From Farm to Fritter
A tropical specialty and staple on the menu at The Deck, conch fritters have long been synonymous with the islands but did you know that Provo is home to the world’s first and only commercial conch farm? This open-to-the-public enclave has been cultivating the prized Caribbean Queen Conch for 29 years. A 30-minute tour covers the science and technology behind the farm’s success. A great excursion for kids, this hands-on gem spanning 10 oceanfront acres, plus 65 acres of sub-sea pasture, is a win-win for islanders, providing jobs, economic growth and a low-cost/high-protein food while protecting wild conch stocks from exploitation.
Address: Leeward Highway, Providenciales
Tired of strolling along beautiful Grace Bay Beach? How about sauntering along on horseback? Our friends at the Caicos Corral offer guided horseback rides along pretty, less populated stretches of picturesque Grace Bay. They’ll pick you up at our Providenciales front door, provide brief instruction if needed, then lead you on a leisurely shoreline trek. And should you work up a sweat, these friendly steeds will even wade into the water to help you cool off! Caicos Corral has just four horses — Chiquita, Margarita, Angel, and Freckles — so your experience is sure to be a relaxed and intimate one.
Meet Me at the Maskanoo
When a colorful, creatively masked crowd gathers along Grace Bay Road on Boxing Day, it can only mean one thing…Maskanoo! This cultural celebration, held annually on the day after Christmas, is a Turks & Caicos tradition blending African culture with an exuberant dose of slave-era costumed pageantry. The event is said to have originated with 18th century slaves who were brought to our islands to work the salt ponds. Today, it’s a showcase of island music, food, arts and entertainment – all kicking off with a spirited street parade along Grace Bay Road, between the Regent Village and Salt Mills Plaza, in Providenciales. Masks optional (but encouraged).
Address: Grace Bay Road, Providenciales
A French Bakery in Provo? Mais, oui!
Every now and then, you need a break from Provo’s parade of conch-centric specialties and when you do, it’s time to head to Caicos Bakery, a sweet little storefront just a short stroll from Seven Stars that rivals any Parisian patisserie. Out-of-this-world almond croissants, coconut éclairs and creamy Neapolitans draw an enthusiastic breakfast crowd while lunch-goers line up for ham and cheese croissants, sublime slices of quiche and petit pizzas. One word of caution – go early. The shop opens at 7 am and closes at 4:30 pm but, by then, most of the deliciousness is long gone. Everything is baked fresh every day and when it’s gone – well, it’s gone.
Address: Caicos Café Plaza.