Chalk Sound is one of the prettiest areas of Providenciales. It is located in the Southwest part of the island where you will find breathtaking views on either side of the peninsula that runs between the salt water ‘Sound’ to the East and the ocean to the West and South. The Chalk Sound area offers two pristine cove beaches to enjoy; Taylor Bay and Sapadilla Bay. Both beach spots are less than half a mile long but have the best sunset views available. Taylor Bay is the quieter of the two beaches and its very shallow and tranquil waters make for the best conditions for young children and seniors.
Sapadilla Bay also offers the calm waters Taylor Bay does, but with a deeper entry. At Sapadilla Bay you will find beach vendors offering paddleboard, kayak and even jet ski rentals. Both Taylor Bay and Sapadilla Bay are developed with just residential vacation homes. Many will enjoy that there are no hotel or condos towering over either beach. Also, just across the street from Sapadilla Bay, there is a great low-key restaurant/bar called Las Brisas; incredible views with great food and drinks. On the ‘Sound’ side to the East, swim, snorkel, kayak or paddleboard and discover turtles, rays and even dolphins in the in the shallow and bright turquoise waters.
The island’s kiteboarding beach. Steady breezes from the Southeast and the shallows of the Caicos Banks make this one of the world’s best spots to learn to kite board. The beach itself is about 4 miles long and looks the South over the Caicos Banks. The Caicos Banks are very shallow, for roughly 90 miles across and 50 miles out it does not get deeper than 10’.
On the East end of Long Bay Beach, there is a new hotel called the Shore Club where outside guests are welcomed in to dine at any of the three restaurants onsite or have a drink at the beach bar. Long Bay is also home to Provo Ponies, a local and tourist favorite for 15+ years. They offer unique horseback riding trips from their stables in Long Bay to Long Bay Beach where you can ride the horses in the shallow waters. The horses love it and the Instagram picture is worth getting your legs wet for!
In the center of Providenciales on the South side, you will find Turtle Tail. As you drive out there, you drive around Flamingo Lake, where you guessed it, Flamingos can be seen! The lake also has lots of bonefish, so if you have brought your fly-rod, Flamingo Lake is a nice and easy spot that you do not need to get in a boat to fish. Continuing around Flamingo Lake, you will find many high end waterfront homes, many are vacation rental properties.
Turtle Tail is great because instead of one large beach, there are many small cove beaches to discover and if you are lucky enough to have your own villa on one, you likely will not see another person on it throughout the length of your stay…total privacy!
Leeward is located on the Eastern tip of Providenciales. It is mostly a residential area with massive high-end beachfront estates and luxury canal homes. There is one condo-hotel called Blue Haven that has a marina where most of the largest yachts in the Turks and Caicos are docked. For those looking to be closest to the action and movement of Grace Bay, Leeward is only 5 minutes away. There is also the country’s only golf course, Provo Golf Club, one minute away by car.
While staying in Leeward, enjoy close proximity to neibouring uninhabited islands Mangrove Cay, Little Water Cay and Big Water Cay, just a short paddle away.
Grace Bay is the tourist center of the island. There you will find most of the island’s hotels, bars and restaurants. The area boasts a fantastic choice of cuisine, nightlife and duty free shopping. There are no villas on the beach for rent in this area as it is all commercial but you will find places off the beach and in walking distance of many things to do.