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JoJo - This wild Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin has been cruising the waters of Grace Bay for more than three decades. Occasionally he has paired up with another wild dolphin and has probably had at least two offspring. Jojo’s mates move on but Jojo seems to prefer the company of humans to his own kind. JoJo has been declared a National Treasure, and has swum with thousands of visitors and residents. If you encounter this wonderful ambassador for the Turks & Caicos, remember; He is a WILD animal. Do not attempt to touch him or feed him. If you are in the water, he may choose to swim with you. If you are on a boat, he will often follow in the wake or play in the bow wave. This unique dolphin has brought the country international recognition and the government has given him protected status. Read more about JoJo at www.jojoandjay. com and www.deanandjojostory.com or just Google Jojo the dolphin.

Glowworms – An unusual phenomenon occurs in our waters for three to six nights after every full moon in the ebb tide waters of the Caicos Banks.

Irregular flashes of fluorescent green dot the water and then fade away. These brilliant lights dotting the surface are quite striking, and can appear by the handful or in the hundreds. They have a rather romantic origin. They are caused by the courting rituals of marine glowworms (Odontosyllis enopla). While the lovely lady glowworm swims toward the surface, she releases bioluminescent egg masses, which make small bright green glowing spots that seem to attract the handsome Mr. Glowworm. He becomes so excited, he literally lights up with his own bioluminescence. When the two of them finally meet at the surface, she spins in circles, releasing more eggs. He dances around her, releasing gametes onto the eggs, and a baby glowworm is born. Most charter boats offer glowworm excursions.

Sapodilla Hill – This protected historic site overlooks the turquoise Caicos Banks, South Dock Port and, to the north, Chalk Sound National Park. A footpath to the summit leads up from the long driveway to the defunct Mariner Inn. The attraction, in addition to the views, is numerous carvings dating back to the 1650s, made by shipwrecked sailors, or as is the more common story; wreckers waiting for their quarry.

Cheshire Hall Plantation – The ruins of this 18th century plantation are well maintained by the National Trust (941-5710). Interpretive signs and landscaped paths take you from one point of interest to the next. Located on Leeward Highway near the Hospital just before downtown, the $10 per person fee for a guided tour (open M-F 8:30am to 4:30pm) is definitely worth it.

Providenciales Campus of the Turks & Caicos National Museum– The Turks and Caicos National Museum Foundation Development Office, and the Caicos Heritage House Park outdoor exhibit, are in the Village of Grace Bay, in Providenciales. The office features a historical timeline of the Turks and Caicos Islands, from 200M BC to 1900. The highlights of this timeline will be developed into exhibits, to be showcased in the new museum.

Caicos Heritage House, ‘A Portal to Our Past,’ is an outdoor exhibit of a traditional, self-sufficient Caicos dwelling with surrounding garden, depicting typical life in the Caicos Islands for the past 200 years.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 1pm. Tel: 941-5358 or 247-2161. Visit www.tcmuseum.org

George Wilson Museum – A charming museum occupying an excellent location in the heart of Grace Bay’s Regent Village. The museum, which opened in December 2016, offers a fascinating glimpse into the past of the Turks and Caicos Islands, by using original goods, furniture, tools and crafts to depict the traditional lifestyle of the resourceful times of yester-year. Highly recommended. Located in units B104 and B103 in The Regent Village. Entry is $5.

Rock Iguanas – The simplest way to see our native Rock Iguanas (Cyclura carinata) is to get yourself to Little Water Cay, which is part of the Princess Alexandra National Land & Marine Park. It’s a three minute boat ride, or a bit longer by kayak, from the docks at Leeward Going Through. A boardwalk meanders through the forest and over the dunes that iguanas call home. For just $8 or $15 per person, you can observe these rare ‘miniature dragons’ that are found nowhere else in the world but the TCI.

Turks & Caicos National Museum– Appropriately located in the historic old Guinep House on Front Street in Grand Turk, the museum is one of the top ten small museums in the world. The exhibits and artefacts displayed provide a fascinating and informative look at the history, culture and progress of these islands. A treasure trove of artefacts from the Molasses Reef wreck, the oldest shipwreck in the western hemisphere, are on display, as is the impressive Fresnel lens from the Grand Turk lighthouse.

The museum’s adjacent Botanical and Cultural Garden is an idyllic place to take a shaded walk and learn about the flora of the island. Admission is $5. Members of this not-for-profit, publicly funded museum are admitted free of charge. Learn more at www.tcmuseum.org