Providenciales is the main tourist destination where you will find international style hotel accommodation, restaurants, bars and other forms of entertainment. Every type of accommodation has its own unique style with the majority of hotels located on the beach. In the year 2010 it was estimated that the Turks and Caicos Islands population was between 26,000 and 27,000 residents. The average temperature ranges between 75 and 85 Degrees. During the height of the summer, the temperature can reach 90 degrees but the constant trade winds helps to cool things off when the temperature rises.
Historical points of interest include the Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill Plantation ruins. Stones engraved by shipwrecked sailors are found on a hill overlooking Sapodilla Bay. Providenciales is home to the only Conch farm in the world, these mollusks with their beautiful pink shells take five years to grow to their adult size. The Conch farm is open for tours during the winter months. You can also scuba, snorkel, kayak, free-dive and swim with whales and dolphins. Lots of operators can take you out to see the migrating whales during the months of January – March each year. For those who enjoy golf, the Provo Golf and Country Club, boasts an 18-hole par 72 professionally designed golf course that is ranked as one of the top five premiere golf communities in the Caribbean. Golf clubs are available for rent and dress code is enforced. Several golf tournaments and golf packages are available. Golfers can also enjoy the 9-hole course at Waterloo in Grand Turk located next to beautiful Governor’s beach.
Providenciales enjoys a growing reputation among international investors as the premiere offshore banking system in the western hemisphere. With modern communication facilities, mature leadership and sophisticated professionals, the Turks and Caicos Islands have set themselves apart from others in the world of state-of-the-art international finance. Electricity operates at the US Standard 120/240VAC with 60 Cycles. Water is gathered from an on-Island desalinization process and is safe to drink.
There are more than 200 miles of white-sand beaches in the Turks and Caicos; the best-known, 12-mile-long Grace Bay, is home to most of Provo’s resorts and hotels. (Offshore, keep an eye out for JoJo, a wild dolphin that likes humans.) Some of the best beaches for shelling and snorkeling are on the outlying cays, an easy day trip by boat or kayak. Little Water Cay, the closest, is an iguana preserve, and other islets are sanctuaries for ospreys, frigate birds, and snowy plovers.
Provo has some of the best bonefishing flats in the Turks and Caicos, and consistent big-game fishing beyond the reef and a championship course at the Provo Golf Club. But this laid-back collection of cays is really a serenade to sun, sea, and sand.