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“Pictures from Turks and Caicos” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Providenciales

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Park City, UT
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13 reviews
106 helpful votes
“Pictures from Turks and Caicos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2006

Here are some pictures we took while vacationing on Turks and Caicos. Enjoy!

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“Turks and Caicos Treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2004

The Turks & Caicos island of Providenciales is our favorite destination. The beautiful beaches, picture-perfect scenery, the fantastic turquoise water & the friendly people puts this island on a superior status. We have connected with a company called Silver Deep for our tours. Paola Calabria Dean has always greeted us with a smile. We found her very friendly, cooperative & eager to please Silver Deep guests. Paola very graciously saw to it that we enjoyed the ultimate Turks & Caicos adventures. Captain Arthur Dean & all the Silver Deep captains are experienced, entertaining & enthusiastic about sharing information about the Turks & Caicos Islands. Please check the Silverdeep.com web site. If you do not go with Silver Deep while visiting Providenciales; then you will have missed the true Turks & Caicos experience.

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Boston
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4 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Beware of Thimble Jellyfish!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2004

We just returned from another (8th year) family trip to Provodenciales.
Needless to say, we love this island. BUT this year ( around Feb.
16th-19th)for the first time we had a run in with THIMBLE JELLYFISH. We had never heard of them and did not hear or see anything mentioned anywhere about them. When we boarded our return flight home, I recognized a woman who had been on the same flight going to Provo. I asked her if she might have any Hydrocortosone cream or Calydryl. Much to my surprise she mentioned that she was covered in bites as well. I wasn't sure if I had chicken pox, mosquito bites or perhaps even shingles. Several other passengers overheard us talking about the bites and they too had been stung. Apparently you can't see them (they look like ground pepper) or feel them until later. They get trapped in your bathing suit---My 10 year old daughter and I both counted well over 300 bites each. It's been a almost a week since we returned--the first few days/nights were spent covered in Benadryl cream as well as we taking it internally. We still itch, but we are much better. I tried to get information from the internet---there is not alot written. I emailed a Doctor on Provo, who kindly responed and said that these nasty jellyfish came early this year, they usually appear sometime in May. Be forwarned!

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Payson, Arizona
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127 reviews
156 helpful votes
“Great water, perfect weather - for a price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2004

As avid divers, we were looking forward to a great experience in the Turks and Caicos-and that's what we got! If you go to Providenciales, the island most populated and flown into by international flights, don't be alarmed by how flat and unimpressive it looks. It's made of limestone so there's white dust everywhere (the belongers call it "frost"). I have been to 27 or 28 Caribbean islands so far and this one is certainly the most expensive. The islanders point out that they do not export anything so all things, including foods, must be imported - so know ahead of time that the prices are high. We stayed at Ocean Club West right on Grace Bay. It was a beautiful property with great views and many conveniences. It is close to shopping and restaurants if you don't have a car. Everyone should rent a car for at least a day and go out to Northwest Point - a secluded beach with tiki huts. Also there are some great bargains at restaurants on certain days of the week that require a drive to get to them. One of these is the Wednesday night barbque at the Tiki Hut located in Turtle Cove. For only $10 (a real bargain for this island) my plate was full of ribs, chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad and bread. Turtle Cove is a really nice area with a marina and several restaurants. Being from Arizona, we couldn't go a week without Mexican food so we headed to Hey Jose's. On Friday they have half-price Margaritas. Try the snakebite burrito but skip the rice. The highlight of the vacation by far was the water!
That's why people should go to the T&C. With polarized sunglasses on, I could see at least 6 different colors of water. The sea was so clear and the reefs were so healthy that the diving made the entire trip worthwhile. We went with Caicos Adventures. Fifi has the best boat and crew on the island. He also dives the best sites which are more towards West Caicos and French Cay. The visibility was almost 100 feet at times. We saw nurse and reef sharks, turtles, spotted eagle rays, crabs, lobsters, big groupers, and dolphins. Fifi feeds you lunch on board. They even accomodate special requests-we renewed our vows underwater for our 10th anniversary! This trip was well worth it. Keep in mind that Providenciales is still trying to get its act together.
The tourism infrastructure has not kept pace with the demand. There is a lot of building and road repair going on. It will be a different looking island in five years - that could be good and bad. They really gear their developments to the wealthy so that would leave "average joe's" like me priced out of the market. Go now before you can't afford it. If you are a water baby, you won't be sorry!

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Cuthbert, GA
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24 reviews
10 helpful votes
“10 Days in Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2003

We rented a private villa on the south side of the island on Sapodilla Bay, which backs up to Chalk Sound a large Nature Preserve on the island. The water was absolutely breathtaking, a luminous turqouise shade. The water on the bay was still and calm, the shallows sloping out more than 100 yds. and the water is still not over your head. Must see snorkeling at the Bight Reef, Smiths Reef, and if you are brave, rent a 4WD and venture out to Malcom's Road Beach to see the abandoned Tiki Huts and snorkel with miles of beach to yourself.(We did!) The weather was flawless (we were there in mid-June) but hot (mid-upper 90's during day); there was a continuous tradewind blowing to keep you cool, not alot of bugs either. The food is a bit pricey but good; our favorite restaurants were Hemingway's at The Sands resort and the Tiki Hut at Turtle Cove Marina. The roads are a bit rough but they are working on them; driving on the left hand side gets a bit squirley, several "roundabouts" (be sure to look right before turning or merging.
You must go to "Bugaloo's" conch shack for choch fritters or conch salad and pick up a cheap $3 choch shell(much cheaper than at the "Chonch Farm"-$15) Go see the Iguana's at "Water Cay", although we found out as of June 1 you must purchase a ticket on Provo before going out to the island, they don't want the cash$$ disappearing. A must for any diver or snorkeler, we are already planning our next VISIT!!!!!

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