Provo is not just about sand, sun and diving. There are plenty of other Turks and Caicos activities and adventures to consider for vacationers of all ages!
Dining out is one of our favorite Turks and Caicos activities! There are a great number of restaurant and bar options on Provo, but we’ve listed a few of our favorites below.
For a more complete listing you can download or just view the Providenciales Dining Guide.
Turks Kebab, close to the dive shop; inexpensive good food in a casual roadside setting. Also casual and inexpensive is Ricky’s Flamingo Café on the beach just past Club Med, a popular Sunday hangout for local families. Retreat Kitchen upstairs at Ports of Call offers fantastic vegetarian and vegan dishes for breakfast and lunch. You don’t have to put weight on on vacation!
For local flair and conch and fish inspired try The Conch Shack in Blue Hills, the name says it all. Or try Boogaloo’s in Five Cays. Both require a car or taxi ride but you just can’t beat the setting.
For fine dining try Caicos Café in the next little plaza, Bay Bistro on the beach at the Sibonne hotel, or Opus at Ocean Club. Coco Bistro is always popular and right next door is the more casual Coco Van. For a spectacular view over Turtle Cove Marina try Magnolia. Ever popular at Turtle Cove are SharkBite bar and grill, Baci restaurant and Mango Reef.
Water Sport Adventures
Water related adventures are on the top of everyone’s list of favorite Turks and Caicos activities!
Snuba: A step up from snorkeling after a 15 minute orientation to the equipment you take a guided tour of the reef underwater with surface supplied air. There is no experience needed to take a Snuba tour. If you can breath, look and kick your legs then you too can SNUBA. Snuba is suitable for children as young as 8 years and fun for adults as well! Many people who have tried SNUBA have gone on to become certified divers after just one Snuba experience.
Kite boarding — Kite boarding is quickly becoming one of the most popular adrenaline pumping of the Turks and Caicos adventures. With consistent trade winds and shallow water, the learning conditions on Provo are nothing short of world class.
Professional instructors from www.KiteProvo.com will get you started. First learning to fly the kite on the beach, and then out into the water with your board. KiteProvo also offers advanced lessons for those already up and riding as well as accommodations for kite boarding vacations.
Sailing and Boating— Sailing is fun and safe for all the family! We recommend www.waterplaytci.com who offer hobie and windsurf rentals and lessons. Small boat excursions are also available and if you crave speed then there are also jet ski companies who will either rent a boat or offer guided tours.
Sailing Excursions — The 52 foot sailing catamaran “Ariel” offers half day, full day, and sunset cruises. It’s your choice to sunbathe out front over the water in the trampolines, or chill in the shade with Captain Jay Stubbs. Beverages and snacks are included on all sails, just beware the rum punch! http://sailprovo.com/ A local favourite for sailing excursions is Atabeyra. They are often booked, but if you are here at glow worm mating time this is a trip not to be missed!
Kitesurf TCI is the most experienced windsurf school on Providenciales with 5-star Trip Advisor rating. All of the instructors hold certifications from IKO, WKO, or PASA. They have been teaching windsurfing for more than 20 years, teaching students as young as 5 years old to those more than 60.
Learning how to windsurf in Providenciales islands is a dream, this spectacular spot is an exclusive and luxury destination and the best place in the world to learn these watersports as the water is shallow, flat, crystal clear and warm.
Parasailing — Parasail fly 600 ft high above Grace Bay beach for a bird’s eye view of the island. Soar above the Turks and Caicos Islands’ skyline along the pristine shore of Grace Bay taking in the breathtaking views in our parasail while being towed behind our sleek powerboat. While soaring, be sure to keep a watchful eye for Jojo, our resident Dolphin.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding– Explore the beauty of Turks and Caicos Islands from the SUP point of view. It’s fun and relaxing for all ages and abilities. Most get the hang of paddling within minutes. Let www.SUPPROVO.com organize a unique paddle board experience for your entire group or family, or rent a board and create a journey of your own. Countless back country paddle boarding opportunities, hidden turquoise waterways, and islands that only Stand Up Paddle Boards can access.
