Things to Do

Things to Do on Provo

The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, so snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water adventures are very popular activities on these tropical islands. With clear gem-colored waters and pristine beaches, virtually any water-related past time is available for visitors to enjoy. Para-sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, jet-skis, fishing, whale watching….the list of water adventures goes on and on!


Water Activities

Snorkel Catch a glimpse of the underwater beauty of the Turks and Caicos Islands by snorkeling in one of the many reefs. Smith’s Reef offers some of the best snorkeling on island; Coral Gardens and Thompson Cove are also great snorkeling spots in Providenciales.

Scuba Dive Turks and Caicos Islands is world famous for beautiful coral reefs and crystal clear waters. Whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and countless types of fish call these tropical waters home, drawing thousands of experienced and new divers.  Our staff has had great experiences with Dive Provo, but we have also heard great things about Provo Turtle Divers in Turtle Cove Marina. Check out our Diving Blog for more information.

Para-Sail See the Islands from up high; the contrast in blues in the tropical waters surrounding the small islands will take your breath away!

Sail Sun Charters offers excellent sailing excursions as well as a weekly sunset sail Friday nights on their lovely charter vessel Atabeyra. You can also enjoy Glow Worm tours near the full moon!

Yacht Charters 

Kayak or Paddle-Board A great way of seeing the beauty of Turks and Caicos is by kayaking or paddle boarding around the shallow waters. Kayaking with a glass bottom kayak is recommended, though nothing offers quite the visual vantage-point as stand-up paddle boarding. (Paddle boarding is a bit more strenuous and difficult than kayaking, so we suggest trying one out before deciding to rent.) Big Blue Unlimited has great reviews from our guests and offers guided kayak, paddle boarding, bicycling, and lots of other fun excursions!

Jet-Ski

Whale Watch

Kite Surf and Wind Surf

Visit other Islands Taking the ferry to visit other islands is a lot of fun; kids would love the nearby Iguana Island with lots of iguanas to see.

Sports and Fitness

Tennis and Golf Provo Golf Club has a golf course and several tennis courts.

Wrightfully Fit Gym  Gym: There is a gym with day and week passes.

Casinos

Casablanca Casino

Caicos Royale Casino

Shop

How to Pay: Turks and Caicos has $US currency and most stores accept Visa and Mastercard. Some shops and restaurants do not accept American Express, but EVERYONE accepts cash. Many of the best locally crafted paintings, jewelry and other nick knacks are offered at small stands and can only be purchased with cash.

Groceries: If you happen to forget something, there is a large, American style IGA supermarket that will most likely have what you need.  Groceries are higher than normal American prices because everything is imported and a tariff is paid on it (there are no corn or wheat fields on this island!).  With the exception of beer, which is very expensive (so make sure you enjoy every drop), most groceries are about 1.5 times what we pay in the USA.

Graceway Gourmet – One of two large grocery stores in the hotel/resort area of the island, around 10 minutes from the Turtle Cove neighborhood. This store is a bit more upscale with a larger organic section than the IGA. You can also find sunscreen, snorkeling gear, pool floats, beach chairs, and sand castle equipment at Graceway Gourmet, the “high end” IGA located here.

IGA – The IGA grocery store has a large selection of produce, beer, licquor, wine, and beach equipment. The regular IGA has slightly more reasonable prices and is located here.

Café Market – Great little market for grabbing food or picking up a few essentials! Read our Blog on the Leeward Marina and Cafe Market for more info!

Alcohol: The Wine Cellar is a great place to buy wines, liquors, and beer. The Wine Cellar closes at 6:00 so be sure to get there early! Keep in mind beer is much more expensive on Providenciales due to shipping costs. The IGA and Graceway Gourmet also sell alcohol, including liquor.

Salt Mills Plaza (Pictured Above): The main shopping hub is located just inland of the large hotel and resort district. The Salt Mills Plaza offers a handful of boutiques and souvenir shops, including Anna’s Art Gallery and Blue Surf Shop. If you’re looking for a locally crafted gift, Konk Apparel offers sunglasses, T-shirts, hats, and other apparel. Many of the “locally crafted” paintings and souvenirs are actually made on the neighboring island of Haiti. There are several restaurants in the area, including Danny Buoys, one of the only late-night bars on island.

Ports of Call: Dive Provo is a staff favorite for scuba and apparel and next door to other souvenir shops in Ports of Call.

