Grace Bay Beach - A Carribean Gem
I will never ever forget my stay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The sand is so white and fine. The beach is so beautiful! This paradise will always be in my heart together with the memories I had with friends who will always be special to me..Related to:
Sapodilla Bay (Provo)
Sapodilla Bay is a nice stretch of beach on the south side of Provo. The water here is very blue and crystal clear; perfect for swimming. The beach has that wonderful powder sand that can be found all over the island.
Visit Beautiful Providenciales
Provo is a great destination for beach and water-sports enthusiasts. The beaches here are pristine and beautiful. The water is crystal clear and very clean. Boating, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba are perfect activities on Provo; the surf isn't rough and the winds are perfect for sailing.
There are many resorts on Provo whether you are single, a couple or traveling with family. Grace Bay is littered with resorts that range from affordable to luxury; any one can find one to match their budget.
So if romance is the agenda or a fun family vacation; Provo has it all.
Treasure Beach (Provo)
Treasure Beach was a section of beach where you can find the island vendors selling their goods and where the weekly beach party took place. The beach was a small section and very crowded with vendors and families. We only walked this beach during the late afternoon when it was less crowded and when we wanted to shop for souvenirs.
Grace Bay Beach (Provo)
Grace Bay is the perfect area for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts . The water is crystal clear and the sand is soft. It is one of our favorite spots on Provo.
Grace Bay is full of activity: catamarans, snorkeling, scuba, swimming, kayaks and just lounging on the beach. Grace Bay is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park and therefore enjoys enforced protection by law. No jet skis or water-skiing is allowed due to the reefs. The reefs provide protecting from rough surf which makes the beach area quite calm and safe for adults and children to swim without worry.
Little Water Cay
Little Water Cay is an uninhabited island but has plenty of natives such as iguanas and ospreys. We booked an excursion to the island to see the iguanas. Little Water Cay is protected as part of the Princes Alexandra National Park.
Liz and I hopped aboard a boat with several other resort guest for a nice ride to Little Water Cay. We were told ahead of time to not bring anything but our cameras onto the island; no garbage or outside material should be left on the island. We were also told not to feed or touch the iguanas; that was an easy rule to follow. We arrived at the island; hopped off the boat and were greated by a guide. As we walked the island we saw sevearl birds and plenty of Iguanas. The iguanas barely seemed to noticed us as they were busy walking around or sunning themselves on the beach. Liz snaped away pics and they didn't seem to mind one bit.
Visiting the island was a fun experience and I was glad we took the excursion.
Grand Turk Cruise Center
The Cruise Center of Grand Turk has a large shopping center full of duty free shops. The shops sell: jewelry, perfume, clothing, swimwear, liquor, porcelain, crystal and the local souveniers.
The center also has Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville if you are looking to have a meal, snack or a drink.
The transportation hub within the center can arrange a taxi, rental car, van, bus or water excursion for you.
Grand Turk Island
Our first time to Grand Turk was during a Royal Caribbean cruise. It was the first time that the RC Line had been to Grand Turk. The dock was relatively new and so was the beach buildings. We were the only ship there that day and we had the island all to ourselves. The beaches were beautiful with white sand. The water was crystal clear and a spectrum of lovely blue hues. I proposed to my wife on one of the dive piers in Grand Turk in 2008. It was the perfect setting to our special day in Grand Turk.
When we returned in October 2009 on a Princess Cruise the area was a bit built up since our last visit but the natural beauty was still there. We visited once again recently in July 2010 aboard the Caribbean Princess. The beach was built up a bit more with new palm trees and more sand as well as some new shops.
Enjoy some Turks Head Lager
The local beer in T&C is Turks Head. It has two varities a dark beer and a lager. From our fisrst visit to T&C; we loved this beer. My wife and I enjoyed several of the Turks Head Lagers on the beach, in the pool or hanging out at one of the many island bars. It is light, crisp beeer which is perfect for enjoying in the heat.
Snorkel/Dive with Big Blue Unlimited
Great knowledgeable staff of divers and eco-guides. The TCI are a wellspring of great diving and exploring. These people know their stuff and really provide great tours for those who have an aversion to the booz-cruise groups. They make it simple and enlightening.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
On some of the local excursions they will take you to a place on the North end of Provodenciales (Provo) where there are thousands of Conch crusing the seabed. You snorkel over and spy one you think looks tasty and you swim down and grab it. Take it back to the boat and they make you a fresh Conch salad. The conch meat is sweet and tastes like coconut.
We took a tour through Beaches with an outfit called Silver Deep. It was well worth the cost. They have friendly, knowledgable guides and boat captains, nice clean boats, good service. They took us there, cleaned the conch, took us snorkeling and then over to see the Iguanas.
This was the best day out we had the entire time we were there.Related to:
- Water Sports
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Family Travel
We travelled to North Caicos by boat which took about half an hour from Provo. Once we got there we hired some mountain bikes and toured around the island. Much of the island is pretty dull to be honest, with the samey waist high vegetation stretching as far as the eye can see.
However there are some highlights:
Flamingo Pond - home to hundreds of the pinkest flamingos I've ever seen
Kew - a small town with a couple of quaint little stores, school and plantation etc.
Horestable Beach - typical Caicos beach with white sands and turquoise sea and no people in sight
We booked our trip with a company called Big Blue, and were met by a great bloke called JD who was an excellent laugh, and his friend Maggie. After lunch we went on a boat trip along the coast of North Caicos to another deserted island called Bay Cay.
We flew back to Provo which cost $40.00 each, and the views from the plane were superb.
Worth taking the time to do it if you fancy something different from sitting on Grace Bay every day, and JD made the trip great fun.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
As long as you're here ... and recognizing you can't just lie on the beach and/or dive every day (or can you?) ... you might as well hop a cheap flight (less than $50) and check out another island. A good bet would be North Caicos. North Caicos is yet another sand bar, albeit with less development, possibly cleaner waters (although that would be tough) and shallow areas for snorkeling, as well as pristine scuba sites. The Ritz is threatening to build a big resort here, but until it does, only small and intimate hotels exist. Oh yes, and a few multi-million dollar mansions for U.S. and British expats.
While in Provo, take a ride to the Caicos Marina or have your excursion host make reservations to have Paul pick you up and take you to the Marina at no charge. When at the marina see Paul and get setup on one of their Sea-Doo watercrafts. These things are awesome and offer you a great chance to paly around. You may take them out on your own, or you may have a guide take you out. I suggest the guide as there are many smaller islands that can create some disorientation of where you are and where you came from. The guide will give you a tour of the southern end of island and point out the many areas of interest. We used Fredrick for the second time while in Provo and though he likes to ride fast in rough seas, we still had a great time. Even with getting knocked off a couple times by some good size waves. The guided tours are one or two hours. When you go there, tell him Islandjim recommended that they take out the Sea-Doos.Related to:
Relax on baby soft sand
If your here for relaxation or just worn out from the previous days activites...Turks & Caico's has relaxing on the beach down! No need for that beach towel, unless your wet of course, lol. That powdery white sand is as soft as a baby's bottom and the view's that you see...drop dead, take your breath away turqoise blue. If your lucky, you also might get a chance to see JoJo, the resident dolphin. Some people have been lucky enough to be out swimming in the bay when JoJo came up & played with them. Oh, why couldn't I be that lucky? I love dolphins...but then again, I wouldn't have traded my time with Wilbert :-)Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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