What is Provo?

Provo is the local name for the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, Providenciales is the second island in the Turks and Caicos island chain after West Caicos. Provo has the largest population of all the islands and is third largest in area (38 square miles).

Providenciales is the most tourist-oriented island in Turks and Caicos. Since the opening of Club Med in 1984, Provo has experienced a development boom and is now home to many resorts, marinas, hotels, world-class restaurants, luxury condos and estates and even an 18-hole golf course.

Providenciales is home to the world-famous Grace Bay Beach which has been consistently voted one of the world’s best beaches. Many resorts like Gansevoort are located on or near Grace Bay Beach, and the island is surrounded by world-class restaurants and shopping.

The island is surrounded by many uninhabited cays that can easily be reached by boat and are excellent for exploring. In addition to the pristine white sandy beaches, Provo offers many water sports and activities. Surrounded by coral reefs that are close to shore, Provo has incredible diving areas to see local and exotic marine life. The islands are also close to a migration route for humpback whales, making it easier to spot these majestic creatures. You might even see Turks and Caicos’ own mascot, JoJo the Dolphin!

Providenciales International Airport (PLS) services the island of Provo and other surrounding islands. The airport accepts private and commercial international and domestic flights. There is currently only one terminal for all flights. The airport is located almost center in the island about half a mile from Downtown.

Provo is divided into areas and districts, similar to the neighborhoods in New York City. The most popular include Grace Bay (where the majority of development and tourist destinations are), The Bight and Turtle Cove (an original development area). Discover more about these districts.

Great Dining in Providenciales

Providenciales is home to world-class restaurants, bakeries and bars offering local and international cuisines. Swim up to a bar while enjoying the warm Caribbean waters, catch a game on the big screen, indulge in some sweet treats or enjoy a romantic candlelit meal at these incredible restaurants in Providenciales.

Coco Bistro is a “must visit” in a truly unique setting.Serving creative and fresh Caribbean cuisine under coconut palms, Coco Bistro is located in the largest palm grove in Provo in the heart of Grace Bay. The restaurant is considered one of the best experiences in all of Turks and Caicos and is a consistent Trip Advisor award winner. Closed on Mondays, Coco Bistro is open for dinner year-round from 5:30-10 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.Looking for a sweet treat? Visit Caicos Bakery. This European-style bakery offers sweet confections baked fresh daily including croissants, Danishes, muffins, cakes, eclairs and savory bites including baguettes and focaccia. Offering takeaway and delivery, Caicos Bakery serves coffee, breakfast and lunch with quaint outdoor seating.For an intimate, romantic and quiet dinner, visit Baci Ristorante in Turtle Cove. On the west end of Grace Bay Beach, this restaurant is located on the water, offering outdoor dockside terrace dining. Serving traditional Italian dishes, the menu also features a selection of fresh-caught fish. Reservations are recommended.

With a fun and laid-back island vibe, Tiki Hut is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and sip a tall glass of the locally brewed Turks Head Amber Beer. Offering a variety of dishes from BBQ ribs to burgers to the local delicacy conch. One of the first restaurants to open in the late 1970s here on Provo, Tiki Hut has remained a relaxed and fun dining destination for nearly 40 years!

When in Provo, you cannot miss Da Conch Shack! Voted one of the world’s best beach restaurants, Da Conch Shack is an open-air landmark in Provo, serving fresh seafood caught by local fisherman. Perfect for families, large groups and lounging, Da Conch Shack also hosts a weekly beach party with live music every Wednesday.

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