos Islands Government’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR), ... Read more about this post
  • America’s First Christmas January 1, 2021 For Columbus, the holiday did not bring “glad tidings!” By Bill Keegan, Betsy Carlson and Michael Pateman ‘Twas the night before Christmas Christmas Eve, 1492, sailing with a light wind, the Niña and Santa María exit the Mar de Santo Thomás. At 11:00 PM, standing one league off Punta Santa, there was little wind, the sea was “as ... Read more about this post
  • A Record Breaker January 1, 2021 2020 hurricane season was the busiest in history. By Paul Wilkerson Back in the Spring 2020 issue of Times of the Islands (what feels like a lifetime ago), warning was given of the potential for an active season. Everything pointed to prime conditions for fairly frequent tropical activity. What I did not anticipate was the busiest tropical ... Read more about this post
  • Soul Food January 1, 2021 A tale of transformation. By Diane Taylor Diane “Dee” Taylor lived and worked for three years on Pine Cay with her husband Gary Hodgkins in the early 1980s. They worked with PRIDE (Protection of Reefs and Islands from Degradation and Exploitation) under the direction of Chuck Hesse. Diane’s job was culturing algae for the feeding of conch ... Read more about this post
  • A Salty Mystery October 2, 2020 Why would anyone copy this old picture postcard? By Jeffrey Dodge ~ Images Courtesy Jeffrey Dodge Why, in the early 1920s, would someone on Grand Turk island want to copy a specific 1906 picture postcard that was out of print and no longer obtainable? Was the picture on this 1906 postcard of special interest to someone? Most ... Read more about this post
  • Lucayan Legacies October 2, 2020 Images of the past. By Joanna Ostapkowicz ~ Images By Merald Clark (copyright) In 2017 during a visit to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, I came across a temporary exhibit filled with children’s paintings focusing on island history, both past and present. At the very start of the exhibition were several paintings showing Columbus laying ... Read more about this post
  • Cycling Paradise October 2, 2020 Mapping the North and Middle Caicos Cycle Trail By Jody Rathgeb Everyone views “paradise” through a different lens, and people in the Turks & Caicos Islands are no exception. Divers see the country as an underwater paradise; watersports enthusiasts see a windsurfing paradise, a paddleboard paradise, a sailing paradise; and vacationers find paradise in lazy beach days ... Read more about this post
  • Welcome Back! October 1, 2020 How to travel gracefully during a pandemic. By Jayne Baker ~ Photo By Marta Morton As Caribbean nations start to loosen their border restrictions, the allure of near empty beaches and low hotel occupancy is calling to (masked) travelers. For some, it’s a return visit to a beloved home away from home—perhaps an island destination they have ... Read more about this post
  • Sea Stars or Starfish? October 1, 2020 The fascinating world of the echinoderm. By Melissa Heres, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies ~ Photos By Anna Handte-Reinecker The name “echinoderm” might not bring much to your mind—perhaps unwelcomed trips to the dermatologist or a whiff of echinacea. But by taking the word apart we learn that echino- translates to ... Read more about this post

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Award-winning Master Photographer Christine Morden, owner of Paradise Photography (myparadisephoto.com), took this photo through the window of a historic building on Salt Cay. She used this unique perspective to provide a creative twist on a beach landscape.

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