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“#1 On My List To Re-Visit”

Reviewed August 22, 2013

Regrettably, I have flown into and out of Provo many times but have never spent the night there. The people are friendly and live on "island time" so don't get in a hurry to do anything, just chill out and enjoy the beautiful island with sugar fine white beaches. One perk of being a "Capitan" of a private jet is arriving and departing customs are fast, smooth and cool in a private, air conditioned Fixed Base Operation far from the airline terminal. They even have vending machines where you can purchase Cuban cigars while you wait for the fuel truck to top the aircraft off! This island is #1 on my list to re-visit when I retire. I'd love to sail my own boat down there and get into the "island time" rhythm! Who knows, I may never leave!

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

If this is your first trip to Turks & Caicos beware of the Air Port Departure! The Providenciales Air Port is both small and very hot. Check-in lines are usually long and slow moving as well. Get to the air port early as seating is limited in the terminal. Also I would recommend eating before heading off to the air port as choice of foods are limited and very expensive. But Heck you're on vacation so grab another beer and relax a few more hours it will be back to work soon enough! Have Fun!

4  Thank William P
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We were lucky to visit on a beautiful sunny day so the views were spectacular. The visitor experience is undermined a little by the long queues and facilities which feel quite old

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

I recently vacationed in Provo for ten days and was appalled and horrified by the way the natives treat the stray animals on this island. The island is very small but there are 4000, yes four thousand stray wild dogs dying of heart worm and starvation there. I drove by 10 dead dogs on the main thoroughfare and was shocked by the oblivious nature of the people living on this island. The average stray dog lives to be 3 years old, dying of starvation, heart worm, and being torn to bits by other hungry strays. I will never travel here again, I would never spend a dollar on a culture that is so cold to these beautiful creatures. There is a group called the PotCake Rescue shelter that is amazing, they do as much as they can, but they cannot keep up with the amount of strays and ignorance of those living there. (I noticed many, many churches, but the natives have a weird sense of what being close to "God" is by letting these creatures suffer. If you do go, stop by the Potcake Place and lend a hand.

9  Thank Lucymargret
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

This was the best beach vacation we ever took! Smiths Reef was beautiful but beware its very rocky terrain and you need water shoes to snorkel. You can park at the end of the beach by the dive shops and boat launch. It's a long walk to to snorkel so don't bring alot of things to carry. You can walk along to the public beach but it's far. Pizza Pizza in the hotel zone is really good. Tastes similar to American pizza. We went to Caicos cafe becasue of some reviews here and were not disappointed. The best fresh baked goods anywhere! The local super market around the corner had some great baked goods too for cheaper prices. You can pick up lunch to bring with to island hop on the ferry.
Daniels cafe on Middle Caicos has awesome snapper for $10. Going to Middle Caicos was a 45 min trip by boat (ferry) for $50 round trip. It's well worth it. They show you movie star homes on the way and the water is the most amazing color blue you will EVER see!! The caves in Middle Caicos were nothing to write home about and there are locals there taking money for entering. There are bats and cock roaches running around so if your afraid of them, stay away. Its a rugged drive to the caves from the landing of the ferry so rent a Jeep or truck (45 min drive). Gas is expensive and stations are far and few so fill up when you leave the ferry area. There are a few deserted beaches along the way that look like they could be in the movies! They were building a bar on top of a cliff at one of the beaches and would be amazing to sit and have a few drinks and watch the sunset. It wasn't quite finished when we visited. Shark Bite in Provo had great burgers and was a fun atmosphere.
There is a chicken shack ($3 chicken is what the locals call it) it has great sized wings for $3 or larger plate for $4. Best wings anywhere! We ate there everyday it was so cheap! You can get $1 fries with it. You have to order it by dollar amount or you will confuse them. Huge meal. Its located on Leeward Hgy at Lee Cox sign towards Southdock next to the Texaco station towards the airport.
There is an Indian restaurant in the hotel zone called Graham Masala. It had great food. I highly recommend it.
Airport security line going home looks worse than it is. It goes fast and if your flight is boarding they will move you up in line to get you to your plane. It took a half hour in line with well over a hundred people. The longest lines were for United Airlines to check in to go home. I'd skip taking them and go with another airlines it was so bad.
West Jet is popular there and flies all over. I never heard of it before this trip.
Be aware that the stray dog population is outrageous!!
There are packs of dogs walking around all over. Do not go near them or feed them. We counted 13 dogs in one pack! Some of them lived in construction sites. We actually watched a dog get hit by a car and the local just kept going. My kids were devastated to say the least!!!! To help alleviate the dog population humanely you can donate to www.potcakeplace.com a local animal welfare that helps spay/neuter dogs that they advertise on the local TV. We found it and it looks reputable.
Hemingways was a great dinner place for romance and relaxing. Great food too. You can go in most of the resort places and swim for free. Two of the most unfriendly places were Amanyara and Grace Bay which seemed to look down on us as if we were pieces of dirt. Very unfriendly places which is unlike any of the other resorts. They wanted $30/pp to swim in their pool. They didn't care if we were going to buy their over priced drinks or not. There were really friendly resorts like Coral Gardens, which is great for nightlife. Great bartender!! Had a great time there with him.

3  Thank moetrn1
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