Even though Club Med is super fun with lots of things to do, sometimes its nice to just take a break off property. A group of us walked down the long Club Med driveway, signed out with the security guard (the town is a bit dodgy) and walked just a few hundred feet to this casino next door.
Based on the way the casinos are hyped up on the islands, I definitely expected a bigger venue. Only 3 or blackjack tables and you could see the whole casino upon walking in - definitely not super sized. None the less, we played some hands, got a few drinks (not Vegas style with lots of cocktail waitresses and endless flowing drinks) and won some money (well at least I did).
Overall its fun if you're in the area, but not worth going out of the way for...
- Casino and Gambling
Fancy coral reefs are one major attraction in Providenciales. However, if you are not into diving, you are not able to visit the reefs -- unless you take an excursion with semi-submarine boat.
As the name implies, the boat is partially submarine vessel that has seating at the bottom with underwater windows. You take a few steps down when boarding the boat and sit in a comfortable bench while looking the undersea gardens. This works especially with younger children that cannot yet dive at all.
The captain maneuvers the boat with excellent skills and sometimes you are less than a meter away from the corals. There is plenty of fish there, and sometimes an occasional sea turtle. Just keep in mind that photographing the reef is problematic due to the glass and lightning conditions, and you won't get similar images as shown on their webpage... They are taken by professionals.
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
All Day trip to Middle Caicos 2
We took J&B Tours all day trip to Middle Caicos and loved it.
Captain Kevin was the only "crew" on our boat. It was the two of us, 3 gentlemen from Poland and one other couple.
The trip first stopped at Iguana Island, which we both felt was a waste of time. We saw iguana, but it wasn't that informative, and well...the iguana's were not that impressive.
Next we spend a couple hours on the boat, seeing the sights between Provo and Middle Caicos. Salt Cay, Parrot Cay.
The water out and away from Provo is even more impressive than the water around the island.
We stopped at Middle Caicos and were met by Ernst Forbes, our cave guide. The cave is very large. WEAR GOOD SHOES. No flip flops. Some of the surfaces are slick, there are no guard rails...it is you, your shoes, your flashlight and your balance. Ernst handed us all flashlights and in we went.
The caves were pretty interesting, and to tell the truth, made even more so by the 2 x 10 plank you have to cross at one point, and the no railing...and your scrambling to get from one point to the other and keep your footing. I loved it.
We left the caves and went to the beach for lunch. What a lovely place to luncheon. Lunch consisted of sandwiches, drinks carrots, rum punch. Was a good lunch.
I mentioned to Ernst that I would like to purchase a basket from one of the women of the island (population approx 300 souls) who weave them and sell them to shops. Better I pay them the price for a basket and they get the entire amount, rather than a consignment amount. He drove me to the home of one of the most lovely, warm, women. She sold me two baskets of very high quality for less than I would have paid for them in the shops on Provo.
On the trip back we stopped for a nice snorkel, and then back in to the dock.
It was a delightful trip. Well worth the cost.
I'd recommend the trip, J&B...and if Captain Kevin is still there, ask if you could go out with him.
- Family Travel
Conch Farm on Providenciales
After too much fun in the sun, we decided to try something different, the Conch Farm.
After paying for admission, a very nice young man came to show us around the farm. Conch is farmed for food, but they also have to place, or stock, so many per year, back into the sea.
You are taken from tank to tank to see the progression of the growth of the conch, from young to adult. At the end of the tour you are shown two fully grown conch (male and female) learn how to distingush between the two (quite obvious to me!) and get to see them come from their shells, which was amazing. Their eyes are pretty cool!
the price of admission was not that bad ($6), and it was something that took little time, and yet was pretty interesting.
Their web site can be found at http://www.caicosconchfarm.com/
You're at a terrific beach where it doesn't get too hot, but if you start to feel a little toasty, you can take a dip in the cool, clear water. Get a tan. Read a book/magazine. Listen to your mp3/CD/cassette player. Nap. Talk to a friendly neighbor in a chair next to you. Get drunk. Whatever. Above all, take some time to snorkel.
- Diving and Snorkeling
SEADOO GUIDED TOUR
The Leeward side of Provo offers an excursion that should not be missed. It is the Seadoo guided tour. Similar to Jet Skis, the Seadoos are a sit down machine and very comfortable to drive. There is a compartment to keep your things dry, as well as a little glove box to keep a camera or something handy while driving. We took the 4 hour guided tour and on this day we were the only ones that signed up for the excursion. We arrived down at the marina, got our life vests and signed off on their release. We took off into some calm shallow water where you could see rays and nurse sharks only a few feet below the Seadoo. This was very exciting and as we continued our trip, we saw more. The tour takes you around the islands and past the vacation homes of Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris on Parrot Cay. The trip stops for a break at one of the islands that are used for picnics. You get off the Seadoo and can do some shell hunting or just explore the island. After about 20 minutes or so, you get back on the Seadoo to continue the trip. There is a supply ship that got grounded during one of the past huricanes and is sitting in about 12' of water. It is hard to believe that the waters were so bad that they actually picked this ship up and sat it down in the shallows. Deep water isn't anyplace close to where this ship sits. The guides are very knowledgeable about the area and will bring you to many interesting places. We highly recommend this excursion. Make sure you bring some water and maybe even a snack for your rest stop. Don't forget to tip your guide early in your trip.
- Adventure Travel
A private island trip
if on Provo, sign up for a full day private island getaway. With a full lunch and beverages you can specifiy, you get a bay, a beach or a cay all to yourself.
With a little exploring we also found a huge sink hole 20 yards in shore that we swam in with fish. Made it even more private even tho we didn't see a soul except for boats passing.
GRACE BAY !!
One of the longest stretches of beach int he world, you can spend all your time on this beach, it is extremely lovely.
A perfect sunset nearly every day..
Sitting at the covered outdoor restaurant is the only place to be at sunset...and the rum punch is excellent !!!
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