Blogs from Turks & Caicos, Central America Caribbean - page 6


Providenciales, or Provo as everybody calls it, is the westernmost island in the Caicos Island chain as well as the tourist center of the Turks and Caicos. Due to all its recent development, it is downright cosmopolitan (by island standards). Posh mega-resorts line Grace Bay, a beautiful white sand beach that runs the entire north coast of Provo for miles and miles. And there are lots of great restaurants and shopping centers to support the over 100,000 visitors annually. But besides the beach and tropical climate, the main reason people visit Provo is for the renowned scuba diving. Due to its geography and geology, the Turks and Caicos have some of the best wall dives in the world. So we were super excited to go out there and check it out. We were blown away by ... read more
Scuba Diving
Grace Bay

After staging in Boqueron, getting the boat all prepared, double checking our safety equipment, and cooking for our long passage, we were ready to go. And a perfect weather window opened up. So it was time to officially leave the Caribbean and set sail for the Turks and Caicos, a 320 mile trip (the longest we have ever done) across the dreaded Mona Passage. Actually, the Mona is only the first 77 miles of our voyage and is the body of water between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. What makes it so treacherous is that it is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, and all the wind and waves have to squeeze thru this small gap. Any differences between the weather conditions of these two massive bodies of water create havoc when they ... read more
Jay at the Healm
Caicos Bank

When you board the plane your mind instantly starts wandering; you can almost feel the warmth of the tropical winds, high humidity and imagine the wonder of diving along a coral wall looking into the deep blue abyss around you. Your journey to the islands starts as you relax, unwind and leave the day to day behind you. You grab a brief moment to think about the fact that you fled the cold Pittsburh winter to stare at the clear turquoise waters, scuba dive, relax and read. Sitting on the tarmack waiting to for the plane to be de-iced, we are in search of a few days without phones, beepers and blackberries. For the uninformed we want to let you know that only 11 days before we left for the islands, Pittsburgh was hit with 21 ... read more
Turquoise Waters are Amazing
Grand Turk Sunset
A Quiet Pier

I'll start by stating that I've adjusted my entry dates based on my actual visits to these locales... so my apologies for a bit of backtracking. In future, I hope to be more current with my postings now that I've discovered this site! The first time I had the pleasure of visiting this lovely island was in November/December 2001. I was searching for an all-inclusive vacation with lovely water and unlimited windsurfing that catered to adults only (my age at the time... 28). The travel agent (yes, still frequently used in 2001) was very kind and helpful and assured me it would be a terrific fit. Wow, did she ever set the bar for making me a happy camper! As you can see from the pictures, this location is exquisite. Let me briefly backtrack a bit ... read more

Well today unfortunately didn’t go as planned as we had some bad news this afternoon. We arrived in Grand Turk early in the morning. Lin didn’t have any tours booked but I had a 4x4 Safari tour that didn’t leave until 12:30. So we had a leisurely breakfast in the Lido then headed off to do some shopping (Lin’s idea not mine). She was trying to find some shoes (she forgot her walking shoes) but the shops right at the dock don’t have that type of thing. It was very hot (someone said over 100 and it seemed that way to me) so we decided to stop by Margaritaville to cool off (ok I had a coke and Lin had an Ice Tea). We were the only ship in port so it wasn’t very crowded. Lin ... read more
Grand Turk
Grand Turk
Grand Turk

Today Mel, Jess and I were in Grand Turk. Once again, our original plans were messed up due to some disorganization elsewhere on the ship, but we still made the most of it. A few weeks back, I’d done the Flow Rider (surf machine) in Grand Turk for a tour with my teens. I’d told Mel and Jess how much fun it was, so they decided it was something they wanted to try. I got a pool-side chair next to the Flow Rider so I had a front-row view of the action. Which also meant I got lots of good photos - and videos! - of the girls in action. And they were really good! Both of them managed to pull off quite a few of the “tricks” that the instructors get you to attempt doing. ... read more
Jess Gets Swept Away

My wife and I just returned from a three night excursion at Wymara’s recently unveiled Gansevoort Turks & Caicos, a clear contender for the title of TCI’s hippest spot. Our journey began with a direct flight that departed Philly mid-morning, and arrived in Providencia, TCI in about 3 short hours. Twenty minutes later we were poolside - cocktails in hand - as the warm relaxing trade winds circulated. Our senses were further stimulated by the resort’s mellow soundtrack of ambience music, piped softly throughout the grounds and beachfront by an array of outdoor speakers. The day’s transition from the cold crowded Northeast to this ultra-luxe Caribbean destination was both surreal and heavenly. Provo Island’s decade-long building boom has indeed resulted in some comfortable vacation properties. Sadly, however, most of these resorts are informed, from an architectural ... read more

Today we’re in Grand Turk. As part of my teen program, every cruise I offer a shore excursion where the teens get to go on a tour in port with their friends and me - no parents. Gin, who is cruising with me, and I had had plans to go on a tour of the island and hang out on the beach afterwards. But with such a high teen count, of course I had enough teens sign up to run the tour this cruise, so I had to work. Ginny went off on the bus tour on her own and I met my teens to take them ashore. I had 8 teens today - the largest teen tour I’ve ever run! We didn’t have far to go; our tour was right on the beach at the ... read more
Back in Grand Turk
Teens on Tour
My Turn

After six trips around the world in just over two years, Elise and I finally chose a home. How did we decide? Where did we end up? Well, lets start with the master list -- over the last year we have considered: Vancouver, Canada London, England Bali, Indonesia Las Vegas, USA Los Angeles, USA Cape Town, South Africa Singapore, Singapore Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Vancouver -- I have lived in Vancouver before and it is one of my favorite cities in the world. The rain is a bit much for me. Another consideration was that Elise, who is English, wanted to have the option to work, particularly if I would still be traveling and speaking around the world from time to time. Visa requirements made this challenging. London -- Wow. Never again, I think. I love ... read more

We just got back from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The total time that we were there was eleven days, and we had a great time!!!!! Here's how it is. It is a very clean and quiet island. The two main roads are Grace Bay Road, which is where the vast majority of touristy things are, and Leeward Highway. The latter is a very busy highway with very little to no sidewalk to walk on; we know first hand!!!!! The currency that is used on the island is the US Dollar, although Turks and Caicos is still a British Protectorate. Many of the businesses on the island are owned by either Americans, Candadians, or British citizens. The majority of the workers for the hotels are from all over, a relatively small percentage are from the Turks ... read more
Tourst Area in Provo
High Rise Resort
Port of Calls

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