Turks And Caicos, Providenciales Photo Feature
This is where the story begins for us. Turks and Caicos had always been on our hit list of islands to explore. With work and life, it is easy to get caught up in the daily grind. We had a lot going on, and the thought of booking a vacation made us feel a little guilty. The idea of disconnecting from emails, devices and being in another country was both exciting and stressful.
Ok we lied! There may have been a wee bit of stress, but as we looked at photos of nuclear turquoise water and white sand beaches, a little voice inside said, “You need this!” That evening something took over us, and before we knew it a spontaneous trip to Turks and Caicos was booked. OMG! We were leaving in less than three weeks.
Commit to Traveling
There was a feeling of exhilaration that hit us after we booked the tickets. We had been grinding away trying to get ahead and making every excuse why we did not have time to do this. It’s crazy how the working person’s mind can trick you into thinking you don’t need a vacation. If there is one takeaway from this article… It doesn’t matter where you decide to go, book your trip and commit! Blame it on that little voice inside you begging you to go on an adventure.
Turks and Caicos Experience
The Turks and Caicos, Provo was one of our first trips together. Both of us had done a lot of traveling individually and never anticipated that we would ever be writing stories about our adventures. This has evolved from people asking us where we stay, what to do or which restaurants to dine at after seeing photos from our trips. We try to make our stories less about words and let the photos do the talking. We hope the travel information we provide is helpful & inspires you to book your next trip!
Best time of year to go? April and May: Less crowded and more deals!
Airport to fly into? Providenciales International Airport (PLS) Several non-stop flight options!
Where to stay? Depends on your budget. You can splurge at Seven Stars Resort and Spa, go all inclusive at Beaches Resort or rent a condo like we did at Ocean Club West. The ocean view room is worth it!
Rental car? Absolutely! Roads are easy to navigate. Remember to stay left!
Pro Tip: Rent a little boat and motor up the coast of Grace Bay toward Pine Cay and the rest of the undeveloped islands. There is awesome snorkeling and plenty of secluded beaches to relax and get away. Pack a picnik!
Turks and Caicos History
The first recorded European sighting of the islands now known as the Turks and Caicos occurred in 1512. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, the islands passed from Spanish, to French, to English (subsequently British) control, but none of the three powers ever established any settlements.
From about 1690 to 1720, pirates hid in the cays of the Turks and Caicos Islands, attacking Spanish treasure galleons en route to Spain from Cuba, Hispaniola, and the Spanish possessions in Central America and Peru. The islands were not fully colonized until 1681, when salt collectors from Bermuda built the first permanent settlement on Grand Turk Island. Continue reading more history about the Turks and Caicos here.
Things to Do
Dive or Snorkel the many incredible reefs. You can easily find a charter or go to any dive/snorkel rental shop and get a map of all the best places. Be careful not to disturb anything and definitely do not touch the fire coral!
Rent a car and explore the island. The length from end to end is about 17 miles (27km), and the width ranges from 1.5 miles (2.5km) to 8 miles. Just remember they drive on the other side of the road (stay left!). There are so many cool places and beaches to see on Provo and renting a car assures you don’t miss a thing :)
Visit the Hole Everyone told us to go visit “The Hole” It’s a little hard to find… We won’t spoil the surprise on this one.
Go Fishing The fishing is world class. You can easily find half or full day charters. Some of the restaurants will cook the fish you catch for dinner!
Kiteboard on Long Bay with Kite Provo If you are an adrenaline junkie, Provo is the place to learn. The sandy shallow water on Long Bay Beach provides the perfect conditions to learn how to kiteboard.
Visit the Cheshire Hall Plantation Learn some of the island history and take a tour of some of the best preserved set of plantation-era ruins on Provo.
Golf if you are into that! Play a round at the Provo Golf Club, Turks and Caicos… Beautiful views!
There are many things to do on Provo from lounging on the beach, shopping, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, yoga, charters, cruises or just NOTHING, which we highly recommend with a drink in hand :)
Cool Places to Eat and Drink
Opus Wine Bar & Grill: Located at Ocean Club with a great patio and live music. They will prepare your fresh catch and have tasting flights of rum!
Da Conch Shack: Conch is a must try when visiting TCI and this place serves it every way imaginable. Head out for Sunday Funday and try the conchknocker. Cheers!
Coco Bistro: A must visit for fine dining under palm trees with a variety of seafood and vegetarian options. Make a reservation!
Cabana Bar & Grille: Located at Ocean Club West right on the beach with amazing views… Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and a fabulous happy hour, try our favorite drink Turquoise Dream!
- Bring plenty of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. It’s amazing how many red “lobster” tans we saw.
- Pack your bug spray and anti itch cream. The bugs are no worse than any other island, but buying stuff there is expensive.
- Stop by the duty free shop when you get off the plane and buy your favorite liquor. You can always hit up a local liquor or grocery store for mixers. Always good to have drink supplies ready for the making at any time and saves some money!
- Don’t be afraid to ask the locals for tips… They are friendly! Use common sense, but most people you run into (locals, expats and tourists) will be helpful.
- Most places have wifi, but we suggest you try and disconnect. Give yourself an hour or so a day and then chuck your devices. Seeing people on vacation fixated on their phone or laptop is no fun.
- Step outside your comfort zone. This sounds silly, but DO IT! You are on vacation and there will be offers to do all kinds of cool shit. Pick something you might not normally do and FTW!
We met a guy down at the beach one day. He had a really dark tan and long white hair and a mustache. I looked at him with both admiration and envy for his commitment to living the dream in Turks and Caicos. It turned out he owned one of the concessions on the beach renting boats, kayaks and SUP’s to tourists. He was a really nice man, and in one of our conversations mentioned he wanted to sell his business. To this day my wife and I joke about what life might have been like had we bought that little beach concession. We think he had it all figured out. There is something about that white sand and electric koolaid water that recharges you and makes you want to live more healthy.
The Turks and Caicos trip changed our lives in many ways and has led us down the path to where we are today. It was during this trip where we came up with FTW Tour to remind our “working selves” to embrace traveling and live life more and tour the world. FTW literally means “Fuck The World.” It’s the feeling you get when you are in a beautiful place with the person or people you love and nothing else matters. The moment is SO AWESOME you want to throw up your middle fingers and FTW… Don’t judge it until you try it! When you do have that FTW moment, please take photos and use them to motivate you to book your next trip and #ftwtour so we can see too!
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