If you’re planning a trip to the Turks and Caicos, you’re in for a treat. Unless you’re visiting on a cruise ship, you’ll most likely be staying on Providenciales (Provo), which is the chain’s most visited island. If you have visions of sugar white sand, dazzling turquoise water, and plenty of shade umbrellas, you’re going to LOVE Turks and Caicos. The good news is that Provo is home to quite a few magnificent beach resorts, hotels, villas, and vacation homes.
The bad news is it can be pretty overwhelming trying to sort through all the options and pick the best one for your trip. Turks and Caicos has also gotten a reputation for being super expensive and while it’s definitely not a cheap island, you can find a wide range of accommodation options to fit any taste and budget. To take some of the guess work out of it, here’s a guide to where to stay on Provo including which part of the island you’ll like best and my picks for the best places to stay.
Lay of the Land
Grace Bay: If you know anything about Provo, you’ve heard of Grace Bay. And for good reason. Grace Bay is the most beautiful beach in the Turks and Caicos and the bug of tourism on Provo. This stunning 12 mile beach on the north shore of Provo seems to be home to about 90% of the shopping, dining, and accommodation options on the island. It’s highly likely that this is where you’ll end up staying. It’s the only area of the island where you can easily walk to shops and restaurants from where you’re staying so it’s also possible to get away without renting a car if you’re staying here.
Leeward: This northeast portion of the island is largely residential so it’s much more quiet and low key than nearby Grace Bay but it has some perfectly lovely beaches.
Chalk Sound: Located on the southwest side of the island, Chalk Sound is a stunningly beautiful place to stay. In addition to Chalk Sound national park, Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay are also nearby and are some of the island’s best beaches. This area has the majority of the island’s rental villas but it’s also quite a ways away from all of the amenities of Grace Bay.
Long Bay: This is probably Provo’s second most famous beach and a great place to stay if you’re looking for a world-class beach with a little more quiet and seclusion than Grace Bay. It’s world known for kite boarding and this is also where Provo Ponies does their rides, but otherwise you won’t find any shops or restaurants in the area.
Where to Stay in Turks and Caicos
So now that you know the layout of the island and where everything is, here are my picks on where to stay:
All Inclusive Resorts
If an all-inclusive is your style, Provo has a couple of options. For families, Beaches takes the cake. It’s opulent and full of more fun than you can imagine. It’d be easy to spend a whole week here and never leave. Even though it feels a little dated, Club Med is still the go to spot on the island for singles searching for an all-inclusive experience.
Luxury Beach Resorts
If you’re looking for a little luxury, Turks and Caicos can’t be beat. The Gansevoort has a seriously swanky vibe that’s “Manhattan chic” meets the tropics. For something a little more “old world,” the Venetian offers everything you’d expect from a luxury beach resort with the option to book a 3 bedroom/3 bathroom “condo” for extra space. The Seven Stars Resort has a prime location right in the middle of Grace Bay with a huge pool area. The Tuscany gets the best reviews of any resort on Provo and is renowned for its friendly staff, gorgeous grounds, and uncrowded portion of beach. For a truly lavish experience, book a villa at the Amanyara Resort on the northwest point of the island. It will cost you but you’re unlikely to find its equal in the luxury department anywhere else.
More Affordable Luxury Options
If you’re craving nice digs but still working with a budget, don’t worry. You’ve got plenty of options. The Alexandra is a great option. It has everything you’d want in a beach resort at a fraction of the price. I personally recommend Ocean Club West as this is where I stayed and we had a great experience. The pool and restaurant area was great but more importantly there were plenty of chairs and umbrellas out on the beach (those adorable pink ones!) and the staff was very friendly and attentive. Their sister resort, Ocean Club, is also a good option although a little less centrally located. Both of these resorts have individually owned units that you can rent through VRBO for a cheaper rate. Beach House TCI is also an option that promises luxury but also has the option for a meal package add on to make it more all-inclusive.
If a resort isn’t your style, but you still want all of the amenities, check out some of these ah-mazing beachfront villas. Aquamarine Beach Houses have super luxe 1-8 bedroom villas right on Grace Bay. The Atlantic Ocean Beach Villas are located at the end of Grace Bay near Turtle Cove and are both super popular and super affordable. The Island Club town homes are a great little hidden gem on Grace Bay with all of the home away from home amenities you could want at a reasonable price. Breezy Palms Villa is also a great option if you’re looking for something in the Chalk Sound area.
For more vacation homes and house rentals in Turks and Caicos, try doing a search here to see what’s available that fits your party’s criteria.
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