Go Fly A Kite
Powered by warm Caribbean breezes, the Turks & Caicos Islands' 22nd Annual Kite Flying Competition blows into Provo on Easter Monday, April 21 in the beachfront Bight Children's Park. This full-day of family fun includes an Easter Egg Hunt, live music, face painting, games and lots of local food and drink. Prizes and trophies will be awarded in classic categories like largest and smallest kite, most artistic kite and best traditional kite. There aren't too many rules to follow but kites must be handmade and, oh yeah, your work of art must be air-worthy, staying aloft for at least five minutes. Whether you come for competitive kite flying or just kick back and watch others do all the work, you're sure to find a fun mix of locals and guests of Turks and Caicos Islands beachfront hotels.
Address: Bight Children's Park, Provo
Lessons in Island Life
If you love our islands as much as we do, why not learn more about them? Take a little break from the sun and water and head over to the Turks & Caicos National Museum on Grand Turk. It's a fascinating catch-all spanning centuries of history. From exhibits on shipwrecks and slavery to coins and cultural life, you'll walk away knowing more about the Turks & Caicos Islands than you ever imagined. And for those not lucky enough to tag along, drop by the museum gift shop for locally roasted coffee, authentic sea salt from nearby Salt Cay and beautiful sea glass jewelry made from glass tumbled in the Grand Turk surf.
Address: Guinep House, Front Street, Grand Turk
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.