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Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos.

Celebrities and Famous People in the Turks and Caicos

As a very small country that relatively few have heard of, the Turks and Caicos has seen quite an impressive number of famous visitors from both today and past eras.

The Grand Turk Lighthouse at sunset.

Historic Arrivals

Along with being a possible site of Christopher Columbus’s first point of landfall in the Americas and New World, quite a few other interesting (albeit perhaps not globally significant!) historical events involving important people took place in and around the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Christopher Columbus
Date: 1492
Grand Turk is one of the three likely possible points of first landfall of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage to the New World.
Ponce De Leon
Date: 1512
Spanish conquistador Ponce De Leon, then governor of Puerto Rico, received a royal charter from the Spanish Court encouraged him to search for Bimini and the Fountain of Youth. Presumably on his way to discover what eventually became Florida, he anchored at an unknown location in our archipelago.
Captain John White
Date: 1587
English artist and explorer Captain John White stopped on West Caicos during the journey to Roanoke Island in Virginia. According to his accounts, he was expecting to gather the salt that would naturally occur in the shallow ponds, yet did not. Instead, his crew hunted “swanees” (probably flamingos!)
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Theodoor Hendrik Nikolaas de Booy
Date: 1911
Dutch-American anthropologist and noted authority on the Caribbean peoples Theodoor de Booy spent a bit of time in the Caicos Islands searching the land and caves for evidence and artefacts from the Taino people. The results from these efforts was a book; Lucayan Remains on the Caicos Islands, possibly the first published book centred on the country.
Prince George
Date: 1928
Prince George, Duke of Kent, visited Grand Turk aboard the Royal Navy D-Class Light Cruiser HMS Durban during a relief mission after the major 1928 Hurricane (referred to as the Hurricane of the Century). He went ashore incognito.
Princess Margaret
Date: 1960
Princess Margaret Rose of the United Kingdom, Countess of Snowdon, paid an official visit to Grand Turk on the HMS Britannia. On the visit, she stopped at the two U.S. bases on the island: NAVFAC and South Base.
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John Glenn
Date: 1962
The first landfall of American astronaut John Glenn after the historic Mercury space mission was the island of Grand Turk. Today, a monument commemorating the incredible event can be seen at the Grand Turk Cruise Center.
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H.M. Queen Elizabeth II
Date: 1966
Queen Elizabeth II visited South Caicos in 1966 aboard the Royal HMS Britannia. To commemorate the visit, the South Caicos Regatta has been held ever since.
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Duke of Edinburgh
Date: 1966
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to South Caicos.
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Prince Charles
Date: 1973
Prince Charles of the United Kingdom stopped over at Grand Turk on the HMS Minerva. During the stay, he took part in local cricket matches as a member of the ship’s team. The ship’s crew also conducted community service and took the island’s Series Land Rover ambulance to the local hospital to repair and paint!
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Prince Andrew
Date: 2000
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, made an official visit to the Turks and Caicos and stopped on both Grand Turk and Providenciales.
Resorts on the spectacular Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales,

Grace Bay and Providenciales

Grace Bay Beach, the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos, is world renowned for its pristine sand and turquoise water. Luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts line this breathtaking beach.

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Paul McCartney
Date:
Paul McCartney of the Beatles visited the Turks and Caicos by yacht and anchored off of Grace Bay.
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Christopher Walken
Date: 2002 and 2014
Actor Christopher Walken starred in two films shot in the Turks and Caicos: 2002 Life’s a Beach and the 2014 Turks and Caicos.
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Kenny Rogers
Date: 2007
Singer and songwriter Kenny Rogers performed in Turtle Cove on Providenciales during the now-defunct Turks and Caicos Music Festival.
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Alicia Keys
Date: 2007
Alicia Keys also performed at the 2007 Turks and Caicos Music Festival and went horseback riding with the local stable Caicos Corral.
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Maria Sharapova
Date: 2006
Tennis star Maria Sharapova stayed at the Grace Bay Club on the unparalleled Grace Bay Beach, and modelled for Sports Illustrated.
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Lionel Messi
Date: 2015
The Argentine professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona stayed at the all-inclusive Beaches Turks and Caicos.
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Katie Couric
Several visits
New anchor and author Katie Couric is known to have made quite a few trip to Providenciales and the brilliant Grace Bay Beach.
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Conan O'Brien
Date: 2008
Conan O'Brien stayed on Providenciales and Grace Bay Beach.
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Robin Wright
Date: 2017
Robin Wright, famous for her roles in the Princess Bride and television series House of Cards, stayed at Babalua Beach west of Grace Bay.
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Jimmy Buffet
Several visits
Along with having one of his namesake Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville restaurants at the Grand Turk Cruise Center, Jimmy Buffet has stopped over at Providenciales on the Hemisphere Dancer, his signature 1954 Grumman Albatross amphibious airplane.
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Dick Clark
Owned a home
Dick Clark once owned a house at Taylor Bay in Chalk Sound, Providenciales.
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Beyoncé
Date: 2008
Beyonce and Jay Z visited Providenciales and stayed at the Nicki Beach Resort (now Blue Haven).
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Jay Z
Date: 2008
Beyonce and Jay Z visited Providenciales and stay at the Nicki Beach Resort (now Blue Haven).
The exclusive and secluded Amanyara Resort at Malcolm's Road Beach, Providenciales.

