Providenciales is the third largest island in the Turks and Caicos and has a total landmass of approximately 37 square miles (98 km sq). The length from end to end is about 17 miles (27km), and the width ranges from 1.5 miles (2.5km) to 8 miles (12km). The 2012 Census reported a
population of 23,769.
Providenciales does not have a distinct city center or town, as is the case with many other island destinations. The
Downtown area is the closest approximation to a city center, and although it lacks an organized layout, many
government offices, shops and businesses are found here.
If you’re planning to visit Providenciales and stay at a rental accommodation, see
Providenciales Vacation Villas for information on lodging locations from a visitor’s perspective.
The Three Original Settlements
A salt flat near West Harbour Bluff, Providenciales. Sea water trapped in flats quickly evaporates to salt, which was the primary industry of the country for over 250 years.
Previous to the advent of the tourism industry to Providenciales in the late 1970s, the island was only home to three small settlements:
Five Cays, and the
Bight. These communities were supported by
fishing and subsistence farming.
The vacation industry on Providenciales began at
Turtle Cove, where the construction of the Third Turtle Inn and the
Turtle Cove Marina opened the island to international tourism. It’s interesting to note that the island’s first resort was located here and not on world-famous
Grace Bay Beach.
There’s no organized public transport or bus service in the Turks and Caicos, although
ride-hailing services exist.
Areas and Districts Map
The map below shows areas and districts on Providenciales. The colored areas shown below reflect the partitioning of Providenciales used by this site to denote the location of
activities, businesses, and more throughout this website.