Providenciales - “Provo” Turks and Caicos Islands

Providenciales is the hub of tourism development and activities in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Our population swells by an average of 27,000 visitors per month during the high season, and yet it never seems crowded.

A photograph of Coconut Beach Villa, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesCoconut Beach Villa — Sapodilla bay, Providenciales

About 18 miles long, and just over 7 miles wide, the island is lined with exquisite beaches that are truly world famous. At its highest point Blue Mountain reaches 135 feet up into the azure Caribbean sky, affording a simply breathtaking view of both the north shore and its barrier reef, and the south with its turquoise shallow banks.

A photograph of Regent Palms, Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.The Regent Palms features the islands largest and most elegant Spa experience

Visitors to the island discover accommodations and restaurants, from simple to sophisticated, geared towards most budgets and tastes. Choose from sprawling, sumptuous villas and condominiums, darling cottages, magnificent all-inclusive Beaches Resort or continental style hotels. You’ll be hard pressed to find any accommodation that is more than five minutes from our silken white beaches.

A photograph of Flying over the resorts on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos IslandsTCI Helicopters flying over the resorts along Grace Bay Beach

The Grace Bay district, on fabulous Grace Bay Beach, is perhaps the best known district on Providenciales – for its luxury resorts and many fine restaurants and shops.

A photograph of Parallel23 Restaurant at the Regent Palms Resort, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.Parallel23 Restaurant at the Regent Palms Resort

You could easily dine at a different restaurant for every meal, every day and still have places to try when you leave. Connoisseurs will enjoy Asian, Italian, Thai, Indian, Japanese, Mediterranean, French, and Tex-Mex delights in addition to our local Caribbean cuisine.

A photograph of Baked Caicos Lobster Tail at Baci Ristorante, Turtle Cove, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.Baked Caicos Lobster Tail at Baci Ristorante

You will not lack for tender, flavourful meats and creative vegetarian fare. However, seafood is just about everyone’s specialty. Choices are many and they are all fresh from our waters: lobster (in season), conch, crab, tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi, grouper, snapper and more.

A photograph of the Caribbean Cruisin excursion, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.Explore the north shore with a private excursion aboard Caribbean Cruisin's luxury yacht

SCUBA divers discovered the TCI back in the early 70s. They are still coming, in droves, to enjoy the gin clear water and vibrant reefs. Almost every other conceivable watersport is offered, by experienced operators. Sailing and power yacht charters, SNUBA, parasailing, kite boarding, kayaking, SUP, personal watercraft tours are all at your service.

A photograph of Parasailing with Captain Marvin Watersports flying over Grace Bay ProvidencialesFlying high over Grace Bay with Captain Marvin Parasail you will see the entire island

Or you could just take a dip in the warm ocean and then flake out on the beach. This is a place where ‘Doing Nothing, Perfectly’ is an approved sport.

A photograph of Grace Bay Beach at the Sands Resort the Turks and Caicos IslandsRelaxing on Grace Bay Beach at The Sands Resort

On land there are tours by scooter, or taxi or air conditioned busses, hitting restaurants, the cultural center, and some of the exceptionably beautiful photo-op spots. Golfers love the championship 18 hole course at the Provo Golf Club. You may wish to prove them right. Or go horseback riding on the beach and in the sea. Our horses are well cared for, well trained and they seem to take pride in looking after their riders.

A photograph of a TCI Helicopters helicopter flying over the Turks and Caicos IslandsA great sight seeing tour - TCI Helicopters flying over Ocean Club on Grace Bay

Yet another option is taking flight in a helicopter. The colours, seen from the ‘heavens’ are sublime and the bird’s-eye view offers a stunning perspective.

A photograph of Providenciales International Airport PLS the Turks and Caicos IslandsProvidenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Providenciales’ first motor vehicle rolled off a trawler at Heaving Down Rock in 1967. Roads were non-existent and the population of the island was barely a few hundred. Today we have paved roads running the length of the island, a resident population of more than 23,000, more than 20 international flights daily and an airport that is being expanded for the second time. We’ve come a long way.

