Explore: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

Turks & Caicos

Grace Bay Beach

Providenciales is the main island of TCI (Turks & Caicos Islands). It's where you fly in and out of, where most people stay when they come visit, and is the most populated of the islands. Provo is actually part of the Caicos Islands, while other islands like Grand Turk and Salt Cay make up the Turks Islands.

I flew into Provo a day earlier than my friend (and a day earlier than our AirBnb was ready) so I picked a random hotel in the Grace Bay area that would allow me to walk around. Grace Bay has tons of shops and restaurants but most importantly it's the home of Grace Bay Beach. After grabbing a green juice from Okeanos, I parked my beach towel in a prime location and worked on absorbing some much-needed Vitamin D.

Grace Bay Beach

After a day full of sun I walked back, covered in sand, to hunt down some food. Within walking distance of where I was staying was an Italian restaurant named Lupo that caught my eye. Did I want to eat Italian food while on a tropical getaway? Not particularly. I felt like it was calling to me though, so I walked in and grabbed a seat at the bar. I'm so glad that I did because it was easily some of the best Italian I have had in a while. After chatting with a couple of people at the restaurant and the bartender, I made my way over to Danny Buoy's, a local bar that everyone hangs out at. 

After a delicious coffee and a hummus snack for later from Lemon2Go, I finally made my way to the AirBnb, which was on the other side of the island. The area was much more residential, which I appreciated since downtown Provo can feel a little too tourist-y at times.

Wheeland Settlement

Allison joined me and we met our host, who was nothing short of amazing. She gave us a quick rundown of where to go, what to see, and what not to see. And then we of course asked where the nearest beach was, and discovered that there's a beach a couple blocks away that no one goes to because it's only locals that live nearby. So of course we went there and sure enough, it was completely empty. This would be a place that we re-visited many more times throughout the rest of our trip.

Grace Bay Club

 Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar at the Grace Bay Club

Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar at the Grace Bay Club

There are only so many sunsets in one Turks & Caicos vacation, so if you're looking to watch the sun go down in a picturesque setting every night it's best to plan out where you want to go. The Infiniti Bar at the Grace Bay Club is beautiful resort with an infinity pool and bar that has stunning views.

 Our AirBnb

Our AirBnb

Blue Hills Beach

Can I move here?

Wheeland Settlement

Kalooki's

We had lunch at Kalooki's one day and it was so amazing to just sit by the water and eat the freshest food. It also doesn't hurt that they have a drink special that goes down a little too easy -- oops.

 Blue Hills Beach

Blue Hills Beach

 AirBnb backyard

AirBnb backyard

Amanyara

For the ultimate luxury experience, head West to the Amanyara resort. You'll need to make a reservation, as security will be ready with your name at the front gate when you arrive. The sprawling property plays host to villas that have a starting rate of $1,800/night. We settled for drinks and bites at the restaurant so that we could watch the sunset. And it did not disappoint.

 Amanyara

Amanyara

 Sunset at the Amanyara

Sunset at the Amanyara

 Fresh coconut at the weekly Fish Fry

Fresh coconut at the weekly Fish Fry

On our last day we went to the weekly island Fish Fry that everyone attends. Almost all the restaurants attend with a little booth and everyone eats and drinks until it's time to head to the after party. And then the after after party. And then the after after after...you know the drill.

 Wheeland Settlement

Wheeland Settlement

 Sunrise Departure

Sunrise Departure

Next stop, Grand Turk Island.

Shop my packing list for this trip here (and yes, it's an island so why pack more?):