Providenciales: the list of things to do is anything but modest

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Whether you are 6 years old or 60 you’ll find in Providenciales plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

What would you do if you had 40 days and 40 nights to enjoy the Providenciales lifestyle? Here is our list of  things to see and do in Turks and Caicos; there’s plenty to do on these luxurious islands!

Golf at Provo Golf Club

The islands are home to their own golf club, described as “The jewel in the Turks and Caicos’ crown.”

A challenging and beautifully maintained course, Provo Golf Club truly is a secret worth discovering for any golf fan.

Go on a bike tour with Caicos Cyclery

Cycling can be a great way to explore the islands, and we recommend Caicos Cyclery, located on Provo.

The offer a range of tours around Provo itself as well as nearby North and Middle Caicos.

“Go Fish Fry” on Thursday nights

Every Thursday night at Bight Park, local food vendors come to celebrate all things TCI at the Island Fish Fry.

 

Attend annual events

There are some great annual events held on the islands, including:

  • Maskanoo (December) – An annual street festival featuring local food, music and a parade.
  • Culinary Food and Wine Festival (November) – A celebration of some of the fine dining.
  • Conch Festival (November) – The conch is the island’s number one delicacy and mascot this festival celebrates everything conch related!
  • Valentine’s Day Cup (February) – The Valentine’s Day Cup promotes the traditional practice of hand making and racing small model sailboats.
  • South Caicos Regatta (May) – The South Caicos Regatta is the islands’ oldest festivals.

 

Try your luck at the tables at Casablanca Casino

TCI is home to the Casablanca Casino where you can try your hand at blackjack, roulette craps and poker.

The casino is only a few minutes from Grace Bay beach and the surrounding nightlife.

 

Go on day trips to sister islands

While Providenciales is the main island in TCI, why not take a trip to the surrounding islands?

 

Grand Turk is the historical hub of the islands as well as being the capital island. This is where it’s believed Christopher Columbus landed in 1492, and Cockburn Town is a must for any history buff, as is the Turks & Caicos National Museum and historical lighthouse.

 

South Caicos is another historical island, home to many British Colonial buildings.

 

North Caicos is easily accessible by ferry, and once there you can rent a car and explore it.

 

It’s also home to a huge flock of pink flamingos!

 

Play tennis and take some lessons with one of several expert instructors

There are a number of courts around the islands where you can try your hand at tennis.

There’s truly no more beautiful location to enjoy a game of tennis than the stunning surroundings of TCI.

Do a tour with Turks and Caicos Helicopter Tours and see truly spectacular scenery

For a truly unique perspective there’s no better way than to take to the sky in a Helicopter Tour.

These tours really allow you to appreciate the unique landscape of the islands and their reef systems.

 

You won’t truly appreciate the whiteness of the beaches and the gorgeous turquoise ocean until you see them from above!

 

Take relaxing beach walks on Grace Bay, the number one beach in the world

 

The beautiful white sand beaches are teeming with aquatic life.

 

Pamper yourself at one of several premier island spas, such as Elevate Day Spa

Book for a spa treatment at one of the islands’ many spas such as the Elevate Day Spa.

Keep in shape by taking some fitness classes such as pilates at Studio 90 Degrees

If you simply can’t bring yourself to take a break from your fitness regime, the islands have you covered.

 

Why not take part in a Pilates class at Studio 90 Degrees or some yoga at Retreat Yoga & Wellness Studio.

 

Check out how the birds view Grace Bay beach by going parasailing

 

See the islands from a truly unique perspective as you soar above them like an eagle!

 

Sample local food

The local food is largely based on freshly caught seafood, due to its positioning in the middle of the ocean.

Local food is influenced not only by the rest of the Caribbean but also by European tastes.

Go for a “traffic light free” drive

Without any public transport, we recommend hiring out your own vehicle to explore the island.

There are also no traffic lights to worry about!

 

Learn about local traditions

The islands are home to many street vendors who craft their own wares. Pay them a visit and find out how straw baskets are made.

 

It’s also a great way to find yourself some true authentic Caribbean gifts to take home with you.

 

Try tabletop BBQ Grilling

At our sister resort Blue Haven Resort and Marina you can experience the tastes of their restaurant, Fire & Ice, and have fun at the same time by grilling your own meal with their tabletop charcoal BBQ grills.  It’s an experience not to be missed!

 

Book a family or personal portrait session with one of the several world-class photographers based on Providenciales

Once you’re here in Providenciales you’ll want to capture those special memories which are going to last you a lifetime.

 

The islands are home to a number of professional photographers.

