Providenciales (known as Provo by the locals) is the largest island in the British Overseas Territory, the Turks & Caicos Islands.
It’s also the most populated of the islands, and likely where you’ll end up staying if you decide to visit these beautiful islands, so here’s a quick guide to some of the things you’ll want to know on your first visit.
Where to Stay
The majority of the Turks & Caicos resorts are located on Providenciales, so you’re sure to find somewhere that suits you.
There are plenty of classy resorts such as the Sands and Beaches, as well as more affordable options like the Comfort Inn, and even a Club Med if you’re after something a little livelier.
Despite this, we recommend the all-inclusive Blue Haven resort, which falls nicely in the middle, offering great service, its own private beach and two restaurants, all at a reasonable price.
All in all though, because the island is only a few miles wide, you’ll never be too far from the beach, and will usually have great views, and none of the resorts are in what you could consider a ‘rough’ area, so in many ways, you can’t go wrong!
Where to Eat
The first thing to know about food in Provo is that, unfortunately, it is a little more expensive than you would be used to back home.
The good news is that it is all top quality food! There are some great restaurants serving food from all around the world, but if you want to try a local delicacy, be sure to try out some conch, which is the island’s main export.
Cracked conch and conch fritters are the must-try dishes, or you could even visit the world’s only conch farm, where you can learn how the conch is grown and prepared.
Some of the restaurants around the island that we recommend include Asú on the Beach, The Tiki Hut, which is a more affordable and relaxed option, and Hemingway’s on the Beach, great for seaside steak and seafood.
What to Do
While you could easily spend your whole stay on Provo relaxing on the beach, there’s plenty of other things to see and do.
The conch farm we previously mentioned is one of the more unique attractions on the island, and can be an interesting way to see how they make their way to your plate.
Diving and snorkelling are also popular activities on the island, with a number of great dive spots such as the Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef.
Most of the shops are located around the Grace Bay area, with lots of jewellery and arts and crafts shops where you can pick up some unique souvenirs to take home to your friends and family.
Because the island is so small, you can probably walk to most of the shops and restaurants, but it’s also very affordable to rent your own car.
Again, because the island is so small, you can easily drive right around it, and it can be a great to explore a bit more at your own pace.