Providenciales (Provo) was named the Traveler’s Choice #1 island in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor in 2014, and with miles of beautiful beaches, adventurous water activities of all kinds, and a plenitude of 5 star restaurants, it is easy to see why! Providenciales is the most populous island in the Turks and Caicos and the location of the main international airport (code PLS). Tip to tip, Provo stretches 23 miles from West to East, with world famous Grace Bay Beach extending along the North shore from the central Turtle Cove Marina to the Northeast for around 10 miles. Most of the island hotels and resorts are located on this stretch of beach, with many luxury villas located in the walk-friendly neighborhood of Turtle Cove.
Provo is what a lot of places used to be. These are the ‘good old days’ in Provo. In addition to the good living and good times awaiting you here, you will additionally be pleased to know there is no sales tax, no property tax, and no income tax, and although the country is a British Overseas Territory, the US dollar is the official currency. The topography too is just right. The island is not too flat nor too mountainous, but gently rolling with views of the sea from just about anywhere you go.
Go to a beach and you will find the sand to be white as sugar, typically with the only footprints in the sand being your own! Go snorkeling in gin clear waters and see fish and coral containing all the colors of a Provo sunset. Scuba diving too can provide underwater scenery like nowhere else, for here the diving is regarded as among the best in the world; likewise for bone fishing with flats, coves and holes almost certain to make your reel sing on the first cast. And there’s easy fishing inside the reef where you will bring back snapper and jack, or try your luck in the deep blue for wahoo, tuna, and marlin. By land there’s tennis, golf, shopping, sightseeing, exploring, and numerous good restaurants set in lush tropical surroundings.
There is no shortage of beauty by land or water in Provo. With a great variety of native seabirds and even birds of prey. You can also take a short boat ride to Little Water Cay, otherwise known as Iguana Island, which is maintained and protected by the National Trust. If you’re one of those people who always finds it a shame when the sun goes down on a beautiful day, you’ll find a beautiful Provo sunset more than adequate compensation!
The nights here are clear, so clear in fact, a quarter moon casts a shadow and a full moon lights up the entire landscape. Entertainment at night is mostly the person you are with; however, some of the restaurants and hotels now have live entertainment on certain nights. Provo has supermarkets, liquor stores, doctors, lawyers, car rentals, churches, sailboat excursions, restaurants, and a large jet runway. Of course, some other islands may have these amenities too, but few will have the friendly people and kindness found in these islands. Right now Provo is an unspoiled sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of today’s pace.
While you will not find a large shopping district or a multitude of souvenir stops on every corner, there is a growing number of small boutiques and local stands in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. We have highlighted a few of our favorite spots to find souvenirs or essentials that you forgot to pack. read more
Vacations are not only fun; they’re good for your health. Researchers have found that people who go on vacations have lower amounts of stress hormones, have lower blood pressure and are less likely to be overweight than people who don’t take vacations. The Framingham Heart Study , which began in 1948, found that men who didread more
One might say that as a travel agent, I have a few insights on the best/worst aspects of luggage. I’ll never forget my first trip to Turks and Caicos with my new job as a villa specialist! I had just been given a vintage box suitcase and thought it was super trendy and theread more
On just two evenings each month, following a full moon, something truly spectacular happens on the banks of Provo – and if you’re lucky enough to be there during this special time, you can get a front-row seat to watch it happen. A glow worm cruise allows you to experience one of Turksread more
Designed by the 2013 winner of Caribbean World Magazine’s “Best Architecture and Design Company of the Year”, RA Shaw Designs, Cascade is a grand masterpiece of a villa beachfront on the gorgeous Babalua Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Maybe it is the waterfall pool around the doorway, the multiple levelsread more
As you enter your 50s, 60s and beyond, you might have some disposable income to spend on beautiful getaways. Tropical paradises might call to you. Senior travel is more popular today than ever before. If you’re looking for both adventure and relaxation, check out these senior travel tips that will help you along the way.read more
What is Sargassum? Sargassum is heaps of seaweed thrown out on the shore. It is brown in color and is found in the tropical and temperate oceans with preferences towards shallow waters or coral reefs. Sargassum is widely distributed throughout the Carribean shoreline between the months of March to June. The algae formations that these seaweeds are washes onread more
Completed in May 2015, Aguaribay is a stunning 5 bedroom beachfront villa outfitted in modern elegance. With plenty of room for 12 people, Aguaribay offers a beautiful private pool, cinema room, and breathtaking views of the beautiful crystal waters of Long Bay. Long Bay is increasingly becoming a closeread more
Located on the Northeastern tip of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, Leeward is an exclusive gated neighborhood that offers stunning sunsets and breezy views of the nearby mangrove island just a short kayak trip away. Some of the island’s grandest villas are located in this private neighborhood which offers many residents and renters docks forread more
Buying a new or gently used sailboat can be a dream come true, and you may understandably be eager to finalize your purchase and take your vessel on the open waters. Sailing can be a relaxing mode of travel as well as a hobby or pastime that can be enjoyed on a regular basis. Regardlessread more
Sapodilla Bay Beach is a great spot for basking in the sun, listening to the gentle lapping of the waves, and enjoying tranquil moments in a warm cove far from the hotels and resorts. With all the buzz on the world famous Grace Bay Beach, most of the beach spotlight on the islandread more
Happy Holidays from TC Villas! It is that time of year again where the weather is colder, the traffic is worse and the to-do lists lengthen as daylight hours shorten. With all the beauty of the holidays, the stress can sure snowball! Here are our Top 5 Reasons to plan a getaway toread more
If you are planning a family or group vacation to the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands, we have a great 7 bedroom villa perfect for a large party! Located on Long Bay Beach, this villa sits on a pristine white sandy beach that extends for 2.5 miles, perfect for long walks on the beach!read more
Comprising 40 distinct islands, Turks and Caicos share an intricate cultural legacy that combines influences of the native Taíno people with that of French and Spanish explorers as well as the descendants of African slaves brought to the Caribbean to work in the salt trade. This fascinating blend of beliefs, customs, religions and ideas thatread more
Why You Should Try Stargazing in Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos There is relatively little ambient light on the island of Provo, which helps provide conditions that are perfect for stargazing. Because of a lack of nighttime city lights, you’re likely to have your view of the sky unhindered. Another advantage is the far southernread more