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 here.