“Provo” is the heart of the country and accommodate the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach. Providenciales, the real name of “Provo”, has been promoted by Condé Nast and by the World Travel Awards as one of their top destinations for plenty of years. The luxury amenities on the island keep expanding including now a golf course, a casino, shopping centers, and exceptional restaurants. Turks and Caicos are world-famous for diving, and the island will provide one of the best experiences in the Caribbean, the marine world is a must-see there.
After short cruise south across the Caicos Bank to French Cay, you will discover a sanctuary for migrating birds and marine life. Coral reefs, turtles, and reef sharks are plentiful, making this location an absolute dream for experienced divers. Molasses Reef hosts one of the oldest shipwrecks in the Americas.
The least populated and smallest island in the Turks and Caicos is also one of the most exceptional, truly disorienting, with donkeys roaming free. They used to pull carts on the island before being replaced by mechanical engines. Taylor’s Hill offers one of the most mesmerizing views on the island and old ruins, an ideal spot for whale watching at the correct season. January and April see migrating humpback whales populating the warm waters of Salt Cay.
True heaven on earth, Grand Turk can be reached by a short cruise northeast. The only lighthouse in the country rests on this island, explaining the multiple old shipwrecks that can be found on the surrounding islands. The outstanding coral reef, dropping to 8,000 feet is one of the island’s most famous dive spot, close enough to shore for a beach dive. The reef is home to both coral and oceanic fishes.
Whales can also be observed there, from the shore or the surface. Grand Turk’s colonial spirit remains until this day, and strolling past the old streets, visiting the National Museum will offer a true insight into the country’s history and traditions.
Middle Caicos, the largest island, is 48 square miles of unspoiled natural beauty. The shorelines around this middle island are slightly more dramatic than the others, including limestone cliffs with long sandy beaches on the north shore. Mudjin Harbor is a half-moon lagoon, home to one of the most picturesque beaches of the island, a true must-see. Middle and North Caicos are connected at low tide and one can walk between the two.
The lushest of the islands, home to green vegetation and palm trees, the North Caicos sees abundant rainfalls during the season. Featuring similar white sand beaches as the southern islands, it is much more private and exclusive as the other ones. The largest flocks of Pink Flamingos can be found on the island, far from the crowd of the more popular islands. Ospreys and their nests can be found on Three Mary Cays, an adjacent sand bar, and a certain variety of birds can be spotted, ideal for bird lovers. The marine life also remains untouched there, ideal for diving or snorkeling.