Providenciales is the third largest island in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with an area of approximately 37 square miles (98 km sq). The length from end to end is 17 miles (27 km), and the width ranges from 1.5 miles (2.5 km) to 8 miles (12 km).
Most development is from the middle to the east end of the island, with a heavy concentration in Grace Bay. Grace Bay is host to the world famous beach and is the main tourist district. Turtle Cove, situated in the middle north shore, has a smaller tourist area and was the original development area.
The approximate centre of the island contains the airport and the Downtown area (which contains a few banks and assorted stores, although not too much overall). The south east quadrant of Providenciales is mostly residential (including rental villas), with a few various businesses and marinas.
The west midlands are largely undeveloped.
Areas and Districts Map
The map below shows areas and districts on Providenciales. The coloured areas shown below reflect the partitioning of Providenciales used by this site to denote the location of accommodation, activities, businesses, and more throughout this website.
Blue Hills is a local residential area and one of the original settlement areas. A few local restaurants are located here, as well as several churches. Wheeland is the name for the west end of the area, although it's not commonly used.
Home to the highest point on Providenciales, Blue Mountain, this area is almost entirely residential. A few villas are located in this area. Excellent views of Providenciales from the top of Blue Mountain.
Chalk Sound is brilliant turquoise lagoon filled with hundreds of little rocky islands. On calm days the area is an excellent location for kayaking and paddle boarding. Many residential and rental villas are located here, along with the beautiful Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay beaches.
Cooper Jack is home to a marina and a few residences (no villas). Excellent views of the Caicos Banks.
Discovery Bay is both an industrial and residential area. Few shops, restaurants, and villas are located here.
This is the main 'downtown' area on Providenciales, although there is not much overall. This development in this area is very spread out, not a condensed city centre. Banks and a few stores are located here.
One of the two original settlements, Five Cays is the home to both locals and migrant workers. No shops hotels or villas are here, although there are a few shops and restaurants.
Grace Bay is by far the main tourist area on Providenciales. Grace Bay Beach and most of the island's hotels and restaurants are located in this area. Grace Bay Central is the main area. Grace Bay West and East have several hotels and condominiums as well as private residences, although there are fewer shops and restaurants.
A residential area. No shops, restaurants, hotels, or villas are located here.
A residential area. No hotels or villas here, but there are some shops and restaurants.
Leeward is a private development, although the entire area is open to the public. Mostly a residential area, although a few condominiums have been built, and also the location of Leeward Marina. Leeward Beaches are located here.
Leeward Highway is the main motorway on Providenciales, and runs from Downtown (near the airport) to the east end of the island. Many stores are located along the highway, including the IGA Supermarket (Leeward Highway Central).
This rocky beach really isn’t that great for swimming, but a decent snorkeling reef can be found a distance out. Babalua Beach tends to be quiet and is rarely busy. This beach is bordered on one side by the canal into Turtle Cove Marina and on the other by the sea cliffs of Blue Mountain.
Originally an entirely residential area, a few condominiums are now being built. A few villas are here, but no shops or restaurants. Long Bay Beach is located here.
Northwest Point National Park
This scenic section of Providenciales is an ideal place to spend an afternoon exploring some of the natural features of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The main points of interest here are the rugged rocky coastline (locally called “iron shore”) and small coves.
The government operated port is located here as well as a few industrial businesses. No shops, restaurants, hotels, or villas are located here.
South Dock Road
A few industrial operations are located in this area. No shops, restaurants, hotels, or villas are located here.
The first area to be developed, Turtle Cove is now home to the popular Turtle Cove Marina complex. A few hotels, villas, shops, and restaurants are located here. Smith's Reef is here, which is an excellent snorkeling area, but poor for swimming (the beach improves toward Grace Bay).
A residential are with a few villas, a sports centre, and the National Stadium. No shops, restaurants, or hotels, are located here.
This remote beach is located near the Amanyara Resort, and is a long drive down a dusty dirt road. Not the best for snorkeling or swimming, but usually deserted. Can be good for beachcombing.