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Providenciales is the most tourist-focused of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a chain of approximately 40 islands (of which 10 are inhabited) located 575 miles southeast of Miami – south of the Bahamas and north of the island of Hispaniola (the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
Provo,’ as it is commonly known, is a combination of tourist-focused resorts, shopping areas, restaurants and dive operators and a local population who don't have much to do with the tourists.

Without a downtown or a cruise port, the tourist area is centered on a seven-mile stretch of pristine white beach named Grace Bay. A reef located about a half mile offshore blocks the waves and any sea debris that could befoul the sugar sand.

I came to Provo with my wife Jenn, and our friends Reg and Carolyn and after a couple days of getting acclimated (i.e. sitting on the beach, drinking fruity frozen drinks and eating resort food) we decide to explore beyond our 100 yards of resort approved beach.


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In the Caribbean, but especially from the Turks and Caicos up to the Florida Keys and over to the Bahamas where expansive shallow water flats spread from each island, conch is king. Over the first few days of the trip we ate conch with just about every meal, but usually as an appetizer to the main fish entrée.

The third night, however, that changed. Van (a taxi driver and pastor) picked us up and we headed west on the Leeward Highway through multiple roundabouts to a road that quickly gave up being paved.

The water shows between the palm trees, but there are no resorts in sight. The buildings scattered along the road are the small brightly colored homes and local bar/restaurants that make up much of the Caribbean. READ MORE


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