The Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

written by | Posted on January 25th, 2012

This article originally appeared in Delta Air Lines’ 2012 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide. It has been extracted from its original format. To read the full travel guide, visit the digital edition.

“Provo” is one of Turks and Caicos’ foremost tourist hubs, with a thriving high-end resort scene anchored by beautiful Grace Bay Beach. Luxury resorts like The Palms Turks & Caicos sit beside condo-hotel properties on the beach, giving travelers multi-room homes away from home. The Grace Bay Beach area is also a fantastic shopping area, with artsy boutiques selling island-style clothing, accessories and artwork lining its main drag. Turks and Caicos is one of the world’s leading producers of conch thanks to facilities like Providenciales’ conch farm, which offers tours to visitors who want to learn more about the exotic mollusk. But the best way to experience Turks and Caicos’ conch is at a casual beachfront restaurant like Da Conch Shack, serving up conch fritters, conch ceviche and more, all made from conch that comes fresh from the beach behind it, harvested that very day. And conch is just the beginning of the fascinating undersea life around the waters of Turks and Caicos. Divers and snorkelers here have access to abundant reefs teeming with tropical fish, particularly at Princess Alexandra Marine Park, home to a friendly bottlenose dolphin locals have nicknamed “Jo Jo.” But Provo’s just one jewel in a chain of serene island destinations in the Turks & Caicos. Grand Turk also serves as a hub for visitors—thanks to the cruise port there—with attractions like the
offshore island Gibbs Cay that lets travelers set up a beachfront picnic and feed the tamed stingrays who swim up to the shore. On North Caicos, you’ll find the largest flock of pink flamingoes on the islands, while South Caicos is known for the spectacular fishing in its surrounding waters, its exotic bird life and historic Cockburn Harbor, which served as a busy commercial center in the 1800s.

Facts

  • Best time to go:
    November to May
  • Fun fact:
    The Turks and Caicos Conch Farm is home to approximately two million conch
  • Getting there:
    Delta flies from Atlanta to Providenciales
  • Entry documents:
    Valid passport
  • Currency:
    U.S. dollar
  • Must-try local food:
    Conch salad
  • Best buys:
    Local art, clothing and accessories
  • Information please:
    Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board—turksandcaicostourism.com