Go fly a kite

The constant trade winds provide terrific kite flying conditions.  At Easter, the annual kite flying competition at the Bight Children’s Park is not to be missed.

 

Journey down ‘The Hole’

If you consider yourself to be a bit of an adrenaline junkie, then this activity is for you!

 

‘The Hole’, located in Long Bay in Providenciales is a 40 foot naturally formed limestone hole. Not only is it worth a visit to witness its immense size, but if you want to test your adventurous side you can also be lowered down on a rope where a swimming hole lies 80 feet down.

Go scuba diving

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or even if you’ve never dived in your life, Providenciales is a great place to learn!

 

And with warm, clear waters and such a bright and colourful variety of aquatic wildlife, you’ll be blown away by the islands’ underwater scenery.

 

Explore the island’s stunning marine life by going snorkelling at Smith’s Reef

If scuba diving isn’t quite for you, then why not try snorkelling? Smith’s Reef is one of the best snorkelling locations on the island and is accessible straight from the beach and so much to see!

 

Take a boat excursion

While the islands themselves are awe-inspiring enough, why not go a little bit further and explore the waters surrounding the islands?

 

Half and full day trips are available, with a range of different vessels, some of which feature glass bottoms, with many departing from Blue Haven Marina.

 

So whether you just want a relaxing trip in the sun, or want to go on a swashbuckling adventure, check out the many boat hire companies.

 

Catch some wind and do some wind sports

If you want something a little more active out of your TCI adventure, why not try out some kiteboarding?

 

The secluded beaches and safe waters of the TCI beaches, as well as the strong winds, make them perfect for this sport.

 

So why not hang out for a day at Long Bay beach and go kiteboarding with the pros?

 

Go swimming at Grace Bay beach

Or if you fancy a more laid back approach to the beach, head out to Taylor Bay and paddle about in the shallow waters.

 

Kids will love the soft sand and clear water while parents are safe in the knowledge that the shallow waters are completely safe.

 

Hoist the sails and go sailing

If you want to follow in the footsteps of Columbus and explore the seas of Providenciales by yourself, many resorts offer free use of Hobie Cats, and excursions are also offered by a number of local companies.

 

The waters of TCI are nice and calm, so a sailing excursion is perfect for the whole family,

 

Stay in shape and go stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding allows you to get a really unique view of the islands. Not only is it a good way to keep fit but it also allows you to get up close and personal with some of the island’s wildlife and explore some its hidden spots.

 

Because you’re much higher up than when kayaking, you get a much better view of all of the wildlife.

 

It’s very easy to pick up and a great way to see the mangrove wetlands and shallows, so why not give it a go?

 

Explore the marine life in Providenciales by taking a submarine tour

If you want to see all that the Turks and Caicos oceans have to offer without getting wet, why not try out a submarine tour?

 

Semi-submarines are available to carry up to 16 passengers of all ages which allow you to see all that the reefs have to offer from five feet below the water.

 

Keep an eye out for all manner of wildlife including fish, turtles and rays.

 

Learn about ecosystems by doing a guided kayak tour through the mangroves

Much of the Turks and Caicos Islands are made up of shallow mangroves, and one of the best ways to explore them is by kayak.

 

Kayaks allow you to get to many areas which would be otherwise inaccessible, and you don’t need any prior experience to take part.

 

Go fishing

For the ultimate day of relaxation, why not pick up a rod and go fishing off the coast of the islands.

 

The deep blue waters are teeming with potential catches and there’s something special about a day out fishing in these parts.

 

Choose from an exhilarating day of deep sea fishing or spend a relaxing day on the water bonefishing.

 

Watch a movie under the stars with movie nights on the beach at Blue Haven Resort

Unfortunately, there’s no cinema here on the island but over at our sister resort Blue Haven you can sit out under the stars on loungers and enjoy the movies like never before.

 

Indulge in fine dining at fabulous local restaurants

Great food is a must for any holiday, and you’re in luck here at Providenciales, with eateries specialising in food from all around the globe.

 

For such a tiny group of islands, there is a huge amount of fine restaurants including our own Kitchen 218 at Beach House and Fire & Ice at Blue Haven Resort.

 

So whether you want some authentic local grub or the finest in haute cuisine, TCI has you covered.

 

Get into the rhythm of the Caribbean by joining a free salsa dancing class

If you’re going to be hitting the dancefloors in Providenciales, you might want to pick up a few local moves!

 

Once you’ve got your salsa moves sorted out, put them into practice here at Fire & Ice at Blue Haven Resort on Thursday nights

 

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