From the tender age of 2 days old, Vernica was able to call Providenciales her home, as it was also the birth place of her parents and their extended family. Providenciales has always been that place of comfort for her, and a place where natural beauty could always be seen and appreciated; a place where the island slogan is “Beautiful by Nature”. One cannot help but to admire the tropical waters and the pristine sugary sands of Providenciales. The ideal place to relax and make your home away from home!
Providenciales is the urban centre of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Familiarly known as “Provo,” the island offers all the modern conveniences one could desire while remaining a superior vacation destination for one who wants an escape from stress and overpopulated cities. Provo has an 18 hole golf course, a casino, marinas, a growing number of bars and excellent restaurants. A favorite for kite boarders, paddle boarder entheuist. Provo is also a divers’ and water lovers’ paradise. Beautiful beaches are scattered on all sides of Providenciales, the most spectacular of which is a 12 mile stretch located on Grace Bay, which is protected by a healthy barrier reef.
Grand Turk the administrative and political capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is six miles long and just over a mile wide. Like the other islands, Grand Turk is blessed with miles of quiet sugary beaches. Grand Turk excels in providing spectacular diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing. Grand Turk is consistently rated among the top 10 dive destinations in the World. A lighthouse and the remains of a United States Navy Base are located on the northeast point of the island. The remains of a U.S. Air Force Base are on the west coast.
Grand Turk houses the Turks & Caicos National Museum which displays span the whole of human history in the Turks and Caicos, from Indian occupations starting at 700 AD right up to modern times, the arrival of John Glenn after his historic three-orbit space flight in 1962.
For Malinda, growing up with my mother and father in North Caicos has given me such a love for this island. From a peaceful school life to living on iron shore waterfront property in the settlement of Bottle Creek, as children we explored small bays and islands that are home to beautiful coastal flora as well as numerous shorebirds, flamingos, waders and rock iguanas. We were also able to enjoy the beautiful beaches, many of them offering pleasant picnic areas. Daily ferry service and boat charters are available making North Caicos easily accessible.
North Caicos, known in the past as the “Garden Island is 41 square miles and is also blessed with the same white sandy beaches as its neighboring islands.
North Caicos boasts the largest flock of Pink Flamingo in the islands. There are Loyalist plantation ruins, the grandest of which is Wade’s Green. Lucayan artifacts were found in the caves near Sandy Point. Cottage Pond on the road to Sandy Point is a large pool of tropical vegetation. There are flocks of Flamingos at Flamingo Pond and Mud Hole Pond. You will find ospreys and their nesting sites on the adjacent Three Mary Cays, and a wide variety of other birds on the islands extensive nature reserves and sanctuaries. Iguanas on the nearby East Bays Cays are an outstanding example of the natural diversity of this green island. Crafts such as straw-work are still practiced on this island which is widely known as the “Breadbasket of the Turks and Caicos Islands” or the “Emerald Isle”.
Fine sloops were built to transport the crops from the extensive farms located close to the settlements of Bottle Creek, Whitby, Sandy Point and Kew to the other islands. Less farming is carried on now-days but the Government farm in Kew still produces tomatoes and cucumbers available on North.
Middle Caicos is a beautiful laid back relaxing island that Terry loves to visit. From the Incredible Conch Bar Caves to explore and the stunning Mudjin Harbour which is probably the most beautiful bay in the world, words can hardly describe the feeling you get when you see the stunning beaches in Middle Caicos. It is like a step back in time when you visit this lush green island.
The largest island in the Turks & Caicos chain, Middle Caicos has an area of 48 square miles. However, Middle Caicos is also the least populated island with less than 600 residents. It is a very lush island suitable for agriculture. The three communities on Middle Caicos are Conch Bar, Lorimers, and Bambarra.
Middle Caicos is known for bonefishing flats in the calm backwaters between the islands. The shallow waters of Bambarra Beach also, allows for sailing model sailboats, hand carved by local artisans and proves as a great snorkeling and eco adventure location.
Middle Caicos houses the largest above ground caves in all of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos which were formed by an erosion of limestone. If you are into caves, bats and want to see where local Indians took shelter when storms hit don’t miss a tour of these amazing caves.
Whenever Karen has an opportunity to visit one of our outer islands, Salt Cay is her favorite for its unspoiled beaches and rustic charm that has all but vanished with the more developed islands. It’s also totally magical if you are lucky enough to be there sometime from January through March lounging on the deck of your rental accommodation while a pod of humpback whales migrates through the passage in front of you with their new born calves. Truly an island lost in time!
Salt Cay is a tranquil and charming island offering complete relaxation. This tiny island possesses quiet bays with several long stretches of beautiful white sand beaches excellent for swimming, snorkeling and beach combing.
There are few cars on the island, most of the transportation is via golf cart, bicycle, boat or foot.
Salt Cay excels in providing spectacular diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing. Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine has rated Salt Cay in the top 100 in the world as ‘best wall diving. Salt Cay also ranked in the top 5 in the world under the categories: Top Dive Destination ,Top Macro Life, Top Fish Life, Top Advanced Diving , Healthiest Marine Life and Top Underwater Photography.
Between January and April Salt Cay becomes a Mecca for whale watchers who travel here to observe the migrating humpback whales. Often they pass close to the island and can be spotted from balconies and decks. The locals with boats for hire make it possible to tour out to be closer to these giant beasts.
Salt Cay is a rest stop for migrating birds with varieties ranging from pink flamingos to blue herons. Salt Cay’s quiet environment makes it the perfect spot for bird watching.
A visit to Salt Cay is essential if you want to understand the history of the Salt Islands. Little has changed in Salt Cay since 1900, when the Salt Industry flourished.
South Caicos, one of the smallest islands in the Turks and Caicos archipelago, is known for excellent scuba diving, deep sea fishing and bone fishing. South Caicos, located south of the Bahamas, north of Dominican Republic, east of Cuba consists of eight square miles of coral rock. Found in South Caicos the former Coast Guard Station and The School For Field Studies which is located in the old Admiral’s Arm Inn. Students from abroad come here to study marine and reef ecology.
Exploring town, Cockburn Harbour is a photographers delight with an abundance of old buildings, walls and gates, old salt warehouses and many colourful boats of many types docked in the harbour.
South Caicos also known as , “East Habour” , “The Rock” and “Big South” has the most protected and finest natural harbour of all the islands, Cockburn Harbour, once a hideout for the infamous Caribbean pirates and bustling port for a thriving salt industry. At the turn of the Century, South Caicos shipped the most salt of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Today the once famous port and township of Cockburn Harbour makes it’s living from fishing, conch and lobster.