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2 weeks on PROVO? Itinerary help.

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2 weeks on PROVO? Itinerary help.

Hello all.

This will be our first trip to TCI. We've previously been to Maui and Aruba.

We are traveling for our honeymoon in August 2014 for 2 weeks.

The plan is to rent a unit at the Alexandra. We found one on VRBO for half price from Jody Sawchuk. $1100/week. It's a nice little studio with kitchenette.

We plan for, beach days, exploring, snorkeling, hiking, more beach, excursions involving snorkel or similar. Possibly parasail.

Ideally I could meet a buddy with a boat and we could hang out all day :)

We want to see as much of the island as possible and would like a day trip or two to north and middle Caicos.

Plan on renting at soft top jeep from Rent-A-Buggy at bit over $500/week.

We also plan to eat out most nights. As we're saving some money on the accommodations we think we can eat out alot and just pack lunches for the day.

Now when I was in Aruba we would just pack up the jeep with a cooler of beer and food and go all day. Is this okay to do in TCI? Driving around with a cooler of beer in the back seat?

(Not drunken - just some to cool our throats:)

Are there any beaches on the island that are private? Is there any areas which we should be aware of to no go?

Is a car for all 2 weeks on PROVO too much?

We would need to double rent of we were on middle or north caicos for the day?

Any suggestions would be great! We already have a good list of restaurants to hit, island highlights, and excursions. I just like the adventure- things that aren't planned really. More flying by the seat of our pants. Also interested in fishing :)

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1. Re: 2 weeks on PROVO? Itinerary help.

Looks like you got lots of good things already planned/covered? Definitely do that Daytripper to North/Middle Caicos and go to the Casablanca Casino for some late night challenges. You could have been me 40 years ago. Just keep that jeep on hard surfaces and watch out for those sand traps and I'm not talking about those golf course ones? All the beaches up to high tide berm are public in the Turks&Caicos Islands. We will again be unleashed upon the Island in full "Happy" mode for a 2 weeker in August too. We like to honeymoon once or twice a year on Provo and it gets better with that same person I always take. DR. JIM

Edited: 11:02 am, February 06, 2014
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2. Re: 2 weeks on PROVO? Itinerary help.

Love your avatar!!!

When you go to North/ Middle you will need to have a rental booked there. The ferry is a passenger ferry only.

While on Provo, be sure to drive up to Leeward and spend some time on the beach there. My personal favourite!

Check out Sapadilla and Taylor Bay. Then have lunch or a drink at Las Brisas ( closed Tues) overlooking stunning Chalk Sound.

Enjoy Provo ......Happy honeymoon!

Edited: 5:00 pm, February 06, 2014
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3. Re: 2 weeks on PROVO? Itinerary help.

Packing a Jeep with a cooler and heading out for a day of exploring is the way we roll too B-)

I'd also suggest waking up and heading right over to Smith's Reef for a morning snorkel. We try and do that every day we're on Provo. We usually get up early enough that no one else is there, although it's never really crowded. Park the Jeep where you see the sandy spot here (remember what Dr. Jim says above, careful of the sand traps)

http://goo.gl/maps/ipjhx

You can trace the roads back on that map (Coconut Rd., Bridge Rd., Lower Bight Rd.) The first time we went there we were a bit unsure where the parking was because you drive through what almost looks like a private driveway, although it's really just a one lane little short road.

Once you park, you'll want to walk up the beach a bit until you get about here -

http://goo.gl/maps/REQy4

First time we went, we also made the mistake of going in the water right in front of where you park. You'll quickly find out that you're too close to where the boats pull out of the harbor, and you're missing the better parts of the reef. When you get to the right spot, you'll swim out farther than you first think. There are a few dips in the reef that then come up again with another coral head. It's a great snorkel spot.

Don't be afraid to pack a few beers in a cooler for your ferry trip over to North and Middle too. We found those cheap silver bags over by the beer section at the IGA work great. Hit up Daniel's Cafe on Middle for lunch too!

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4. Re: 2 weeks on PROVO? Itinerary help.

Thanks for the pointers guys.

As far as parking when were out and about, just look for a spot to pull off? I'm sure there's not always prime paved lots lol

What's the best ways to see the cays? Do day excursions?

Any recommended car rentals on north/middle?

Best fishing company? Bone fishing/flats or deep water?

Any special events in August?

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Special events in August? YES, Lobster consumption season starts usually by August 15th. DR. JIM

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6. Re: 2 weeks on PROVO? Itinerary help.

Parking is pretty easy to figure out. If it's not a paved lot with signs, just basically park somewhere out of the way of other traffic.

The round trip ferry ride to North is $50 a person, it's a fun ride in itself and you'll see many of the cays. Here's what it looks like from North to Provo -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl9f7y5IxV0

Of course depending on what side of the boat you're looking out and which route the driver is taking, you may see open water or more of the cays. And if you want to experience more of the cays, you'll have to book an excursion.

All the cars I've ever rented on North are pretty beat up. Make sure you have the rental set up before you get there. Mark from Pelican Car Rentals is a nice guy, he saved us from being stranded when the other car rental company didn't show up even though I had set up reservations with them in advance.

I brought my own fishing rod on this last trip, here's where to get a license if you decide to do that -

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147395-i212-k7151…

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7. Re: 2 weeks on PROVO? Itinerary help.

Yeah! I was thinking of bringing a rod. I wouldn't need some beefed up rod would I? For fishing the shallows.

Speak more of this lobster consumption.? I plan to eat lots of lobster :) lol and so does the girl.

We are looking at August 5-19th.

Are you saying I can't get any fresh lobster before then? Or there is no lobster anywhere like restaurants and whatnot. When I was in Hawaii locals would dive like 40-60 feet down and spear them then come up :) crazy

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I brought a light rod that breaks down into multiple pieces so it's easy to pack. I also had a light reel on it with 8lb test line. I enjoy fishing on lighter tackle, it gives the fish a real chance, makes for a better fight. But if you're going off a boat in deeper water for bigger fish, of course you'll need to beef up the gear.

I was casting small kastmasters and did better than I thought I would, the locals like to use conch for bait. The main bridge at the causeway between North and Middle is a good spot, also the rusty barge at Platico Point on Middle. I didn't get a chance to fish from shore on Provo.

I believe the Hawaiian slingshot is illegal to use on lobster in TCI, which I assume they use for lobster in Hawaii. You'll see the guys in TCI dive down that deep for conch and lobster. They use a long fiberglass rod with a hook attached on the end to hook and pull the lobsters out of their holes. There's a good chance you'll see lobster in shallower water while you snorkel too.

Edited: 10:47 am, February 07, 2014
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9. Re: 2 weeks on PROVO? Itinerary help.

You sound like my kind of "seat of the pants" travelers. Have you considered a day trip to Grand Turk or Salt Cay? Both are well worth the efforts, IMO. You can call the folks at www.turksandcaicosreservations.com for all of your arrangements.

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Lobster season closes March 31st this year. NO Lobster @ all(can't take, buy, sell, serve it, etc.) This gives our tasty(good tail) critters time to replenish their dwindling numbers for @ least 4 months(April, May, June, July) or so. It may open for the 2014 season possibly as early as August 1st, but the last couple of years it has been August 15th. We plan our 2 weeker around this date to arrive when it commences. Prices last year was $14-$16/lb. DR. JIM