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Travel – Providenciales – one of the islands of Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean

Providenciales is one of the islands of the Turks and Caicos Islands, located in the Caribbean. Th land area of this island is about 98 km2 (38 sq mi) with a population of approximately 15,542. The population is the third largest in the area. The only conch farm of the world is in this place. The island is also called Provo. Before Provo became a popular tourist destination, Blue Hills, The Bight (on Grace Bay) and Five Cays were three centers that were famous.

Attraction of Providenciales:

Providenciales and other islets in the North, South, and East Caicos have some of the great beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The beaches are unique with stunning cliffs, rock jetties, and the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Long Bay Beach on Providenciales which is also called “Provo,” is a special enjoyment as one can kite board here.

The Casablanca Casino that is on Providenciales is the major casino on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Provo has other attractions like the Princess Alexandra Marine Park, home to Jo Jo the bottlenose dolphin, shopping and exploring ancient ruins on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Golf, fishing, snorkeling, and diving are some of the activities on this group of islands.

Golf: There is an 18-hole golf course that is located on Providenciales known as the Provo Golf & Country Club. This club is also home to some exotic bird species, lush landscape and tropical ambiance. Grand Turk also has a mini golf course having nine-holes which is known as the Waterloo Golf club.

Snorkeling and Diving: Scuba divers love to explore the waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands. These waters are rich with marine life and other amazing underwater life. One can also enjoy swimming with the fish. Gorgeous reef structures, breathtaking coral walls, and an extensive aquatic ecosystem beneath the waves make it very enjoyable for the diver. There are rentals in the Dive shops and other places that offer scuba and snorkel gear rental.
• Flamingo Divers, Providenciales: Flamingo Divers is a diving group with about 8 divers on board. They take the divers to the premium dive sites including French Cay, West Caicos, Sand bore Channel, and Northwest Point.
• SNUBA Turks and Caicos, Providenciales: Snorkeling trips designed for families, where one can dive to see turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, lobster, tons of fish and of course spectacular coral. This adventure is safe and a lot of fun for the whole family. One can enjoy and explore the world below which is approximately 20 ft below without carrying scuba equipment.

Fishing and Charters: The Turks and Caicos Islands are great for fisherman and for sport fishing in Caribbean. There are an array of game fish including marlin, sailfish, barracuda, and many more.
• Nautique Sports: One can rent a boat and use it for touring and one can do wakeboarding, skiing, and tubing also here.

Provo Ponies, Providenciales: Provo Ponies is a small horseback riding facility that is located in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
Picnics on private beaches and snorkeling with some of the world’s most beautiful fish and coral are the island’s special attraction.
• Caicos Conch Farm: This is the only Conch Farm of the world. One can explore the shelled sea creatures by learning about the life cycle of the Conch.
• Turks & Caicos National Museum: This museum depicts the cultural history of the islands, the discovery and the impact of early European settlement, natural and political history, and the role played in 20th century space exploration.

Best time to visit / climate:

The Turks and Caicos Islands are arid. Providenciales is one of the islands of the Turks and Caicos, and hence the same weather applies here too. In the winter the weather is generally in the 70 – 80°F range. The temperatures easily climb into the 90°F during the summer. The island gets less than 50 inches of rainfall a year. Most rainfall occurs during the hurricane months of summer. Hence better to avoid or at least be careful during this time. Sunshine and breezy cooling winds are the norm in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:

By plane:
American Airlines serves schedule flights from many US cities to Providenciales International Airport. Other major carriers from the US include Spirit Airlines, US Airways and Delta. British Airways offers flights to London. WestJet Airlines and Air Canada offer flights to Toronto.
• American Airlines offers non-stop service from NY-JFK and Miami.
• US Airways offers non-stop service from Philadelphia and Charlotte.
• Delta offers non-stop service from Atlanta.
• British Airways offers service from London.
• Bahamas Air offers service from Nassau.
• Local airlines offer service from nearby islands.

By boat: One can take a boat from the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas or Cuba.
Getting around: Taxis are accessible from Providenciales and Grand Turk. There are car rentals available and motorcycle rentals too on the island.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

To stay
Restaurants at Tripadvisor
Yahoo travel

Blogs / Sites about Providenciales:


Images and photos of Providenciales:

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Some books from Amazon to help you plan your trip to Turks and Caicos Islands better:

Frommer’s Portable Turks and Caicos Fodor’s Caribbean 2012 (Full-color Travel Guide) Beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands: Providenciales

Videos of Providenciales from youtube:

Providenciales – Long Bay Beach

Leeward Beach – Providenciales

Grace Bay Beach | Providenciales | Provo | Turks and Caicos Islands | Caribbean Beaches

Bonefishing on Providenciales

Shopping in Grace Bay Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands

Touring the Turks and Caicos from Providenciales to Middle Caicos

Approach into Providenciales Turks & Caicos

Beach Providenciales Turks and Caicos

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