Turks and Caicos: Providenciales
Fly in/out: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. (PLS)
Recommended ages: Any
Ball Park Price: $2,000/person for up to 4 travellers (airfare not included)
Best Season: All year with 350 days of sunshine. Whale watching between January and April.
Time: Eastern Standard Time
Currency: US dollar is the official currency.
DAY ONE: Fly US Air with connections in Charlotte to Providenciales International Airport, Turks and Caicos (PLS). Pick up rental car and drive 20 minutes to the 5 bedroom vacation rental directly on Grace Bay, Providenciales (also known as Provo).
DAY TWO: Explore world renowned Grace Bay beach and snorkel the government restricted and preserved trails at Smith’s Reef (just in front of Turtle Cove Resort) and Bight Reef (in front of Coral Gardens) right off the shoreline. Take a stroll into the beach town of Grace Bay and shop trendy shops.
DAY THREE: Select among a variety of watersport activities including windsurfing, kayaking, kitesurfing and paddleboarding. Walk down Grace Bay and towards Ocean Club East resort and rent equipment from Windsurfing Provo. Enjoy lunch on the beach at Da Conch Shack.
DAY FOUR: Play a round of golf at Provo Golf Club open to the public. Choose super twilight for additional savings.
DAY FIVE: Spend a full day snorkeling and beach hopping with Sail Beluga on a private catamaran with Captain Tim.
DAY SIX: Take bikes provided by Point Grace and spend the day explore the 12 mile stretch of Grace Bay beach and other parts of Providenciales.
DAY SEVEN: Take a morning horseback ride on the beach with Provo Ponies. Ride on small trails to Long Bay Hills beach where you can ride with your horse in the water.
DAY EIGHT: Explore Chalk Sound for a final swim and snorkel. Check out and fly home.
- What has put Turks and Caicos on the map are the gorgeous beaches-miles and miles of them. Grace Bay in Providenciales stretches endlessly with clean, calm waters extending 12 miles. When you combine white sand beaches that go on for miles, clear blue water, amazing watersport activities and water excursions in luxurious accommodations and service, you end up with a luxurious family vacation.
- It’s obvious as soon as you arrive on the island that the government and the tour operators work to maintain the natural resources and impeccable beauty of this island with an emphasis on high-end, low-impact tourism. There is control over the development on the beach and in the town preserving the natural beauty and tranquility of the island.
- The islands are home to the world’s third largest coral reef system. The snorkeling opportunities are excellent throughout the islands, but you don’t even have to leave Grace Bay to find good snorkeling. There are trail markers for snorkeling near and around Turtle Cove. Many efforts are also made to protect the reefs and coral life of the islands. The tour operators are all sensitive to keeping the waters clean and preserving the amazing marine life.
- This vacation can be as adventurous or laid back as any family desires! If your family loves the beach and ocean swimming and activities, your family will be thoroughly stress-free and entertained. The island never felt overcrowded or touristy.
- Our all day snorkel and sailing cruise aboard Beluga Sail with Captain Tim was fantastic. He customized our trip to accommodate both our families to enjoy dolphin viewing, beach hopping and fabulous snorkeling. The waters were calm and easy for everyone to snorkel and even the individuals who were concerned about sea sickness were fine on the catamaran. Captain Tim and Beluga Sail also placed an importance on preserving the coral reef and was an eco-friendly tour operator.
- If you have a horseback rider in your family, horseback riding on the beach and in the water with Provo Ponies was a spectacular morning for the kids. It was obvious how much these animals are cared for and how much they so enjoy taking rides. All level of riders are welcome and have the freedom to chose to ride their horse at their own experience level. Make reservations in advance!
Places to stay
- We rented a 5 bedroom villa at Point Grace for two families that was a perfect, luxurious and private stay. Situated right on Grace Bay, this private oasis allowed us to unwind and relax with private pool, luxurious furniture and bedding and options to eat in with a private chef.
- Luxurious accomodations are abundant in Turks and Caicos, among them in Providenciales is Grace Bay Resort and Seven Star Resort.
- For a fabulous family-friendly resort with two bedroom villas with reasonable nightly rates for Turks and Caicos standards is Villa Del Mar.
- There are a few things you can expect when eating in Turks and Caicos, great service, Caribbean cuisine, and an expensive tab. Prepare kids for Caribbean vibe and cuisine with some curries, rice-n-beans and seafood. (Conch too!) To offset some food expenses, stock up on breakfast, snacks, lunches (and cocktails!) at the local IGA right in Grace Bay.
- A restaurant in Turtle Cove we enjoyed was Magnolia Restaurant and Wine Bar featuring beautiful sunsets and a kids menu!
- For a parent night out and pizza night in, enjoy a gourmet restaurant located in Grace Bay Resort Anacaona.
- A memorable Beach Bar and Restaurant was Da Conch Shack where conch and ambiance is the specialty.
- Getting around Providenciales is very expensive by taxi. Double check to see if your home or villa supplies bikes to get around for small distances and rent a car to enjoy the whole island of Providenciales.
- If you have your own snorkel equipment bring it. There are so many great snorkeling spots right off the beaches.
- Many tour operators offer discounts online and it is important to make reservations in advance with Provo Ponies and Sail Beluga as they get booked.
- The whole island of Turks and Caicos raises the standard for exceptional friendly service. In all of our travels, we have never felt so welcome or attended to. However, the culture is still with a Caribbean vibe and laid back style, so for dining, bring games and distractions to keep any younger kids entertained.
- The island can occasionally have “No see Um’s”—bugs that you can’t see that bite. Keep “Off Deep Woods” handy in case they are bad. They tend to like certain people more than others and it can be miserable but avoidable.
Before You Go
A valid passport is required to enter Turks and Caicos.