One of the best ways to experience the Turks and Caicos Islands is by boat. There’s nothing quite like being on board a yacht or sailboat with the wind billowing through your hair, while taking in the gorgeous turquoise water all around you. Not only that, a boat can be a very practical way to get around. Many of TCI’s most pristine, hidden beaches, remote coves and caves, and little beach bars are only reachable by boat.
If you’re a serious boating enthusiast, you may just have your own vessel and will be bringing it with you to Turks and Caicos. On the other hand, if you don’t have your own boat, you might simply rent one for a daytrip or excursion to a nearby island or cay. If so, there are several rental and water tour companies in Turks and Caicos where you can choose from a variety of personal watercraft to rent on a short-term basis.
Either way, you will need to find somewhere to dock your boat when it’s not in use. For many people, their best bet is to purchase a home or rent lodging with a dock or boat slip. This makes it very convenient when you want to spend an afternoon or a day out on the water. At the end of the day, you just have to cruise back to your property, pull your boat into your dock slip, and walk a few short steps right into your home. With this in mind, we have several current listings that offer a variety of docking options:
The Windermere is an absolutely exquisite modern-style villa with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Located in the first fully-gated community in Providenciales, it is adjacent to the world-famous Grace Bay Beach. Facing a canal, the property includes a 120-foot custom-built, private dock slip. There’s also direct access to the beautiful Blue Haven Marina and Resort.
The Yacht Club Penthouse and Yacht Club Townhouse are both located in The Yacht Club, one of the finest marina condo resorts in Providenciales. Each of these properties overlook the beautiful Turtle Cove area on the west end of Grace Bay Beach. You’ll have your own personal dock slip and will be just a short walk to Turtle Cove Marina.
Blue Haven Condo is a second-floor luxury resort condominium in the Blue Haven Resort—one of TCI’s newest luxury resorts and home to Turks and Caicos’ first mega yacht marina. There’s also an on-site water sports marina that offers snorkeling, diving, offshore fishing, beach charters, private boat and yacht charters, and other water activities.
The above three venues are all excellent choices if you are looking for housing for yourself as well as a place to dock or store your yacht, sailboat or other water vessel. However, if you already own property in Turks and Caicos, or are simply planning a daytrip by boat to TCI, consider the following marinas to house your vessel:
Mentioned above, Blue Haven Marina is a full-service, luxury marina located in the highly scenic Leeward region on the northeast coast of Providenciales. The marina has 100 boat slips with 45 mega-yacht berths which can house mega- and super-yachts up to 220 feet (67 meters) in length, with a 10-foot draft. Unlike some of the smaller marinas in the Caribbean, the Blue Haven Marina can also take catamarans, as there are no beam restrictions.
This extensive complex is positioned within the Blue Haven Resort, and marina guests have full access to the resort’s amenities. This includes hotel lodging, a private beach, an infinity-edge swimming pool, concierge and laundry services, a business center, a gymnasium and spa, and several restaurants and bars. A full-service fuel station is on-site, along with water and power utilities, and customs and immigration services.
Positioned on a protected harbor along Provo’s northern shoreline, Turtle Cove Marina is the island’s oldest and largest marina. It is Provo’s center of activity and an official port-of-entry. A total of 100 boat slips are available, 65 of which are deep water slips, which can be rented on either a short- or long-term basis.
In addition to dockage and vessel storage services, Turtle Cove Marina offers a wide range of other amenities and services. On-site are three world-class hotels, five restaurants, a casino, a bar at the dock, diving and water sport operators, a medical clinic, land vehicle rentals (scooters, bikes and cars), limo services, and a store that sells fishing supplies and tackle. A boat ramp for trailer launching of vessels is also available, plus plenty of trailer parking is located in the vicinity.
Located on Provo’s southeastern shoreline, Caicos Marina is an official port-of-entry offering a full range of yacht and boatyard services including dockage, long and short-term boat storage, mooring, and electrical, mechanical, fiberglass and rigging repair. Indoor storage is available for vessels up to 35 feet in length. Haul-out is available for yachts and ships weighing up to 83 metric tons.
If a repair or maintenance services are needed, Caicos Marina has certified engine and electronics technicians on staff who are able to provide engine and hull repair, painting, cleaning, restoration and other services. For do-it-yourselfers, Caicos Marina has a store where engine parts and basic marine supplies can be purchased, and a facility where old batteries, petroleum products and rubbish can be disposed of.
Situated at the south central coastline of Providenciales in the Turtle Tail region, South Side Marina is small and quiet, while still providing all of the standard boatyard services that the larger marinas do. In addition to vessel storage, mooring and dockage, South Side Marina offers fuel, electricity, water, ice and self-service laundry services to boaters. As is true with Provo’s larger marinas, South Side Marina is an official port-of-entry. The marina is also home to Bob’s Bar, a popular “old time” Turks and Caicos pub, which is a favorite venue for both locals and tourists alike. Many boaters actually prefer South Side Marina over Provo’s larger marinas because its docking and service fees tend to be considerably lower.
You can’t go wrong with any of the options noted above. Whether you have a small, medium or large yacht, sailboat or cabin cruiser, Turks and Caicos has a marina to accommodate your needs!
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