Amanyara Resort, Providenciales

The exclusive and secluded all-inclusive Amanyara Resort is located on Malcolm's Road Beach on the Northwest Point Marine National Park. This wild and scenic region of Providenciales is a perfect backdrop for a tranquil stay.

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Will Smith
Several visits
Will Smith has stayed at several different spots on Providenciales, including on Grace Bay Beach and the remote Amanyara Resort.
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Brad Pitt
Date: 2016
Brad Pitt spent Thanksgiving 2016 at the secluded Amanyara Resort at Malcolm Road’s Beach on Providenciales.
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LeBron James
Date: 2014
LeBron James and Family visited Providenciales in 2014 and stayed at Amanyara.
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Bill Nighy
Date: 2014
Bill Nighy stared as Johnny Worricker in the political thriller Turks and Caicos, shot on Providenciales at Amanyara Resort, Blue Hills and Long Bay Beach.
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Winona Ryder
Date: 2014
Winona Ryder played a part in the 2014 film Turks and Caicos shot at Amanyara.
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Helena Bonham Carter
Date: 2014
Helena Bonham Carter was another one the famous actors that played a part in the 2014 Turks and Caicos movie.
Luxury villas on Long Bay Beach, providenciales.

Long Bay Beach, Providenciales

Found on the southeast side of Providenciales, Long Bay Beach is one of the region’s top kiteboarding spots, and attracts kiters from all over the globe. Luxury vacation villas can be seen across this 3 mile coast.

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Nicki Minaj
Date: 2016
For her 34th birthday, Nicki Minaj stayed in a luxury beachfront villa on Long Bay Beach, Providenciales.
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Kylie Jenner
Date: 2016
Kylie Jenner celebrated her 19th birthday at The Pearls of Long Bay luxury villa on Providenciales.
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John Kerry
Date: 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of State John F Kerry visited the Turks and Caicos in 2014, and took kiteboarding lessons at Long Bay Beach, Providenciales.
Prince’s villa at Turtle Tail, Providenciales.

Turtle Tail, Providenciales

Turtle Tail is a highly scenic residential area on the south coast of Providenciales. The beautiful hills and bluffs on this peninsula offers incredible views over the turquoise Caicos Banks and inland marine ponds.

Several beautiful yet small beaches are found interspersed along this limestone coast.

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Prince
Owned Home
Prince owned one of the largest mansions in the Turks and Caicos, complete with a purple driveway!
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Rihanna
Date: 2016
Famous Bajan singer Rihanna stayed at an opulent and expansive villa in Turtle Tail, Providenciales.
The beautiful Parrot Cay.

Parrot Cay

The 1000 acre Parrot Cay is found east of Providenciales. The island boasts spectacular beaches and luxury low-density development. Unlike the neighbouring Pine Cay, Parrot Cay does not have an airstrip, so visitors are ferried to the island by boat.

The island is home to the COMO Parrot Cay Resort, luxury villas managed by the resort, and private residences. The resort also features Shambhala Retreat, the famous full-service spa and well-being centre.