Craft Stands: Restaurants, festivals, Thursday-night fish fries, or beach-side at resorts or hotels are a few places you can find craft stands selling trinkets and keepsakes. I enjoy the crafts at da Conch Shack. Many of these stands sell painted or polished Conch Shells, but you need a permit to take a conch shell off the island. Airport customs will take the conch shell if they find it, and there will be no refund given for the purchased shell. You can find information on how to obtain a conch permit here.

Kids Activities

Check out our Blog for great tips for great kids activities that the little ones will never forget!

Conch Farm Providenciales is home to the world’s only Conch Farm, which is a fun day-time activity.

Playground – Beachfront playground perfect for the kiddos!

Undersea Explorer  The Undersea Explorer is a wonderful way for children to see the beautiful array of sea life in Smith’s Reef!

Bella the Mermaid

Best Beaches for Young Children – There are two beautiful beaches with very shallow, calm waters on island: Taylor Bay Beach and Sapodilla Bay Beach.

Hike to Pirate Carvings

A few of our favorite restaurants

Turtle Cove Restaurants:

-Baci Ristorante is a picturesque upscale Italian restaurant located right on the water in Turtle Cove Marina. Great lobster during lobster season (August-April), or you can pick up a pizza to-go!

-Magnolia’s is another upscale restaurant; we love getting cocktails and sitting on the deck that overlooks Turtle Cove Marina. A great spot to watch the sunset!

-Sharkbite has a sport’s bar feel and is also located right on the marina. It offers burgers, fish tacos, and other casual food and beer.

-Tiki Hut has been an island favorite for years, we love their fish tacos! Tiki Hut is casual and located right next to the Provo Turtle Divers Dive Shop in Turtle Cove.

-Green Bean Cafe: Coffee, smoothies, sandwiches; this place is a great spot to grab breakfast or lunch.

-Mr. Groupers– Another staff favorite, this casual restaurant has some of the best coconut-crusted grouper on island.

da Conch Shack is a staff favorite, enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with seats in the sand! Sip rum punch while eating yummy local island dishes. (Try the conch fritters!)

For more activity ideas, see our journal with great tips and tricks for pleasing the entire family on your Turks and Caicos adventure.

A Few Words from Our Guests
  • This was our first time with TC Villas. I am completely happy. Linda and Kerry were very helpful while we were on property. Very friendly and knowledgeable people. Thank you for everything. We will definitely use TC Villas again.
    Mr. Caputo
    Illinois
  • Based on our 11 years of experience, we\’ve recommended TC Villas to many friends. Several have already rented. Our most recent recommendation happened last weekend. We try to keep Indianapolis people coming your way.
    Bruce and Cheri
    Indianapolis
  • Good experience from start to finish with the TC Villas team. Looking forward to our next booking with them.
    Jack
    New York
  • It was great dealing with TC Villas. I had contacted several other rental companies in TC and Jamaica during my search. TC was the only company that responded promptly. I will keep you guys in mind for future travel. Thanks!
    Jeff
    Louisiana
  • Can’t thank everyone at TC Villas for their responsiveness and assistance in getting our stay set up. Everything about the villa was top notch: location, condition, amenities, etc. We will definitely be recommending TC Villas to our friends and family!
    Ted
    MO
  • Everything we needed and much more. Just like being at home!! Will definitely recommend TC Villas!!
    The Woodlands
    Kansas
  • We sincerely appreciated renting from your agency. I felt like I could ask countless questions and was always met with courteous answers to everything. This was our first trip to the island, and it was really a great experience to rent with TC villas, as the information you provided was very specific. Hopefully we get to come back to Turks and Caicos again in the future and can rent with you all again.
    The May Family
    PA
  • The trip was great. For a week of the trip we stayed in a one bedroom cottage “Ballyhoo”. The cottage was great and it was everything and a little more than advertised. We were very happy with our connection to TC Villas. In addition to the property being great. The people we worked with all along the way were amazing. Booking, directions etc. were easy. And the people on island managing the property were awesome to deal with and had great info about the area.
    The Frames Family
    Washington State
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    Mary Ann
    Louisiana
  • June 2015 Our experience with TC Villas was nothing short of first class. Every person I talked to was quick to respond and made me feel welcome. I would 100% recommend staying at a villa over a resort. Thank you so much for making our honeymoon the best first week of marriage.
    Ben

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