Turks and Caicos Islands: Spotlight on Providenciales (Provo)

I can’t believe that it has almost been a month since we returned from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Since then, we’ve had sundress weather, snow, and a family campout (watch for more on this topic in an upcoming post). But our time spent in the tropics was nothing short of spectacular.

Our accommodations were at Beaches Turks and Caicos, and I was blown away by the amenities available for the entire family. From a great water park to an indoor Xbox lounge to kid-friendly fare, this all-inclusive has anything and everything a family could need or want. The kids could even swim up to the pool bars and order their drinks–sans alcohol, of course.  ImageImageImage

But there is so much more to this island than the resort we stayed on. And I’m going to offer you some friendly tips if you ever plan to head to this Caribbean locale.

Transportation

By Plane–The island group of Turks and Caicos is located south of the Bahamas, north of Puerto Rico, but getting here can be pricey. If you can snag flights for between $600-$700 per person, do it! On the way home, be warned that the T&C airport is smaller than tiny–in fact, it is smaller than most gates at many US airports. Also, once you clear security, there is nothing to eat except bagged junk food. Think ahead and have your resort prepare you a meal to take to the airport or pack sandwiches and the like–you CAN take these through security. And be sure to have cash on hand for the $5.00 per person departure fee that will NOT be included in your vacation package.

Around the Island–Provo is relatively small, and easily drivable. Just be aware that stop lights are nonexistent and roundabouts are everywhere. Oh yeah, you will need to drive on the other side of the road.

Boat Tours–if you have the time, be sure to hop on an excursion that will take you to some of the uninhabited islands. We went to Iguana Island–yes, it lived up to it’s name–and found that the views were spectacular and the water was literally crystal clear.Image

Food and Drink

Resorts–since we stayed at an all-inclusive resort, we were able to get our fill of all different kinds of fare. I must warn you salad eaters, though, that salads aren’t like the “meal” salads we get here at home. If you order a salad, you will get the minimum lettuce, tomatoes and a few extra veges. Most resorts will offer seafood–be sure to try conch fritters and any house specialties–and probably jerk something. Try it all!

Grocery Stores–if you plan to rent a villa or house, your best bet is to visit the Graceway IGA in its centralized location.

Restaurants–there are numerous restaurants to choose from around the island. Click here to find out some of your best dining options: http://www.turksandcaicostourism.com/providenciales-restaurant-guide.html.

Drink–technically, tap water is safe to drink–and you can definitely brush your teeth with it; however, I would strongly advise sticking to bottled water when possible. Fruity alcoholic beverages made with ice are fine to consume–trust me, I made sure of this (hummingbird)!

Accommodations

All-inclusive resorts–personally, I am a Beaches Resorts fan. I think they offer the best amenities, service, food, drink and excursions. However, this can also come with a steep price tag. If you are in the market for an all-inclusive, be sure to do your research or contact your travel professional so you know exactly what you are getting for the money. All all-inclusive resorts are not made equal.

Villas and Homes–many private rentals are available on the island. Stay safe and protect your investment by renting through an established site like VRBO.

 

We had such an amazing experience, and we know that we will venture back to T&C soon. For now, though, we are already planning our next family adventure: Disney World here we come!

 

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