On the southern tip of the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands tend to be off the radar. With many yachts setting sail for other breezy Caribbean destinations, this honeymoon sweetheart remains sparsely populated. A postcard vision of blue and white lives up to expectation, with sandy cays that stretch on for over two hundred miles, offering divine snorkeling amid marine rich reefs. Back on land and lovers remain entwined, gazing into each others’ eyes over flickering candlelight from five-star suppers at the beach. Even for those who have worn well-trodden paths across Bahamian lands, setting sail for the Turks and Caicos is sure to ignite your interest in the Caribbean once more…
What to See
Providenciales (AKA Provo) is the jumping off spot for exploring the turquoise waters. The main island is sweet and simple, with low sling five-star resorts lining the exotic beach front, and not a chain store in sight. Grace Bay in Provo would win an Oscar in the category of most beautiful beaches in the world – biscuit baked sands and crushed sugar pink coral tempts even the most novice photographer to crave the chance to catch the moment.
Set sail for West Caicos, where some of the very best dive sites in the world are waiting. From Elephant Ear Canyon and the Anchor, this side of the island is sublime for drifting down into the deep and perusing rainbow coral and exotic shoals. Turks and Caicos boasts the third largest coral reef in the world after the Great Barrier and Belize, and over on Mayaguana Island you will find eagle ray studded ledges that drop down suddenly a thousand feet into seemingly the center of the earth.
Adrenaline junkies will adore a day or two around the shores of Long Island. Close to the eerily named Deadman’s Cay, the island is famed for Deans Blue Hole. The deepest blue hole in the world offers a bucket list adventure, dive down from the green clad cliffs or simply brace yourself for a swim, knowing that the depths plunge a good two hundred meters into the abyss.
Where to Dine
Dining in a Bahamian paradise is very much the rum and conch barefoot beach experience you have grown to expect. For silver starred suppers sometimes, the aft deck of your own luxury yacht is best, but for those keen to explore then the Turks and Caicos offers some secret little gems.
Da Conch Bar and Rum Shack is a firm favorite on pretty Povo. Right on the cusp of calm Grace Bay you will find conch splashed with citrus flavors, fried and cracked conch, and spiced conch curry. Locally brewed beers, muddled rum cocktails and live music make it a fun and breezy night out.
Also close to Grace’s you will find Hemmingway’s, part of the Sands hotel, and a neat little choice for those seeking a light lunch ashore in-between all that splashing in the champagne surf. For those who happen to head out to the Amanyara to use the spa, you should certainly stay for dinner, especially if you want to enjoy yellowtail tartare and lobster salad with the best sunset views in the whole of Turks and Caicos.
Where to Play
Golf lovers get ready to breathe a sigh of relief; yes, the island of Povo has a fairway to play. The Povo Golf Club has jutting limestone, lush palm trees, and 18 holes with year-round sun ensure this is a standout spot for practicing your handicap.
If golf isn’t your thing, then as mentioned the Amanyara Spa offers sublime sun salutation treatments that call on the essences of rose crystal, sandalwood, aloe and local coconut oil to refresh and revive. Yoga and Pilates classes, float water experiences, and massages around the tranquil pond are the perfect remedy for soothing dive-tired muscles.