Providenciales, known locally as “Provo”, is the main tourist destination island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Provo is about 18 miles long and just over 7 miles wide “as the crow flies” surrounded with white, sandy beaches that are world renowned. Grace Bay Beach has been awarded Best Beach in the World 3 times. The highest elevation of Provo is 135 feet at aptly named Blue Mountain. The view is breathtaking – the azure Caribbean sky meeting the turquoise ocean on both north and south shores.
The expansive Grace Bay Beachcoast line on the north shore meanders for over 20 miles as the foreground for the majority of the high end resorts and condos. On the south side of Provo is Long Bay Beach, again offering uninterrupted miles of beautiful white sand. Long Bay Beach waters have become well known for kite boarding due to the shallow waters and constant side shore trade winds.
The protective barrier reef surrounding the island breaks the incoming surf that creates the calm waters.All beaches in Turks and Caicos are public beaches with public access routes.
Scuba divers discovered TCI in the early 70s. Over the years dozens of dive and snorkel sites are enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. There are a number of experienced water sport operators that also offer other watersport activities such as SNUBA, deep sea fishing, kite boarding, para sailing, kayaking, sailing, charters,Standup Paddleboarding and even a semi-submerged Submarine. You can create your own agenda and the operators will happily arrange your wish - a champagne picnic on a secluded beach, a special occasion sunset cruise or a special glow worm tour after the full moon.
Lounging on the beach is a favorite pass time for many; taking a swim in the warm ocean, playing with your children on the beach or reading a good story while in a lounge chair is – I quote- “Doing Nothing Perfectly”.
Land tours are also available by tour operators or you may rent a car, scooter or taxi to discover the joys of Provo. A Horse back tour along the beach is the highlight of many. Provo has one championship 18 hole golf course located along Grace Bay Road with easy access. The course is challenging but once you finish your round there is a top notch club house to celebrate your success.
Provo is where most international flights arrive at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) with over 20 international flights arriving daily from major U.S. cities, Canada and England. There are two FBO terminals that also welcome many private aircraft. Flights to Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Antiqua, and San Juan are also available with local carriers. You can take a short flight to most of the out islands daily. There is also daily ferry service to North and South Caicos.
Accommodation is available to all tastes and budgets. Choose from condos and villas on the beach or inland hotels and private homes. You may book through resort management or through VRBO, AirBnB or on line. All accommodations are within a short walk or drive to a beach. Many accommodations have their own swimming pools. Whatever your choice the sun is shining, the waters are inviting and relaxation is the special of the day.
Provo restaurants are some of the best in the world with top chefs to prove it. You can dine in style enjoying Asian, Italian, Thai, Indian, French, Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine or you can have fresh, local seafood at any number of colorful local establishments.
The people of Turks and Caicos Islands are a diverse group of many cultures mixed with indigenous people. Wherever the “local” is from you will find yourself welcomed with smiles and genuine hospitality, interested in what they can do to make your stay the best. You will hear local stories and tales and have experiences that will make you fall in love with these islands. Come see us and understand why we all choose to call Turks and Caicos home, you will be happy you did!