Located just 575 miles ( 925 kilometers) the Turks and Caicos is a tropical Atlantic archipelago southeast of Miami Florida. A Country that’s has the third largest Coral Barrier Reef, is second place in the worlds best beaches, and has the world’s only Conch Farm; with 350 sunny days the Turks and Caicos has a lot to offer. On the Island of Providenciales (Provo) you can find A city full of breath takings views, culture, art and delicious food. Provo is the largest city of all the islands with a population of 23,769 people; not a cheap city I might add. That’s why you can find a list here with 9 things you can do in Provo that are absolutely free! This way you can spend the rest of your money trying all the different conch dishes, because other than the beaches you should definitely come here just for the food. Raise your hands if you’re with me 😉
Grace Bay Strip
Are you a fan of window shopping or people watching? With all the coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants lining the strips it’s a great way to spend time walking along seeing all the hand-made crafts, art galleries and people from all around the world. If it gets too hot no worries the beach is near by and if you don’t want to be around the hustle and bustle of tourist being around but still want to have a nice stroll on the strip; Sunday is the perfect day as its nice and quiet.
Ports of Call
Ports of Call is in the heart of the Grace Bay tourism district. Complete with a touch of pirate-themed scenery, and is also home to one of the most-photographed art in the country; the Turks and Caicos map mural is on the wall of the central building in Ports of Call. This beautiful artwork was created by local artist Pamela Leach in 1996, it beautifully depicts the signature ocean shades of turquoise and blue in the Turks and Caicos.
Pro Tip: When photographing the map, avoid shadows by visiting either in the morning or later in the afternoon.
As shown in my Things to do In Turks and Caicos Series Smith’s Reef was number one on my list and definitely worth checking out. Smith’s Reef is a snorkeling location near Turtle Cove Marina on the north coast of Provo, and is roughly about 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) from Grace Bay. There are 3 beach access North, Central and East Access The outer reefs are the best easily accessible beach snorkeling site on the island. There are several reefs in the area, with sites suitable for beginner and experienced snorkelers alike.
OK so you can’t come to the Turks and Caicos and not go to the beach, that would just be a total waste, and lucky for us it’s free. Grace Bay is the most popular beach in the Turks and Caicos but I was always a fan of quiet more secluded beaches. There are tons of less so touristy beaches; blog on the best quiet beaches will be coming soon.
Photo By: Flash Parker
Fish Fry Festival
Fish Fry is an event that happens every Thursday night at the Bight Alexandria Park (Kids Park) from 6 pm until about 9 pm. Here you can listen to live music, participate in the games and interact with locals and tourist alike. Getting into the festival event is free but the food vendors and local artist and jewelry shops aren’t.
The Hole is a naturally formed limestone sinkhole in Long Bay on Sea-sage Hill Road. The Hole is roughly 50 feet wide (15m), and a depth of about 60 feet (18m) to brackish water below. The depth continues below the water surface for around 25 feet (8m). The Hole is simply a fascinating geological site and was created by what is called the Karst Process: the slow action of slightly acidic rain water dissolving the soft limestone.
Blue Haven Marina
Blue Haven Marina is located on the North East side of the island and home to many sail boats and yachts alike on a hot summer day or year round as we have 350 sunny days in a year. It is nice to come here and just relax under the gazebos and enjoy the fresh island breeze, because the marina is a channel away from the mangroves there is always a chance to see nurse sharks, turtles and many types of fishes here.
Every year in the last weekend of November, Provo hosts the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival, a celebration of the islands’ national symbol and No. 1 export; a marine snail that for years has played an important role in nations cuisine. At this event local restaurants served up their best conch dishes in every form imaginable in Blue Hills, one of the oldest settlements on Provo. The event is free but to try the many dish samples and drinks you can pay for a wrist band of $25 to try unlimited dishes.
Blue Hills is the Oldest settlement in Provo, here you can take a nice long drive along the coastline seeing all the beauty of the Blue Hills Lagoon. From colorful buildings, painted coconut trees and hand crafted sloop boats this place can get you real Instagram worthy photos. Which will be leading me to my next topic 10 Instagram locations in Providenciales so stay tune.
With these 9 tips you can keep your trip to Providenciales very budget friendly. In such an expensive country who would have thought there was so much to do for free. Enjoy your vacation friends 🙂 be sure to check out my channel LoveFari_Di for more fun ideas.
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