Explorers' Guide to Providenciales

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Jasmine Masri

  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Couples Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Island

  • Outdoors

  • Insta-Worthy

  • Relaxation

  • Island

An azure blue sea and white-sand beach.
Curator’s statement

The island of Providenciales or "Provo" is the most popular destination in the Turks and Caicos Islands given the convenience of the airport, plethora of resorts and villas and access to one of the world's best beaches. It is super easy to get here from major airports on the east coast of the U.S., so hurry and plan your visit for some relaxation, beautiful views and incredible seafood. This is a great destination for families, couples or groups.

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Things to do in Turks & Caicos

A girl in a red swimsuit paddle-boarding over a blue sea.

While you can absolutely enjoy every single day of your vacation at your resort, laying by the pool or the beach and reading a book, I have some more adventurous ideas for you to make the most of your time on this beautiful island.

BEACH-HOPPING


Grace Bay Beach has been named one of the best beaches in the world. Luckily, most of the best hotels and resorts in Providenciales are located along this beach, which will make it easy to include in your itinerary. The water is calm, crystal clear and warm.

While you could spend all of your time at Grace Bay Beach, I recommend exploring more of the island. You will need to rent a car for this though!

TIP: Cars drive on the left side of the road here. Don't worry — there are a lot of speed bumps so everyone drives slow.

Start your morning at Taylor Bay Beach. The water is super shallow, and the bay itself is calm and serene. Note that you will need to bring your own towels, chairs, drinks, snacks, etc.

Hop back in your car and make your way to Chalk Sound National Park. This is technically not a beach, it's a lagoon, You can rent kayaks or paddle boards to take out on this brilliant blue water.

Final stop is Sapodilla Bay Beach. This glittering bay is similar to Taylor Bay Beach but a bit more lively. You can rent chairs and purchase food and drinks here.

SAIL & SNORKEL

I highly recommend getting out on the water for some sailing on a catamaran and snorkeling in the third largest barrier reef network in the world.

There are many companies that offer these excursions, but the one that I love includes the following: four hours of sailing, snorkeling at Leeward Reef, exploring at Half Moon Bay, unlimited drinks (rum punch, local beer, soft drinks and water,) assorted sandwiches and fruits and hotel pick-up along Grace Bay Beach.

You can book a private or shared catamaran depending on the size of your group. You can also do this excursion in the morning or the afternoon, but I love the afternoon slot because you will catch sunset at the end of the sail. And if you're lucky, you will see dolphins swimming in the wake on your way back to the shore!

Places to eat & drink in Turks & Caicos

An island restaurant at night with a sunset at distance and a fire pit.

Lemon 2 Go - This is undoubtedly the best coffee on the island. It's easy to access from many of the resorts in Grace Bay. I love that it is connected to a flower and gift shop, as well as a sandwich shop.

Hemingway's - Check out this casual place for brunch or lunch while taking in the gorgeous views of Grace Bay. This was my first meal in Providenciales, and I am still thinking about the fish tacos.

Da Conch Shack - This is a MUST for drinks and/or dinner at sunset. The specialty here is, unsurprisingly, conch, which is a type of shellfish that is iconic to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The rum punch should not be missed here!

Coco Bistro - Make a reservation here as soon as you book your trip to Providenciales. The setting is beneath the largest palm grove on the island and the fine dining experience does not disappoint.

Omar's Beach Hut - Come here after your beach-hopping adventure. It's super casual, but the food is so fresh. Order the jerk red snapper wrap with a side of plantains or the lobster pasta if it's in season (August through March.) There are cute picnic tables in shallow water that you can eat at too.

Whether you want a fancy and romantic meal or a quick and casual meal, I have done all of the research to help you plan the best places to eat and drink during your time in Providenciales!

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