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Providenciales, also Provo for short, is the most developed island of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the largest by population. It is also the most popular island, with lots of great beaches, resorts and activities including snorkelling. The island, and in particular Grace Bay Beach, has been voted the best beach destination in the world in 2011.
Grace Bay Beach has been voted one of the best and most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and even in on Earth! The beach stretches about 20 kilometres where you will find white sandy beaches which are absolutely stunning. Snorkeling Grace Bay is fabulous because of its crystal-clear waters and beautiful reef. The sunsets are one of a kind as well and although it is by far the most popular beach on the Turks and Caicos Islands, it's at least less developed than for example many of the Bahamas islands.
Chalk Sound National Park is a fantastic and huntingly beautiful part of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is the place to come if turquoise is your favorite colour. Because this is the exact colour of the waters of this 5 kilometers wide bay, which holds a vast number of green and lush islands and and mushroom-like tiny islets. A peninsula with some fantastic beaches only adds to the beauty. A bit of culture is even available at Sapodilla Bay where you can find carvings on rocks that name shipwrecked sailors dating back to 1844.
Turtle Cove is located along a harbor with the same name. It is a very nice grill bar where you can have pleasure the whole night eating, drinking, dancing and, if you like it, do some karaoke. There is a live reggae band every Friday night and for a night out is is probably one of the better places on the islands.
This food festival celebrates the islands’ most famous delicacy, the conch. The conch shell is also a historical icon for Turks and Caicos and one of its few exports. The main events include the sampling of delicious seafood dishes made with conch, and a traditional conch blowing competition among the local fishermen. It is held on the last weekend of November on the island of Providenciales.
Providenciales has a very pleasant and tropical climate with generally warm and humid weather. The seabreeze makes things relatively mild though and water is never far away. Temperatures generally average around 30 °C during the day yearround and 23 °C at night. December to May is the dry season, where July to October is the rainy season, but this generally means some showers at the end of the day instead of days of rain on end. Hurricanes are possible though from August to October.
Air Turks and Caicos is the main airline of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Main destinations include Kingston, Nassau, Puerto Plata and Santiago de los Caballeros and. Its base is at Providenciales International Airport (PLS). From there British Airways has flights to and from London and Nassau as well, while other destinations include Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa and Montreal, and several cities in the United States (Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Newark, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas).
TCI Ferry Service is a ferry service between Walkin Marina Leeward on Providenciales and Sandy Point Marina on North Caicos. with 4 departures each day in both directions. There are 5 daily departures in both directions from Monday to Saturday and 3 on Sundays and holidays. It's US$25 for a single trip and US$40 for a same day return ticket. Check current timetables online. There are also scheduled ferry services between Providenciales and Cockburn Harbour, South Caicos.
Rental cars are available from several local companies. Many roads are not sealed. Driving is on the left and you will need a local temporary driving permit as well. You need to pay mandatory insurance and government tax as well.
There aren't any public bus services on Providenciales. Illegal 'jitney' operators are present (either small minivans or sedans), but these should be avoided as they are usually not licenced or insured.
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