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President Bill Clinton
Date: 2011
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Parrot Cay and stayed at Donna Karan's private villa.
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Hillary Clinton
Date: 2011
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Parrot Cay with her husband Bill and daughter Chelsea.
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Several visits
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were married on the exclusive Parrot Cay in 2005.
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Bill and Melinda Gates
Date: 2009
Tech billionaire Bill Gates and his wife visited the Turks and Caicos in 2009. During his stay, he visited the Provo Golf Club several times.
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Christie Brinkley
Owns home
Christie Brinkley owns a luxury villa, Lucky House, on Parrot Cay.
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Donna Karan
Owns home
Fashion designer Donna Karan has been a long time property owner in the Turks and Caicos.
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Bruce Willis
Owns home
Actor Bruce Willis has one of the more-luxurious villas on Parrot Cay, in addition to real estate on Ambergris Cay.
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Keith Richards
Owns home
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards owns a villa on the exclusive Parrot Cay.
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Michael Douglas
Date: 2007
Actor Michael Douglas visited the Turks and Caicos in 2007 with Catherine-Zeta Jones, and was rumoured to have considered purchasing property on Dellis Cay. However, the project fell through due to the 2008 financial crisis.
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Demi Moore
Date: 2011
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher stayed on Parrot Cay at Bruce Willis’s villa.
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Ashton Kutcher
Date: 2011
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher stayed on Parrot Cay at Bruce Willis’s villa.
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Prince Edward
Date: 2001
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited Parrot Cay on holiday in 2001.
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Cindy Crawford
Several visits
Cindy Crawford lists Parrot Cay Beach as her favourite beach.
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Justin Bieber
Date: 2015
Justin Bieber stayed at Christie Brinkley’s Lucky House on Parrot Cay.
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Brad Pitt
Date: 2012
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and family stayed at Donna Karan’s villa.
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Angelina Jolie
Date: 2012
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and family stayed at Donna Karan’s villa.
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Cara Delevingne
Date: 2015
English supermodel Cara Delevingne lists Parrot Cay as her favourite island in the world.
Barbra Streisand
Date: 2000
Barbra Streisand spent Christmas at the island.
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Richard Gere
Date:
Richard Gere stayed on Parrot Cay also played at the Provo Golf Club.
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Gene Simmons
Date: 2007
Gene Simmons spent some time on Parrot Cay and filmed part of a Family Jewels episode here as well.
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Howard Stern
Date: 2010
Howard Stern’s stay on Parrot Cay was apparently marred by migrating swarms of termites! This rare and localised event can be seen at times throughout the country.
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Jerry Seinfeld
Date: 2000
Jerry Seinfeld honeymoon on the island with wife Jessica.
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Liam Neeson
Date: 2000
Liam Neeson and late wife Natasha Richardson stayed at Parrot Cay in 2000.
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Eva Longoria
Date: 2007
Eva Longoria stayed on Parrot Cay for her honeymoon with Tony Parker in 2007.
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Rio Ferdinand
Home
Professional footballer Rio Ferdinand owns a villa on Parrot Cay.
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Matt Damon
Several visits
Matt Damon has made several trips to the Turks and Caicos with friend Ben Affleck.
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Julia Roberts
Several visits
Actress Julia Roberts has been known to visit the private island several times.
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Kate Moss
Several visits
British supermodel Kate Moss has made quite a few trip to the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands, and has done modelling work here as well.
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Janet Jackson
Date: 2001
Janet Jackson made a quick trip to Parrot Cay in 2001.
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Gwyneth Paltrow
Several visits
Gwyneth Paltrow has visited the Turks and Caicos and Parrot Cay a few times, and owns land on Ambergris Cay.
Windsurfing legends Brian de’Action Man Talma and Kevin Pritchard at the Windvibes water sports competition on Providenciales.

Water Sports Champions

With an amazing and pristine marine environment, it’s no wonder that our archipelago has attracted some of the world’s top ocean athletes.

Tanya Streeter
Date: 2002
World champion freediver Tanya Streeter broke the no limit world freediving record in 2002 off of Providenciales, descending to 525 feet in depth on a single breath of air.
Brian “de’Action Man” Talma
Date: 2016
Bajan pro windsufer and general water sports ambassador Brian Talma visited two of the local Windvibes competitions as an honorary guest.
Kevin Pritchard
Date: 2016
World champion windsurfer Kevin Pritchard visited Providenciales in 2016, and supported the Windvibes event.
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Kelly Slater
Several visits
World famous professional surfer Kelly Slater is known to have visited some of the surf spots of the Turks and Caicos.
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Rowdy Gaines
Date: 2015
Olympic gold medallist swimmer Rowdy Gaines made a stay in the Turks and Caicos and supported the local Race for the Conch swim event.