More commonly known as "Provo", the most developed island in Turks and Caicos covers an area of 38mi/61km.Provo is a diver's and water lover's heaven. Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, the most spectacular of which is the12mi/19km stretch located at Grace Bay and protected by a healthy barrier reef.Provo offers modern conveniences, including hotels, a Golf Club, and full service grocery store. Downtown you will find retail shops, business offices and banks and a number of restaurants.The population on Provo includes the islands' largest non-native population. The growing population is mainly due to the completion of the airport in 1984.
Nine mi/14.4km of nature trails, immaculate beaches with excellent snorkeling are some of the attractions on this cay dominated by the Meridian Club.A beach on the south-west corner is rated one of the most beautiful in the world and ruins of Lucayan settlement can be found with the help of a guide.Tropical birds and Iguanas inhabit most of the island now although Pine Cay was also an excellent hideout for pirates. There are no phones, televisions or automobiles on Pine Cay.
Fort George's Cay
Off the North coast of Pine Cay is Fort George Cay, a national park with ruins of a British Fort and ruins of pre-Columbian settlement that can be found with the help of a guide.
Little Water Cay - Rock Iguana Nature Trail
The tiny island of Little Water Cay is home to about 2000 rare and endangered rock iguanas. The National Trust has developed two boardwalk trails which offer the visitor the opportunity to see these endemic lizards, as well as ospreys and other birds, while protecting both the animals and their delicate habitat.
At 12 mi/19.2km Grace Bay, visitors experience beautiful beaches plus a long coral reef, rich in aquatic life. Grace Bay Beach is the focal point for tourism, and the location of the Princess Alexandra Marine Park, and the playground of "JoJo" the famous bottlenose dolphin.
Princess Alexandra Marine Park
Princess Alexandra Marine Park is a protected area and a popular snorkeling spot.
JoJo the Dolphin
One of the few dolphins around the world that voluntarily interacts with humans in his natural habitat, JoJo is a unique Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin that has been living and playing in the shallow waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands since 1980.The friendly dolphin has become a powerful symbol for nature conservation. Much loved by the residents, the government has proclaimed JoJo a National Treasure, with a warden appointed to protect him.
Caicos Conch Farm and Island Sea Center
The Caicos Conch Farm and Island Sea Center offers a look at how Caribbean Queen conches are raised from veliger to adult plus a show with two trained and very friendly conches.
Chalk Sound National Park
Chalk Sound is a landlocked lagoon with limestone deposits. Only a thin stretch of land separates the sound from the ocean. The water is known for its beautiful turquoise color and lined with beaches. The area is highly developed with homes.
Cheshire Hall is one of the key historic attractions on the island of Providenciales. The 200 year old ruins of this cotton plantation offer spectacular views over Provo.
Five Cays Settlement, Turks and Caicos Islands
Five Cays Settlement, situated in a beautiful bay on the south coast with a small harbor, is the chief settlement of Providenciales. Off shore are Five Cays recently designated as a National Park.
Malcolm's Road Beach
Provo Golf Club
The Bight Settlements
One the oldest settlements on the island, the little fishing village known as Bight Settlements is built around fresh water supplies and gives the sense of a real Caribbean village.
Ayurveda Spa at Coral Gardens
Ayurveda Spa at Coral Gardens is a day spa offering a full range of massage and body treatments.
Blue Hills Settlements
Blue Hills Settlement, one of Provo's oldest, is situated on Reef Harbor with a marvelous submarine garden.
Ports of Call
Ports of Call is the main shopping complex for Provo. Visitors will also find many dining options here.
This naturally formed massive limestone hole is a highlight of Providenciales. People can be lowered down a rope where 80ft/24m down there is a swimming hole.
Sapodilla Bay offers good protection for yachts.
Sapodilla Hill Rock Carvings
Stones engraved by shipwrecked sailors can be found on the hilltop overlooking Sapodilla Bay.
Turtle Cove offers a good range of boutiques in Provo.