Located 464 miles south-east of the Bahamas, set among 170 square miles of tropical, coral-rich water, Turks & Caicos’ strident nautical heritage continues to infuse this charter-friendly region with an attractive mix of international influences. However, with a resident population that barely exceeds 30,000, it remains a sparse and special place. Aside from the genteel clamour of well-to-do resorts springing up along Providenciales’s beach, it feels wonderfully unaffected by the rest of the world. Even the nominal capital, Grand Turk, is a case study in quiet colonial elegance. Turks & Caicos is certainly a less obvious charter destination than its famous neighbours, but for those in search of purist Caribbean yachting, it is the quintessential desert island destination.