Deep Sea, Bottom and Bone Fishing — On off-diving days, fish for Marlin, Sailfish, Barracuda, Wahoo, Tuna and Bonefish for a full or half day. Fishing licenses are extra, and must be obtained by the fisherman when on-island. There are many experienced fishing companies and independent fishermen who will take you out. We recommend Silver Deep especially for bone fishing. For more information e-mail silver deep at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayaking — Several reputable companies offer guided Kayak excursions and kayak rentals. Kayaking on Providenciales can generally be broken into two areas: flat water cruising in Grace Bay and off the south coast, and mangroves and wetlands eco-tours. Visit the iguana sanctuary, explore mangrove channels and view marine and bird-life.
Land Based Activities
Horseback Riding – Providenciales has two small riding stables, each offering rides along the beautiful beaches of Provo. Located on the southeast side of the island, Provo Ponies is the island’s oldest stable and offers both group and private rides. Caicos Corral is located near Turtle Cove and offers private excursions for up to four guests.
Shop! Though not known as a shopping mecca, Provo offers some excellent buys. Boutiques are to be found island-wide with the most concentrated in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales (Provo) at Caicos Café Plaza, La Petite Place, Ports of Call, Regent Village and The Saltmills – and don’t forget to save some time to shop at Dive Provo! Our retail location is widely stocked with not only must haves for diving and snorkeling but a large selection of T-shirts, hats and other souvenirs.
Semi-Submarine — For non-swimmers the semi-submarine offers a great way to view the reef. You sit 5ft beneath the waves and watch the undersea world unfold before your eyes while staying completely dry. This is a great excursion for all the family, young children to grandma.
Visit the Caicos Conch Farm – The World’s Only Sea Farm that raises Caribbean Queen conchs from veliger to adult. Learn about the process, see conch pearls and even purchase fresh conch for a fabulous conch salad. Conch is quickly becoming a rising star food with top chefs from the USA and round the World choosing to use Turks and Caicos Conch Farmed products in their new dishes.
Spas — There are numerous Spa services on the island with many resorts offering their own on-property spa. Conveniently located in Grace Bay are Spa Tropique and Maxim’s European Hair and Beauty salon.
Provo Golf Club — A Karl Litten Masterpiece- Providenciales not only boasts some of the world’s most spectacular beaches, but is home to one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. Provo Golf Club is reminiscent of “Desert Style” course design with target areas and waste bunkers. It is a magnificent blend of lush greens and fairways and Provo’s rugged limestone outcroppings. The twelve acres of inland lakes and marsh areas are home to the many species of birds. It is common to see many herons and pink flamingos in the marsh areas as well as six different species of ducks. Litten has designed the course in a way that offers a larger green area if the approach shot is a long one while the shorter approaches will be to smaller greens tucked behind bunkers or mounds. The golf course is a great test for golfers of any caliber. The clubhouse offers an ideal place to relax, dine, or cool off with a tropical drink, while a fully-equipped pro shop caters to the needs of every golfer. Residential lots and townhouses are available for those interested in a home or vacation home in the Turks & Caicos.
Explore! Some of the hotels have bicycles for guests use at no charge. Check with your hotel front desk.
Vehicle Rental — Cars and scooters are for rent with 4WD being a favorite. Drive on the left side of the road. A valid driver’s license in necessary. Grace Bay Car Rentals is the largest independently owned car rental company on the island with the most affordable rates. Located in the heart of Grace Bay a couple of minutes from the Dive Provo shop. Avis and Hertz are also located close to Dive Provo, along with Tropical Auto Rental and Provo Rent a Car.
Beachcombing — A deserted island might be the ultimate place for beachcombing, but Provo has an ample share of beaches around its perimeter. The 14 mile shoreline of Grace Bay is a feast for those whose bare feet hunger for a long or short walk in the off white sand or shallow water where sand meets the bay. Much of the close-in water is a clear emerald green over a rippled sand bottom.
A walker finds a smorgasbord of sights that vary with the time of day. Joggers in the morning, volleyball nets a little later, sun worshipers of all sizes, shapes and gender, children with colorful plastic buckets and shovels, windsurfers preparing boards and sails for their quick voyages, boats of divers leaving docks and you-name-it. The fortunate visitor leaves the back door of their hotel room and finds the beach waiting just steps away.