The country of Turks and Caicos is made up of over 80 islands and cays and located in the warm Caribbean waters East of Cuba. The island with the main international airport (PLS) and the majority of attractions is Providenciales, often called Provo for short.
Provo is home to world-famous Grace Bay Beach, an 11 mile stretch of lovely white sands, clear turquoise waters, and amazing wildlife inhabiting the reefs and mangroves that frame parts of the island. With so many special eco systems, the island of Provo has eight protected areas. With three national parks, three nature reserves, and two protected historical sites, the country has made wonderful efforts to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the lovely coastal water.
With varying degrees of protection statuses, the national parks, nature reserves, and historical sites generally prohibit harming plants, animals, and historical items. This means no fishing or shell collection in these areas. This does not mean that visitors and residents cannot enjoy the beauty of the protected areas, but only that extra care should be taken to respect how delicate these ecosystems can be for the animal and plants therein.
Princess Alexandra National Park:
Declared a national park in 1992, the Princess Alexandra National Park includes 6,532 acres of coastal and marine waters and coastline off the northern coast of Providenciales. Included in this protected area are Grace Bay Beach, The Bight Beach, The Bight Reef (Coral Gardens), Leeward Beach, Smith’s Reef, and a large portion of the northern barrier reef of Providenciales. The Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve is also located in the national park and consists of the iguana sanctuary of Little Water Cay (Iguana Island), the wetlands islands of mangrove Cay and Donna Cay, and the rocks of Lizard Cay, Bird Cay, and the Sinking Cays. The barrier reef off the north coast of Provo is a popular place for scuba diving and sailing and is also part of this protected area.
The Best Ways to Enjoy Princess Alexandra National Park:
Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Combining exercise and the stunning seas, nature lovers will enjoy exploring the national parks in a kayak or SUP. Quietly glide over the water and view sea turtles, manta rays, fish, and even dolphins! The Mangrove Cay is a wonderful spot, off the Northeastern Coast of the island to do this!
Combining exercise and the stunning seas, nature lovers will enjoy exploring the national parks in a kayak or SUP. Quietly glide over the water and view sea turtles, manta rays, fish, and even dolphins! The Mangrove Cay is a wonderful spot, off the Northeastern Coast of the island to do this!
Boating: Sail around the national parks or take a power boat to view as much of the coastal waters as possible. Many charters include time for snorkeling, which is an amazing activity on island.
Beach Walking: Explore the soft white sands by walking the beautiful beaches of Provo. Grace Bay Beach (consistently rated #1 beach in the Caribbean) is a stunning 11 miles stretch of beach on the North shore of Provo. You can walk the full 11 miles or break it up into easier smaller walks.