THE BEACHES OF PROVIDENCIALES

A photograph of Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesGrace Bay Beach - Providenciales

The protective barrier reef which surrounds Providenciales offers some of the best scuba experiences in the world. This reef also breaks the incoming surf to create the calm, iridescent turquoise waters that edge our white sand beaches. Find the beach of your dreams! No matter where you go, you won’t find a crowd. Remember to use protective sun screen and take water to drink, especially if you travel off the beaten path. Please do not litter.

All beaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands are public from the low tide line to the dune line. Please look for and use marked public access routes and do not use private property for beach access or exploration.

Do not leave valuables unattended either on the beach or in your car. It is recommended to not leave anything in your car at beach accesses or in remote areas. Leave your car unlocked so thieves do not have to break a window to discover there is nothing inside. When travelling to our remote areas it is always wise to carry a cell phone and drinking water.

* Best beaches for snorkelling.

  1. The Bight Beach - Providenciales

    Easily accessible at the end of Pratt’s Road at the Lower Bight Road with a new childrens playground nearby. A favourite Kite Boarding area.

  2. The Bight Reef * - Providenciales

    At the end of Penn’s Road this area offers an exquisite snorkelling experience close to shore. The beach access is next to Coral Gardens and their beachfront restaurant. Snuba TCI is next door at the Windsong. PLEASE do not touch or stand on the fragile coral.

  3. Blue Hills Beach - Providenciales

    This wild and scenic beach runs from Thompson Cove to Northwest Point. A favourite for photographers and artists. Several local restaurants and bars are found here, featuring fresh local seafood, conch, lobster, rum and music.

  4. Grace Bay Beach - Providenciales

    One of the most beautiful beaches in the world...

    A photograph of Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesGrace Bay Beach - Providenciales

    The beach running all along the front of our popular resorts is referred to as Grace Bay Beach. From Beaches Resort & Spa to the Ocean Club Resort is approximately 3 miles. The most populated area is in the vicinity of Beaches Resort.

  5. Leeward Beach - Providenciales

    The eastern end of Grace Bay is accessible from a public access within the Leeward community from Sunset Drive. Secluded with white sand, limestone cliffs and stone jetties.

  6. Long Bay Beach - Providenciales

    This southeastern beach is 3 miles long and accessible by several paths from the Long Bay Hills Road. Beautiful and isolated, eastern breezes bring treasures from as far away as South America. A favourite Kite Boarding area.

  7. Malcolm Roads Beach - Providenciales

    A photograph of Malcolm Roads Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesMalcolm Roads Beach - Providenciales. Photo by Carl McBurnie

    Enjoy a drive headed west through the seaside communities of Blue Hills and Wheeland, then bear left for a five mile trek through the hills and bush to a two mile long white sand beach. The road has been improved.

  8. Pelican Beach - Providenciales

    A wide white sand beach at the far eastern end of Grace Bay is accessible from a public access within the Leeward community from Pelican Drive.

  9. Sapodilla Bay Beach - Providenciales

    An aerial photograph of Sapodilla Bay Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesSapodilla Bay Beach is just off Chalk Sound Drive

    To get to our southernmost beach, turn right off the road to South Dock on to Chalk Sound Drive. Look for a Rotary trash bin on your left. A quarter mile long white sand beach with gin clear shallow water make this beach a favourite gathering spot, perfect for small children and a yacht anchorage.

    An aerial photograph of Sapodilla Bay Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesSapodilla Bay Beach is accessible from either end of the beach

  10. Smith’s Reef * - Providenciales

    A photograph of the beach at Smith’s Reef, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesSmith’s Reef - Providenciales. Photo by Carl McBurnie

    At the mouth of the Turtle Cove Pond. Just off this point to the east is Smith’s Reef, an excellent spot to snorkel. This point also marks the beginning of a several mile long stretch of beach that ends at Leeward Going Through.

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