Providenciales, largest of the Turks and Caicos islands, is TripAdvisor’s 2015 pick for the world’s top island.
Accommodations on Providenciales (Provo) include hotels and resorts, villas and condos, and all-inclusive resorts, like Club Med Turquoise, where I stayed twice in the early ‘90s, and Beaches. Most recently, I stayed at Ocean Club West, one of two Ocean Club resorts on Grace Bay.
Diving and snorkeling, boating/sailing, beach and watersports, golf, fishing, gambling (one casino is on the island).
White, powder soft beaches are found throughout the islands. Grace Bay Beach on Provo is home to many of Provo’s major hotels and resorts.
Food and Drink
Fresh fish and seafood is plentiful here, but on Provo, conch is king. Try conch fritters, marinated conch, cracked conch and conch chowder. The local beer is Turks Head.
Airport code: PLS. Providenciales (Provo for short), the site of the only international airport in the Turks and Caicos, is where the majority of tourists visit. Direct flights from U.S.: Miami (MIA), Atlanta (ATL), NYC (JFK), Charlotte (CTL), Dallas (DFW), Boston (BOS), Philadelphia (PHL) or San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Direct flights from Canada: Toronto (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL). Flights vary according to airline and day of the week. Tourist board link for more information: Turks and Caicos By Air
Providenciales (Provo) is the largest of the TCI’s eight inhabited islands. There are 40 islands and Cays making up the Turks and Caicos, which are located 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and just to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Laid back, relaxed, low-key nightlife, very low crime rate, family-friendly but also great for couples.
Tourist Board Website: www.turksandcaicostourism.com
Tour the Caicos Conch Farm, the only commercial Conch Farm in the world.
Eat at Da Conch Shack, where you can sample conch in every way possible.
Sail on Sun Charters’ former schooner, Atebeyra, where you will cruise through waters northeast of Provo. Enjoy sunning, snacking, snorkeling, and searching for sand dollars, ending with a spectacular sunset.
Scuba dive on healthy reefs and walls that are part of the third largest coral reef system in the world.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos — Twenty years had passed since my toes had touched the powdery, talcum-soft sand on Grace Bay. Time hadn’t changed the intensity of the calm turquoise waters, sheltered by the coral reef located a half-mile offshore, but my surroundings at Ocean Club West, a 68-unit all-suite beachfront property, were decidedly different from the livelier, party atmosphere of Club Med, the all-inclusive resort where I’d stayed in the early ’90s…
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Shades of turquoise water and azure sky meet pearly white sand, soft and sugar-fine, the kind you sink your feet into and sigh. From the vantage point of my beach chair, I watched a dad and his young son building a sand castle near the shore. I smiled at a couple strolling hand-in-hand near the water’s edge, then sank back to doze a bit before leaving my beachy lair for lunch at Ocean Club West’s Seaside Grill.
I’d arrived on the island of Providenciales (commonly called Provo), the most developed of Turks and Caicos’ eight inhabited islands, less than 24 hours ago, but, like the sun’s warm rays, I was already feeling its laid-back vibe penetrating my pores…
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