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The Turks and Caicos offer a variety of island experiences. We were on
Grand Turk, Salt Cay, and Provo this year.
For isolation, snorkeling, and diving , Salt Cay would be
hard to beat. We stayed at Mt. Pleasant Guest House - 4 rooms in the main
building, another 4 in an annex, great food, great host, "this ain't the
Hyatt Regency, you know" decor. Salt Cay Divers, which provides
friendly, personalized trips to what we were told by other guests
sites is right on the grounds. You can walk to a small cove for
some very good snorkeling. We enjoyed the camaraderie of Mt.
However, if you want to be on your own, consider The Castaways.
There are two cottages with two suites in each cottage. They sit right on
a lovely beach with very good snorkeling directly off shore. You can either
cook in (with food you bring with you since there is no shopping on Salt
Cay) or take your meals at Mt. Pleasant. You will need to rent a golf cart
to get between The Castaways and Mt. Pleasant unless you like really long
Salt Cay is a place out of another time - kind of a Lake Woebegone of the
We loved it even though as Brian Sheedy, the squire of Mt. Pleasant
explained, there isn't much to do since the escalator outside
at the mall broke down and cut off the best shopping and the multiplex
theater. If you stay a week on Salt Cay you may either never want to leave
may wonder who that lunatic was on the 'Net who sent you to the end of
We also enjoyed Grand Turk. It has more of a small, quiet town feeling
compared to Salt Cay it is a booming metropolis.
There are several good dive shops with which you can explore the
walls that surround the island. There is also a tiny, excellent
to the excavation of a 15th century ship.
There are good beaches but very little in the way of snorkeling
(although the day trip to
Gibbs Cay where sting rays circle your ankles in knee deep water was a
There are quite a few lodging choice. We stayed at the Turks Head.
It is a big old house, once used as a goveror's residence - very nicely
redone - with 4 or
6 very comfortable rooms, very friendly hosts and the best food on the
island. If you stay a
week on Salt Cay, you could break it up with a day trip to Grand Turk on
Fred's boat when he goes over for supplies.
On Provo you have a wide choice of lodgings. We stayed at Turtle Cove Inn
which is a very pleasant, "good quality motelish" kind of place built
a lovely little pool and garden. Moderately priced, not on the beach but
walking distance of the best snorkeling on the island. We visited the
Club several times. We had a breakfast and a lunch at Ocean Club and also
took a familiarization tour with one of their salespeople. It is a
place. The grounds are lovely and meticulously maintained. The apartments
very attractive and spacious. The poolside area for breakfast and lunch is
attractive, with good food and prices less than we expected. We also had
dinner at their Greco Grill restaurant. The food was very good, but we
that the Terrace Restaurant at Turtle Cove, where we ate several times was
better overall experience and probably the best restaurant on Provo. The
beach is part of the long, spectacular Grace Bay beach. The only
for us would be that there is no nearby snorkeling (if you don't have a
if you do, no problem). It is, however, reasonably close to the marina
which J&B takes snorkeling tours. Also, since it is right next door to
Med, you should ask when you book if noise from Club Med is ever a problem
night. We asked and were told that it was not. Also, if you want an ocean
front room, make sure that you arrange for one since Ocean Club is a big
place, and some of the rooms are set back pretty far from the beach.
from what we saw, would definitely recommend it highly.
While you are on Provo, make sure to get to The Pub On The Bay for dinner.
is a local place with delicious food at reasonable prices which is served
a pavillion on the beach from which you have a great view of the length of
Thanks to Mike for this trip report ...